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Volume 18, Issue 5

October 2013

WAC on Track

The Club is a multifunctional organisation whose purpose is to meet the social, educational and personal needs of its members. The Club is designed to encourage international friendship, support and sharing.

Women’s Activity Club Winterthurerstrasse 18 8610 Uster 043 305 9250 Page 1

WAC Board of Directors 2013-2014 Good communication between the board members and the membership of the WAC is important for the continued growth and improvement of the club. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us. President Susan Mailley-Smith Oversees and promotes the welfare and goals of the Club Vice President Sima Xie Liaises with the School and arbitrator in case of disputes Secretary Swapna Patil

Manages all documentation, policies and procedures; records minutes of meetings Treasurer Judy Burkhardt Oversees Bookkeeper, WAC accounts and all outgoing payments Activities Chairperson Sirine EH Mignan Responsible for the library, playgroups and long-term courses Special Events Chairperson - VACANT Organises WAC special events, such as BBQ, Ha!oween and Christmas parties

Marketing Chairperson Charlotte Stone Oversees marketing activities, including publications, website and advertising

Editor’s Note - Carol Conzelmann Hello WOT Readers, We have a great edition for you this month, packed with great ideas, inspiration and information. Want to know what the WAC Board gets up to at their monthly meeting? Then check out page 6! Looking for an idea for a weekend away with a difference? Read Judy’s great article on the original ‘Disney’ castle in Bavaria. Sharon has some great tips including a holiday camp for the upcoming Autumn holidays - if you’re stuck for entertainment this could solve your problem! There’s lots going on during the coming weeks at the WAC. Make sure you keep your day free on Saturday, November 2nd for the much loved annual Halloween party, which will be located back at the WAC this year. The Dinner Club is meeting at the Argentinian Steak House in Uster and in November, the Pot Luck Club will be going Lebanese. We now have a very active Playgroup schedule and a new ‘Just Music, Just Fun’ course for little ones starts on October 25th. Want to know what the photo on the front cover is all about? Ever heard of a busy bag? Read all about it on page 19. Happy reading, Carol

Membership Chairperson Clare Taylor Manages WAC’s relationship with its members. Assigns volunteer resources where needed. Organises regular New Member meetings WAC Office & Learning Tree School Office Hours Monday - Friday, 9:00-12:00 Club Office Manager Jennifer Langkjaer 043 305 9250 School Director Ida Imbach

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Advertising, deadlines and contributions Advertising Rates Full page Half page Quarter page

CHF 150 CHF 80 CHF 50

Classifieds adverts are FREE for members, non-members pay CHF30 WAC Notice board :one month / max. size A5 / members: free. Please contact office for further information

“WAC on Track” Deadlines and Contributions We welcome input from our members! f you have a story to share, a recommendation, a recipe or anything else, please email it to: DEADLINE FOR NOVEMBER 2013 ISSUE:

20 October 2013

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President’s Note - Sue Mailley-Smith It seems that the season change is definitely upon us now, with coats, boots and umbrellas making a regular appearance when we head out for the day. I don’t know about you, but I love the autumn and look forward to seeing the colours changing in the trees and wrapping up warm for chilly outings. Maybe it’s something to do with having lived in Singapore for 3 years, where the weather stayed hot all year round – I really appreciate the change of seasons now! Cosy comfort food is also important at this time of year and there are some tasty recipes for you to try from WAC members who recently came along to the Potluck Club. The theme this time was ‘British’ so there were plenty of heart-warming dishes to try. We look forward to everyone joining us for this year’s Halloween Party, which will be taking place on Saturday 2nd November. Maybe your children could work on a costume or practice their pumpkin carving during the Herbstferien? I hope you have a great October holiday, whether you’re staying in the area, seeking out some last-minute sun, or visiting family and friends. I look forward to seeing you around the WAC.

Have a great month, Sue (p.s. for those who were asking about my triathlon, I’m pleased to report that, despite the race I was going to do being cancelled due to the storms, I made my way to Austria a few weeks ago to complete an Ironman 70.3. Seeing my husband, brother and two children cheering me on from the sidelines and whooping for joy as I crossed the finish line, made all those hours of training completely worthwhile!)


