But we were rescued by an intrepid team of women from elsewhere in the federation, who very kindly offered to help out at the last minute. Decorative wreaths must be a mainstay of WIs across the country, because they all knew exactly what they were doing despite having just a few hours’ notice!
With a record-breaking number of ladies attending, the room was soon filled with sprigs of greenery, clumps of berries and sparkling bows and baubles. As our friendly helpers walked around supervising our efforts, dozens of beautiful, individual creations began to take shape.
It was interesting to see how different some of the wreaths could look, even though most of us were using the same materials. Some were very neat and well manicured with tiny foil-wrapped presents and miniature baubles on them, while others were more natural-looking, with larger pieces of holly and ivy and making use of natural decorations such as cut flowers and pine cones.
As our final meeting of the year, it was a great way to celebrate together – a room full of laughter and everyone taking something home at the end. It was also a good thing we had moved venue because we could never have fitted all those ladies, plus the oasis rings and bags full of branches, into the room at the Conservative Club! But it was a great sign of just how well the group is going that so many people turned up to what was only our third full meeting.
Merry Christmas everyone, and we look forward to seeing you all again throughout 2012!