Category Archives: Visits

Visits Group at the Southport Flower Show

After an inauspicious start, with vast quantities of rain, we had a fantastic day out at Southport.

There was plenty of shelter, displays, food & flower arranging demonstrations  & lots of  freebies.

In the afternoon, the sun was shining, dogs were competing, birds of prey were in action and there  was even a Ukulele band playing Matchstalk Men

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Admittedly my raffle prize got banged about a bit on the way home & was clumsily repaired. (I bet a Leyland U3A) flower arranging class could do better

Many thanks to Hilary for driving

If you enjoyed today, look out for our trip in April when we will be making Hanging Baskets.

PAM CARROLL

Visit to Blacksheeps Wools

Wednesday 21st June

On a very bright and sunny Wednesday morning the members of the Knitting and Crochet group,  along with one or two invited guests set out to visit the BLACKSHEEP WOOL yarn store in Culcheth.

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We spent a couple of very happy hours browsing and squishing the inspiring range of beautiful yarns and pattern books, only pausing to take over the small cafe to eat sandwiches and cake whilst we compared the contents of our baskets.

We were delighted to see such a wide range of materials to choose from, with colourful acrylics, fun tinsel and fluffy yarns, traditional pure wool and merino blends and more upmarket and exotic choices such as yak and beautifully soft alpaca. The Blacksheep staff were in the process of installing a new Rowan Wool department and the coordination of the yarn types and colours was just stunningly beautiful.

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We stowed our bulging bags of booty in the bus, which was very ably driven by David Hambley, and made a quick detour to the nearby BENTS GARDEN CENTRE for a whistle stop tour to admire the plants and visit the food hall before returning happy and tired to Leyland.

We enjoyed our day out, and are now starting to plan our next foray- this time to visit the acclaimed YARNDALE EVENT in the Skipton Auction Mart, in September. More details on this to follow, but please get in touch with the group co-ordinations if you are interested in either joining the Craft, Knitting and Crochet groups, or would like to find out more about the Yarndale visit.

Kim Whittle

Visit to Bury Market

Great trip to Bury Market on Friday 21 April. All went smoothly, in the capable hands of  Dave (driving) & Jenny & Keith (organising). Jenny even got free shopping bags for everyone- kudos!  Not just Black puddings, but an  amazing variety of goods for sale.  Loads of bargains in meat, fish, fruit & veg, material & sewing items and all kinds of everything. Reminded me of the shop content in Sids poem. Bought as much as I could carry (with a little help)  Let us know how you cook the kerala (strange spiky vegetable) & whether it is delicious Maureen.  Will definitely revisit.

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PAM CARROLL

Visit to Dewlay Cheese & Garstang

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A  large group of Leyland U3A members went on an outing today, first to Dewlay cheese at Garstang for a talk. tour & tasting and then to the town & markets.

The day began with brews & biscuits and we were told about Dewlay by the  enthusiastic, knowledgeable and cheese-loving Jane.  The founder George Kenyon, from Wigan, wanted a name that indicated quality food. Dewlay was how he thought  Du Lait , the French for “from milk “was written and the name stuck. Dewlay now produces top quality products from locally sourced milk. They make 5 basic cheeses, Lancs crumbly, creamy, tasty, white & Garstang  blue, all of which  are  totally vegetarian,  unlike eg Parmesan.  We saw the cheese being made. Turning the curds involved. very heavy manual work. Also Prince Charles personal Earl Grey teapot, which he left behind on Tuesday. We were given 2 generous boards of cheese to sample – we should have taken bread to make sandwiches.

We then went in Garstang had lunch and bought lots of shoes

Thanks to Ann France for her hard work in organising this successful trip.

PAM CARROLL

 

Choc Amor Mawdesley – Visits Group Inaugural First Trip

Nine of us visited Choc Amor at Cedar Farm Galleries Mawdesley yesterday.

After a look around the other shops at Cedar Farm, we were ushered into the workshop of award winning chocolatier Paul Williams, with its enormous marble table, chocolate tempering machines and temperature controlled fridge. This is a working kitchen, but being older creatures, most of us settled on available chairs or stairs

We were shown a huge  cocoa pod and the 4 basic  ingredients of chocolate ( cocoa solids, cocoa butter ,sugar & lecithin). We  swiftly moved on to the tasting. The most fascinating part was how a chocolate could change taste in your mouth e.g. Licorice & Peppermint suck  to taste liquorice, chew it to taste peppermint. As well as milk, dark and white chocolate and normal flavours such as lemon meringue, Paul has developed much more unusual flavours – such as the love it or hate it curry flavour. He could give a second by second  commentary  of the tastes you would experience – “First you will taste orange, now cardamom etc” .He also gave demonstrations of tempering , creating curls and moulding .

An enjoyable afternoon out. I personally would have loved to try even more types of chocolate.

PAM CARROLL