Baby signing intro at Bumps & Babies playgroup

22nd October

Drama classes for kids start

23rd October

German conversation class for adults starts

24th October

Dinner Club - Argentinian Steak House

25th October

New ‘Just Music, Just Fun’ course starts

28th October

Free Music Lesson trial at Bumps & Babies

2nd November

Halloween Party

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School News - Ida Imbach As I write this, I look out of my window and see the sun shining and a few leaves changing colour. The wind is cooler and the nights longer. Autumn is officially here! With the change in nature’s season comes the dreaded cold and cough season too. With this is mind, I would like to remind you of our sickness policy. For the benefit of your child and consideration to other children and the teachers – please keep your child home if he or she is sick. Last month, the LTCS teaching staff had an excellent First Aid training course for Teachers given by Dr. Luitgard Holzleg. A similar course was offered to our members. If you missed it and it is ever offered again, I strongly recommend it! It was time well spent! We also had our yearly school information evening. This was a chance to meet some board members, the staff and other parents, and to see your children’s classrooms and resources. If you missed it and have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you to everyone who made it a special evening! Lastly, as in the past years, the LTC School Teachers once again participat-

ed in the Pink Ribbon Charity Walk to support Breast Cancer Awareness. We not only work as a team in school, but also for causes we believe in! The Pink Ribbon Walk in Zürich is attended by thousands of women and we are proud to be part of it. On Wednesday, October 30, we will have another Usborne Book Sale. This is a good opportunity to do your Christmas gift shopping! Do drop by and have a look at all the new books. In a few days our Fall Break will start. As stated in our school calendar, it is from Monday, Oct. 7 until Friday, Oct.18. You can find our school calendar posted on the bulletin boards and also online. Have a nice Fall Break – may the sunshine be with you!!

Have a birthday, anniversary, house move, test result or other news you want to share? Email me at

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Interior/Exterior - Pamela Sherry A few requests please to help keep the WAC a great and comfortable place to be! Sandbox - please can all parents and kids help to keep this tidy. Remember, we share the garden with the other tenants in the building, and if there are toys and sand left lying around we may have complaints and have to remove this very popular attraction! Donations - please don’t ‘donate’ items to the WAC without first checking that they are wanted. We are grateful for stuff that we can use, but don’t want the hassle and expense of disposing of unwanted items. Finally we need a HANDYMAN - male or female! Does anyone have the odd half an hour to spare and can help to replace light bulbs and do occasional minor repairs? If so please contact me, any help would be highly appreciated! Thanks!

HELP WANTED! The WAC needs a new EVENTS CHAIRPERSON This is a board position, and takes care of the Halloween, Christmas and annual BBQ, plus ad hoc events such as Movie Nights, Craft Events and Discos. If you like to party and could organise a team of volunteers, this could be the job for you! Interested? Contact the WAC President Sue to find out more

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NEWS FROM THE BOARD Once a month, a group of keen volunteers meet in the WAC Clubroom to discuss, debate and decide the issues which matter to our Club and its Members. We are the WAC Committee and our meetings cover all sorts of topics, from event planning to budgeting for the school or just brainstorming ideas. I hope by giving you an idea of the decisions we’re making on your behalf as fellow members, you will have more of an idea of what the WAC is up to. Suggestions and comments are always welcome! This is a snapshot of what we talked about in September: Arts and Crafts for parents of toddlers. W ould you like an evening w orkshop making a ‘busy bag’ for your little one? The Board thought this was a great idea! Watch this space for a date… Library Story Time. I t w as suggested that volunteers could read aloud to children who love hearing stories. This idea has been tried in the past, but has now stopped due to lack of volunteers. Would you like to help out with getting a Story Time back in our library? All together now, “Once upon a time…” Updating our website. W e need to keep up w ith all the activity going on! Swimming Classes and start dates for Ballet, etc, will now be added to the WAC’s calendar. School Information Evening. Board M embers w ill be coming to this event to meet you and answer any questions you have about the club. We look forward to seeing you there if your child attends the Learning Tree School. Garden Area. This is much improved, the sandbox is much loved by the children and the bench and flowers make the area look really welcoming. Thanks to Pamela Sherry, our Interior/Exterior Chairperson for all her work. We’re still working on the unsightly dumpsters, but we hope to update you on that very soon.

