Back at the end of October, the Captain and I went on a foraging walk with Jayne of Edible Eastside along the Digbeth Branch canal. We had a splendid afternoon that was only cut short by my knackeredness. I wrote about it at the time, as did the Captain and Jayne and I have maintained contact through Twitter ever since. Much to my delight.
You see, Jayne has been involved with a two year EU funded project looking at women in the food sector and working with five other European partners. As part of this, she has to take a group of women to visit León, in Northern Spain, to visit food co-operatives and businesses in the area. I feel immensely privileged to have been accepted onto the trip and cannot quite believe my luck. Having been invited to go, it would have been rude to refuse. No, really it would.
Today we met for the first time. I am going to be in very illustrious company. There was Birgit and Lisa from Change Kitchen; Rachel from Cuffuffle Chutney; Rosie from Digbeth; as well as Jayne and myself. Two other potential members were unable to be there so the exact group has not yet been finalised. But it is going to be a treat. A foodie delight. An exhausting, exhilarating, opportunity not to be missed. I can barely wait.
I shall be picking brains, hanging on words, assimilating information, acquiring contacts, making friends, having fun. Oh and eating, did I mention that there will be eating? I have it on good authority that food is going to be involved. Oh yes.
Roll on March!