A new year causes most people pause for thought - about many things. And the same new year brings us nearer, even closer, to that tipping point I mentioned in my last post. Our desire and determination to ' do our bit' for the environment to alleviate the situation is entirely personal. The WI has always stood firm on its concern for the future of community, whether that future be next week or many years hence. And it stands firm too on caring for communities of that future, not least of the people closest to us; friends, families, children and grandchildren.
On that entirely personal theme, I now have a small grandson who arrived into a world where his utter innocence and trust will be sorely trIed by the time he reaches manhood unless that over arching deal spoken of in Durban is reached and acted upon and not just brought up again next year in some seemingly exotic part of the world.
Pictures of such places are conjured up in many a WI meeting. Within 10 days of the new WI year I have heard of such subjects as Victorian Music Hall. Women's Health and Hyroglifics of Ancient Egypt as the topic for the month. All of interest to me and especially the latter, as this has always been one of my greatest fascinations. My first outing with my husband-to-be in 1972 was to see the treasures of Tutenkamun at the British Museum.
Lord Carnarvon together with Howard Carter who discovered his tomb will no doubt be spoken of by the current Countess of Carnarvon when she speaks about her new book, "Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey" at the literary lunch to be held at Denman College in February. Always remember, the Wi can take you wherever you want to go!