If you want us to discuss something, tell us! Please contact Sue, the President at

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND FROM 3-6PM AT THE WAC Lots of fun for the whole family! Games and crafts, spooky movies, haunted house, pumpkin carving contest and much more! Tickets on sale from the WAC office and Library in October. You’ll be asked to sign up to bring a pot luck dish and volunteer half an hour of your time. Price only CHF10 per family (WAC members) and numbers are limited!

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Girls’ Club News - Jana Parkin August was a great month for Girls Club. The girls worked on earning their sports badge while enjoying time with their Dad’s. First up was couples volleyball. Each girl and their Dad was able to hold the end of a towel and catch and toss a ball together over the volleyball net. Next was football/soccer. Many of the girls had never played before and had to get the hang of chasing the same ball that everyone else wanted but for others they were able to make their first goal since there wasn’t so many aggressive boys fighting them for it. Third on our list was a favorite of mine, American baseball but played with a soccer ball instead. This was a new game for many of the Dad’s and brought about an interesting discussion of different sports that everyone grew up with as kids from around the world. The girls did a great job though

and a couple were able to steal some bases and even make a home run! Our fourth and final game was a relay where teams pass a spoon to the next person and then they run like mad.

All this great sports and fun was followed by a potluck picnic. Where the girls could play together as the Dad’s got to know each other better. I’d say it was a great success and we were quite lucky to have finished up right as the rain began to pour. I hope we are as lucky in September when we learn all about bicycle safety and go for a little ride together.

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WAC DINNER CLUB The Dinner Club will be meeting next on Thursday 24th October We will be trying out the

Argentinian Steak House Schlossweg 4, 8610 Uster The restaurant is up by the castle in Uster with a fantastic view over the Greifensee. I have been there myself several times and always really enjoyed the food. It can sometimes be a bit expensive though, so I have organised a set menu which includes a tasty sounding vegetarian alternative as well. The dinner club is the first Thursday after the Herbstferien so I’ll put a sign-up sheet on the noticeboard before the holidays. If you can, please sign up before the holidays to give me an idea of numbers but otherwise it’s fine to sign up after the holidays. You may sign up by email if you prefer, I look forward to enjoying some good food in great company! Susan Junod Argentina Top Menu 69.00 CHF per person 42.50 CHF per person for vegetarians ENSALADA DE ESTACION CON NUECES Saisonaler Blattsalat mit Kräutern und Nüssen, an Balsamico-Dressing .............................................................................................. BIFE DE LOMO Saftig grilliertes, argentinisches Rindsfilet - 200g Papitas - kleine, hausgemachte, frittierte Kartoffelschnitze Verduras Asadas - grilliertes Gemüse mit Kräutern oder BIFE ANCHO Saftig grilliertes, argentinisches Entrecôte - 250g Papitas - kleine, hausgemachte, frittierte Kartoffelschnitze Verduras Asadas - grilliertes Gemüse mit Kräutern oder PLATO VEGETARIANO Grilliertes Gemüse, Kartoffel-Gnocchi an Tomatensauce, Maisauflauf .............................................................................................. FLAN CASERO Der hausgemachte Caramel flan oder MACEDONIA DE FRUTA Fruchtsalat an Mango- und Passionsfruchtsaft ................................................................................................

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WAC PLAYGROUPS Zoom Zoom Zoom ! * Lots of singing and moving * Story time or theme discussion * Every Tuesday starting at 9:30-11:30 Come make some new friends! Interested? Ask Jana for more info.

ROCKIN’ RASCALS Rockin’ Rascals welcomes kids aged 0-4 and their mom-dad-caregiver Every Thursday from 9:15-11:15 for songs, playing, crafts and snack!

Hosted by Annie Forster, Bettina Ditzen and Louise Gooding For more information please contact Louise at: Disclaimer: Members, their families and guests are reminded that participation in WAC activities is entirely on their own discretion and/or risk. Neither the Women’s Activity Club nor its representatives shall be held responsible for damage, injury or loss incurred by the use of Club property or participation in club events.

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BUMPS AND BABIES PLAYGROUP The WAC is pleased to announce that the bumps and babies playgroup is going to take place on Mondays from 09.3011.30am. Come join us for a morning coffee and cake and meet new friends! Costs: CHF 2 for members, CHF 4 for non-members At the moment the playgroup has no regular host, but we will have a rota of volunteers to keep it going. If you would like to host the group on a week of your choice, please fill in the schedule sheet on the WAC notice board.

