Susan says, “I like to take advantage of the abundance of summer fruit and berries to make jams, simple ones like strawberry, but blended ones like blackberry with blueberry, gooseberry with strawberry, or even greengage with Victoria plums. I have found the large cooking pot to be useful in making 6lb or larger amounts of jam. I plan on borrowing the pot again in the autumn to make my favourite apple and tomato chutneys.”
So, as Theresa says: “I was bored of the standard supermarket ice cream flavours, so decided to borrow this machine and see what I could whip up. I found lots of easy recipes online and made some delicious peanut-butter-choc-chip ice cream. Sweet, savoury, sorbet…borrow this ice-cream maker and get creative in the kitchen!“
… and nice weather so far. So we have featured items that you might want for going away and spending some time out in the open – camping or whatever – on our catalogue. Have a look and see how we can help you have some things that might make it possible here.
This week in the build-up to Mother’s Day, we’ve been making suggestions how you could do something for your mother. We started on Monday with gardening:
Instead of cut flowers full of air-miles why not spruce up the garden for your mum? Borrow our tools to help!
Next we suggested you could brighten up the car or patio for her by borrowing our pressure washer!
Then we put it to our members to spend quality time baking together, or bake something for her that she’ll love. Even if you’re not an expert in cupcake decoration, you can make them look great on our lovely cupcake stand! (it’s also perfect for afternoon tea)
Then we asked whether your mum would love to have that pesky DIY task done at last. Give her a treat by getting a job done for her… we have a wide variety of hand and power tools you can borrow…
Finally, to make the wonderful lady/ies who brought you up feel special by gathering together for some quality family time. We have lots of games and jigsaws to borrow to keep you entertained all afternoon…
And this weekend it now is Mother’s Day, so take up one of our ideas for her. Or see whether we can loan you something you need to do a job for her or give her a treat. Or it doesn’t need to be this weekend, you can do any of these things any day. Look online at our catalogue and see what we’ve got to assist you. SHARE Oxford catalogue
We had a great event on Saturday (16th) launching the Library of Things in Oxford. Such a lot of enthusiastic people, and loads of compliments about how well it was all organised, donations of items, offers of volunteering, and general good feelings, from us as volunteers and from those who attended. Thanks to everyone – and more pix to follow!
The cutting of the ribbon:
The Oxford Mail did a nice little piece about last Sunday’s Repair Cafe!
Out of 40 items brought for repair, 30 were made good, a total of some 100 kgs not going into incineration. Some other things will be repaired now their owners know what’s wrong and how. Items ranged from a pair of jeans to bikes and electrical and electronic equipment, tools and knives sharpened, no challenge unaddressed.
But most of all it was another fun day with lots of stuff revived, with lovely people, hopefully with some happy users of the event and all those fabulous volunteer repairers – thanks to them all! (And to Common Ground cafe for hosting us.)
Also this last weekend …
She also shared a BBC2 programme on the repair cafe movement – how cool to see the culture being revived in public awareness! https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/w3cswvrp
Definitely worth a listen (I just did).