If you would like to host it on a regular basis, please send an email to

JUST MUSIC, JUST FUN NEW!! Parent-tot music class From 1 to kindergarten age

Come and jump like a kangaroo and sizzle like a sausage in our new music class! Just Music, Just Fun offers a wide range of silly, fun and educational songs for your pre-schooler, some dancing, some jumping around and a lot of smiles.

Led by a native English-speaker.

Classes start on Thursday October 25, from 3-4pm Don't forget to sign up!

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Playgroup News - Annie Forster The Rockin Rascals have come back from the summer holidays and we've started off the month of August with crafting egg carton flowers and a rocket. The rocket is a great craft for your space obsessed little one. To prepare for a rocket launch….

Toilet Paper Roll Rocket What You Need:     

Empty toilet roll or paper towel roll Aluminium foil Coloured construction paper Decorations eg. sequins, foam shapes, bits of coloured paper Glue

Process: Cut a square (around 7cm x 7cm) from coloured paper. Fold in half to form a triangle. This will become the tail of the rocket. Cut two slits (around 3.5cm) on either side of the toilet roll. Cut a small sheet of aluminium foil, big enough to wrap around the toilet roll. You can either spread glue over the toilet roll and wrap with the foil or simply wrap the foil around and fold the excess into the ends. Slot your triangle into two slits of the toilet roll to form the tail of the rocket. Cut a circle out of construction paper and cut half way into the circle to make a cone. Glue the cone to the end of the rocket to form the roof. It’s easiest to put glue in the cone and then place the roll inside it. Hold it there a minute or two. Embellish the rocket with decorations - sequins, foam shapes etc. For more detail, cut a small white circle and glue a picture of your child or have your child draw his or her face and glue onto the side of the rocket for the astronauts to take off! Sources: and http://

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Zoom, Zoom, Zoom We’re going to the moon Zoom, Zoom, Zoom We’re leaving very soon If you want to take a trip Climb aboard my rocket ship Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We’re going to the moon! Five, four, three, two, one Blast off!

Bumps and babies playgroup news Although we haven't seen any bumps yet, we have been having a great time with our cute little babies, who are playing and getting to know each other, and creating bonds already. On October 21, Sue Mailley Smith will kindly give us an introduction to baby signing language! On October 28, Regula Schwarzenbach will give a free music trial lesson at our playgroup. Come join us for this rare event! Sign up by sending an email to

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The Readers Gone WACky

kicked-off the new reading year with a special dinner meeting at the end of August. Before dinner, members made a special excursion to the Herrliberg library, to see the newly renovated space, under the direction of our member, Nadia. She gave us a tour of the library facilities and collection. Members enthusiastically approved of the colorful, light space filled with literary treasures for every age. Later the readers met in the Triangle restaurant to discuss The Great Gatsby and other related bestsellers. The Great Gatsby, a classic of twentieth-century literature, brings to life the Jazz age. Most members had seen the recent movie and the group discussed differences between the movie and the book. In addition, we talked about the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. Further topics of discussion were honesty, the social climate of the time, and the symbolism of the green light. Members also discussed the characters, and how they were brought to life in the film. All in all, both the book and movie were a pleasure to experience. Books and meetings for the coming months are: November 6, 2013 Lean In by Cheryl Sandburg December 11, 2013 The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion January 15, 2014 Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

The Readers Gone WACky is looking for a new leader. If you would like to take on an easy, fun and very rewarding position, please step forward! The regular Readers Gone WACky meetings are held on Wednesday evenings at 8 PM at the WAC. New readers are very welcome! Please call or email Alice Knoepfel for more information (044 912 2326

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TRAVEL TIPS - JUDY BURCKHARDT Neuschwanstein Castle & Füssen Area If you or your children are fascinated by castles & knights, then you must visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany. It is probably the most elaborate of all the German Castles & its beauty inspired Walt Disney to build the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the center of Disneyland. Neuschwantstein Castle was built by King Ludwig II as his fantasy retreat. The inside of the castle is like an elaborate Hollywood set to make the King’s favorite Wagner Operas come to life --- complete with gold gilded Throne Room, life sized murals, and even a Venus Grotto (cave). To see the fabulous inside of the castle, you have to take a tour. Tours are short (30 minutes), so they are quite child friendly. And to get the best photos of the castle from the outside, you should go to nearby Marienbrücke (a bridge that was built for King Ludwig’s mother). If you & your family enjoy a walk, then also hike down to the river below. Tourists have made a Steinman (Rock People) Field there. The water is clean & on the riverbanks, there is plenty of room for a picnic. Logistics: First of all if you wish to see the inside of the castle, reserve your tickets for the tour via internet in advance --- we reserved ours 3 weeks in advance. Here is the link: (If you don’t do this, you may be waiting for your tour for about 4+ hours. This castle is very popular.) From Zurich, driving to Neuschwanstein Castle takes about 4 hours (including a short lunch break in between). After you have parked your car at the Castle Parking Lot, you will have to walk another 30 minutes (with children estimate 45 minutes) up the hill to get to the castle. If you don’t want to walk, you can take a bus or a horse drawn carriage up too. After your visit to Neuschwanstein Castle (which will take only half a day), you can visit the nearby smaller castle of Hohenschwangau (where King Ludwig vacationed as a child) or visit the little town of Füssen (10 minutes away). If you want to get some good food, I would head to Füssen. This cute Bavarian town has a beautifully maintained Old Town with lots of restaurants. Our favorite restaurant was Greek RestauWAC on Track Page 16

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rant Kelari (Address: Lechhalde 1, 87629 Füssen, Bavaria, Germany, Tel: 08362Everything, from the fish to the meats & salads, was superb. If your kids don’t like Greek, then Ristorante Pizzeria Il Pescatore (Address: Franziskanergasse 13, 87629 Fussen, Bavaria, Germany, Tel. 49 8362-924343) an Italian restaurant was also very good. Both places were bursting with customers, so a reservation in advance is highly advised. If you don’t manage to reserve in advance, Gasthof Krone (Address: Schrannengasse 17, 87629 Fussen, Bavaria, Germany) serving German food in a Middle Ages setting, also looked good. This restaurant, being a large restaurant, seemed always to have room.


If you wish to overnight in Bavaria, then Hotel Fantasia (Address: Ottostrasse 1, 87629 Fussen, Bavaria, Germany) is FANTASTIC! We stayed in quintuple room #2 for 110 Euros/night & it was like a mini-suite: 2 sleeping rooms, an eating area, huge bathroom, & tiny kitchen (with stove & refrigerator --- bring your own pots, utensils, plates, etc. though). On sunny days the large garden area is set up with a really big trampoline, ping pong table, lawn chairs, & tables. Last, but not least, if you would like to travel back in time to the Middle Ages, then don’t miss “Ritterspiele Ehrenberg.” It is a large Middle Ages Festival in nearby Reutte, Tirol, Austria (about 15-20 minutes by car). Here is their link: http:// There is a Knights Jousting Tournament, a HUGE parade with Romans, Celts & Knights, a marketplace with all sorts of crafts people (blacksmiths, weavers, potters, etc.) and of course ancient games for children. It’s a great way to make history come alive for your kids. (Note: This festival only comes once a year. Next one set for July 25-27, 2014.) Almost forgot, if you stay late enough, the festival ends with a big bang (fireworks).

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Potluck club - Lebanese night in

How many time have I heard "you're Lebanese?? I love Lebanese food!!". From the famous hoummos and tabbouleh, to the savory kibbeh or kafta, and the so sweet Lebanese desserts...what's not to love?! Come join me for a Lebanese dinner, where each person brings a starter, a main course or a dessert to share with everyone, plus their own drinks. If I'm lucky, I might be able to get arak for everyone to taste, the traditional anise flavored alcoholic beverage of Lebanon. I'm happy to share ideas, recipes and ingredients if needed. The date will be announced soon. Don't forget to sign up at the WAC noticeboard, or via email to Hope to see many of you there!

German classes To all our WAC members who are eager to learn German, the classes will begin in February 2014. We are sorry for the delay, which is due to space and scheduling issues. If you’d like to jump in right away, we will be hosting a bi-weekly German conversation group starting on Wednesday October 23rd at 7.30pm. Thanks for your patience! Sirine Business Chairperson

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Busy bags

What's a busy bag? This is a toddler friendly activity (that fits in a bag) designed to keep little hands and minds “busy.“ Busy bags are great for your kid when you need a few minutes to prepare dinner, clean up, or pass out on the couch. (Ok, so the last one is perhaps not recommended, but we all know how lovely it can be to watch your children happily playing and learning independently.) Many of these activity bags also provide wonderful opportunities for some parent-child interactive learning as well. One example, very simple to make, is the Popsicle Stick Puzzles – Print out some toddler friendly images, cut them up, glue them to some sticks and you have instant puzzles. You can look for other ideas on Pinterest and do it yourself, or, if you want to have more fun, we can gather either for a busy bag workshop or a busy bag exchange party!

Please sign up your preference at the WAC noticeboard! And let the busy bag fun begin!

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Lunch Club A Two Hour Supervised Lunch Break for you and your kids!

Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri 11:45-13:45 Cost: 15chf per child/per day Parents are responsible for their own child’s sack lunch. Please fill in a registration form at the WAC or see our website for more info.


For information on renting the WAC‘s facilities, please contact:

COM 043 305 9250 Great rates for WAC members!

For all those excursions around Zurich and beyond, don‘t forget the WAC Excursion Book, listing great days out in and around the Zurich ar ea. Available from the office or library for just 5 SFr.

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Pot Luck Club - Clare Taylor British Night In

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Apple Crumble For the crumble 300g/10½oz plain flour, sieved and a pinch of salt 175g/6oz unrefined brown sugar 200g/7oz unsalted butter, cubed at room temperature Knob of butter for greasing For the filling 450g/1lb apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm/½in pieces 50g/2oz unrefined brown sugar 1 tbsp plain flour 1 pinch of ground cinnamon Method Preheat the Oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 For the crumble: Place the flour and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Taking a few cubes of butter at a time rub into the flour mixture. Keep rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Or alternatively… cheat! Put the mixture in the food processor- just remember to stop as soon as it starts to look like breadcrumbs! For the filling: Place the fruit in a large bowl and sprinkle over the sugar, flour and cinnamon and stir well. Butter a 24cm/9in ovenproof dish. Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the crumble is browned and the fruit is mixture bubbling Serve with thick cream, custard or ice cream.

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Traditional Yorkshire Puddings As made by Sue (for the first time!) for the Potluck Club (thanks to Simon Taylor for his tips!) Makes 12 Preheat oven to 220  Place muffin tray, with a tablespoon of oil in each hole, into the oven to get smoking hot. 

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Line up 3 identical glasses. Into the first, break 3 eggs.

Into the second, pour plain flour to the same height as the eggs.  Into the third, pour full cream milk to the same level.  Beat the three ingredients together in a mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt and pepper. 

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As quickly as possible, pour equal amounts of the batter into the tray. The batter should start to sizzle in the hot fat around the edges as it is poured in. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, until tall, golden and crispy.

Traditionally served with roast beef, but everyone agreed they’re pretty good with chicken, pork, veggies, sausages, etc, etc…..Enjoy!

Yummy Fruit Salad One of the great dishes from our British Pot Luck Club in September........ Ingredients: Fruit of the season, whatever you like – if I can I always add a Mango – kiwis, peach, apples, pineapple, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapes, water melon … I choose as well based on colour ! Sunflower seeds Almond ‘splinters’ Lemon juice Apple or Orange Juice Preparation : Cut the fruit in whatever size of pieces you like, sprinkle lemon juice on the fruit and mix gently (this is so the fruit keeps the colour). Add the sunflower seeds, almond ‘splinters’ and a little fruit juice. Mix gently again ! Ready to serve !! Andrea Metz

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WHAT’S NEW IN THE LIBRARY THIS MONTH? Arriving September 20th….. The plot of Into Darkness takes place one year after the previous installment, with Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise sent to the Klingon homeworld seeking former Starfleet member-turned-terrorist John Harrison. After the release of Star Trek, Abrams, Burk, Lindelof, Kurtzman, and Orci agreed to produce its sequel. Filming began in January 2012. Into Darkness' visual effects were created by Industrial Light & Magic. MK is a teenage girl whose mother has recently died. At the start of the film she arrives at the semi-derelict house, on the edge of a forest, where her father, mad scientist Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis) lives and studies the fauna of the forest. Bomba had wrecked both his career and his marriage through his obsessive attempts to prove that an "advanced civilisation" of tiny people exists in the forest.

Soltra the Stone Charmer, Beast Quest Book number 9

Claw the giant Ape, Beast Quest Book number 8

End of September arrivals…. The Great Gatsby follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. Katie Feldman arrives in the tiny coastal town of Southport, North Carolina, looking to make a new, quiet life for herself. She rents a rundown cabin and takes a job waiting on tables in the local café, hoping to keep a low profile. But despite the almost impenetrable emotional walls she has built to protect herself, she is drawn in by the genuine warmth and caring of the tight-knit community, especially the town’s grocery-store owner, Alex, and his two young children.

Vipero the Snake Man, Beast Quest number 10

Arachnid the King of Spiders, Beast Quest number 11

Trillion the Three Headed Lion, Beast Quest number 12

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Library News - Jess Bachofen The library is looking for volunteers who would be willing to do story time for the little ones. The idea was brought to my attention by one of the members to have a story time to cover the 15 minutes between the end of morning pre-school and lunch club. If anyone is interested and has the time, please let me know. We have brought back a Book Club section for books that I know have been on the WAC's book club reading list in the past or books that have been on my own book club's list. There is also a section for books that have been made into movies and we have both in our collection. If you have movie or book requests for something that is not in our library, for instance; Downton Abbey Season 3..... let me know and I will try to order them. This particular series is a big hit and I will be ordering the next season soon.

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SWISS TIPS - BY SHARON WARTHMANN Two tips I would like to pass on to you for the month of October:

1. Kinderwoche during the hols There is a Kinderwoche offered from Tues 15th - Fri 18th Oct, from 14 – 17h, and Sunday 20th Oct from 10h, right here in Uster. If you are around during the holidays, and are keen to keep your kids occupied and entertained (in a healthy environment J), this is a fantastic offer by a local church. Kids from 1st – 6th grade may attend for Fr. 20 per child/week (siblings get a reduced rate). You do not need to be affiliated with the church - it is open to anyone, and of all religious beliefs. It is a full, entertaining, hands-on, interesting programme, with various workshops, so kids tend to do what they are most interested in, and also age appropriate. From my own experience, and that is why I can heartily recommend it: my girls attended last year, and absolutely LOVED it. Lat year’s programme: games, songs, snacks, more games, and a variety of amazing crafts (they built a bow and arrow from scratch!!). Several WAC families attended last year – very positive comments! Please register by 1st October:

2. Cheap ski rental I don’t really want to bring up the subject of snow just yet, but this is a great offer to WAC members - and the early bird truly does catch the worm. Time Out Sport Shop in Uster offers a 10% discount to WAC members. For the winter season specifically, this means you can rent kids’ ski boots and skis for about Fr. 80.- per child for the whole season (Oct - April). Go early and get good advice and choose from a huge range of skis and boots – also adult winter items, by the way. The longer you wait, the less selection they have. By mid October they are set up to start renting/selling winter things. They also offer a 10% discount on everything you purchase e.g. ski socks, helmet, gloves, stocks etc. Don’t forget to mention you are a WAC member!

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October 2013 SUNDAY













9.00-11.15 Music Learning

9.15-11.15 Rockin Rascals Playgroup


10.00-11.00 Beginner‘s Kids‘ Ballet




Zoom Zoom Zoom Playgroup 2.30-6pm

Beginners Kids‘ Ballet




















9.30-11.30 Bumps & Babies playgroup: Baby Signing


9.00-11.15 Music Learning

9.15-11.15 Rockin Rascals Playgroup


Zoom Zoom Zoom Playgroup

10.00-11.00 Beginner‘s Kids‘ Ballet



Advanced Kids‘ Ballet



Beginners Kids‘ Ballet 15.00-16.00

German conversation

Evening WAC Dinner Club

Music for Kids aged 1-4




1 Nov

2 Nov


9.00-11.15 Music Learning

9.15-11.15 Rockin Rascals Playgroup


10.00-11.00 Beginner‘s Kids‘ Ballet

16.15-17.15 Drama 4-6 year olds 17.30-18.30 Drama 7+


28 9.30-11.30 Bumps & Babies playgroup: Music Lesson trial 16.05-17.05 Advanced Kids‘ Ballet

Zoom Zoom Zoom Playgroup 14.30-18.00 Swimming 16.15-17.15

15.00-16.00 Music for Kids aged 1-4

3-6pm Halloween Party

Drama 4-6 year olds 17.30-18.30

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Beginners Kids‘ Ballet

Drama 7+

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