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Spring is in the air. 07/02/13

Well, possibly not so much in the air (…it’s still freezing cold if you stop for more than a minute…), but there’s certainly a spring in our volunteers’ steps.

Right now, it’s all about clearing and tidying and prepping up.

With hopefully the worst of the snow out of the way, this week has all been about getting the Plots ready for another year of growing, and this year, we really plan to grow!Pruning the roses

As a part of this massive Spring clearance, we’ve been concentrating on the top Plots I mentioned the other day, and if you check out the photos, you’ll certainly see what I mean.

Yesterday, Matt and Jon did a superb job cutting back the roses that were lurking in the centre bed of the top Plot.  Now these roses, although beautiful for a couple of weeks of the year have been a constant pain for volunteers.  They’ve been allowed to spread and spread, such that even trying to get past the bed on a path was impossible without coming out terribly scratched.

Well no more!No roses!

This view to the left is looking across the rose bed towards the shed in the background, and twenty four hours ago, this wouldn’t have been possible!

Yes, roses are beautiful, their fragrance is divine, and the bees love them when they’re in flower, but we figure by cutting them back, we’ll gain at least another bed -for flowers, possibly two.

Also on the top Plot, today Jon, Pam, Graham and Ricky were planting bulbs.  These bulbs are crocii and daffodils, kindly gifted by Sheffield City Council last year.  They’d been sat in our top shed, and I think to be honest, they’d been forgotten about.  Well today, virtually all of them were planted!  In just a few weeks, we’ll have daffodils everywhere, and crocii likewise.Daffodils

To the right here are Pam and Jon about a third of the way through planting a whole bed of daffodils.  We figure that this bed has been largely unused for years and the bulbs would have rotted had they not been planted.  When they’ve finished in a few weeks time, we can always lift them for storage, or planting somewhere else.  But in the meantime, passersby on the road above will be treated with a whole bed full of yellow.

Then again, knowing our local youths, it looks like there’ll be a lot of local mothers getting hand-picked daffodils for Mother’s Day!  …I guess it’s the thought that counts?

Not content with merely planting bulbs, Jon and Pam then went one step further and planted a long line of fruit bushes on the long top bed.P1010030  If you look carefully on the photo on the left, you can just see a line of gooseberry, black and red currants and we think a loganberry or two.

All around the bushes and in long lines down the bed, Pam planted crocii and daffodils, so just like the others, in a few weeks time, this will be a riot of colour and greenery.  The bees will love them too!

Meanwhile, on the ‘Therapy Plot’, Matt and I were combining two beds into one, weeding it, then prepping it up for onions on Saturday.Matt Digging

And no, this shot hasn’t been ‘Photoshopped’.  This really is Matt digging, and a superb job he made of it!

All we’ve done is take out a path between two narrow beds.  I had scraped the woodchip off it to compost, then we both set about making it into one bed.  The far one where Matt is had a load of leaf mold put on last year, so he spread it over the entire bed.  The worms seemed to like it, because I found loads where I was weeding.

Ian (no relation) had found a job for Gary today.

“Here mate,” he said. “Just whip this tree out, would you?”  (Thinking this would take Gary all morning.)Tree? What tree?

Gary, being Gary, got it out and sorted in about 10 minutes.  No messing.

This was in the same area as the partially rotted privet cuttings we used in the path on the banking last week.  There were piles of it, and also builders’ bags full of hawthorn cuttings too.

Well, now they’re gone, and with this tree out of the way, Gary plans to make some raised beds in this area.  We all agree with him: the space has been ‘dead’ for longer than anyone can remember, and now we have all the scaffolding planks to make the sides with, we all think it’s an ideal time to start on it.

In other news, we heard this week that we’ve been awarded a small grant with which to repair our pizza oven.

Now, we could just use the money to patch it up and hope for the best when next winter comes, or we could build a ‘structure’ over the top of it to protect it from the worst of the elements, and patch it up in the meantime.

Given that most of our volunteers are men (…well, Big Boys…), which do you think we’ve chosen, Dear Reader?!

Men/Boys like building things -it all starts with Lego- so we’re designing and building something to fully cover the oven, and to provide some shelter from the rain or…  …Sunshine?  (Haven’t written that word in months!)

Of course, it will involve whopping great lumps of reclaimed timber, and a roof of corrugated steel -to cope with the heat from the oven below.  I’ll be sure to keep you updated on this exciting venture!

All too soon it was time to knock off, but as we left, I looked back on our Plots as a walked along the path by the road.  Everything was looking, well, different, but this was good.

This Saturday we plan to carry on, and there’ll have to be a fire lit to burn all the rose cuttings and other brush we’ve unearthed.  This could mean baked potatoes and possibly a soup.

Mmmmmm.  My mouth is already watering!

Its all coming up!

Unfortunately, this last week I’ve been unavoidably busy doing other, much less interesting stuff, so haven’t been able to get down to Plot 34.

So today was my first visit in exactly a week, and my how stuff had shot up out of the ground in my absence!'Peapple' Blossom

To the right here you can see the peapple tree in full blossom.  Never heard of a ‘peapple’?  Its when you don’t know quite what the tree is.  A pear, or an apple?  In a couple of months, we’ll find out!  ‘Til then, it’ll be both.

Then again, looking at the blossom in LEAF’s fruit orchard in comparison, it could even be a plum?

Okay.  A ‘peapplum’ it is then.

Nearby, all the onions we’ve planted are starting to show their heads.An onion, jumping for the sky.  As I recall, there are one variety of red that I planted with two varieties of white that Ian whacked in.

When I first officially signed my name up for this Plot, Diane bought me a ‘welcome!’ present of loads of different stuff, amongst it all some gladioli bulbs.  Within a few days of starting, I’d whacked the majority of them in, and today for the first time, I saw some of them coming through.Gladioli.

Here is one to the right.

I’d already put canes in the ground all around them so I didn’t inadvertently tread on them, and today I was proved right!

In the greenhouse itself where other signs of ‘awakening for spring’.  Ian had planted a tray of a few white cabbages a couple of weeks ago, and today I saw them for the first time.

White cabbage seedlings.In a couple of weeks time, we’ll plant another batch in the same manner.  Then a few weeks more, and do the same again.  This will mean that we have a regular supply of cabbages rather than a ‘glut’ where we eat nothing but cabbage for a month or two.  Still, I’m sure it would do wonders for our digestion and lower bowels, but probably not much if we wanted, say, close friends…

I also checked out the ‘Mixed Runner Beans’ that I’d got from the seed swap a few weeks ago from ‘Top Chef Matt’ of LEAF.One of Matt's 'mixed runner beans' starting off.

Ian had planted these a couple of weeks ago, and to the right you can see the first one making a showing.

We don’t know exactly which variety these beans will be (…hence the ‘mixed’ label…), but it’ll be great fun finding out!

And so, after my tour around, I started work.  And my task for today?  Yep, you guessed it.  More hedge cutting!

Today I was working on the opposite side to last week -the side nearest the gate.More hedge cutting!

I remember when I first borrowed the loppers from Diane all those weeks ago.  I immediately cut around the gate so it would actually open properly.

Well, here you can just see the edge of the gate about half way through today, and As you can see, I’d managed about six feet of it by lunchtime.

“Aaargh!  Don’t mess about!  Use Diane’s petrol hedge cutters on it!” Someone shouts.

I’d love to use her super-duper petrol cutters on this, but as some of the branches are a couple of inches in diameter, I think even they would baulk at cutting them.  Anyway, I’ve only just repaired them, thank you.  (…This was after the alleged ‘professional’ repair guys said they were beyond repair…)The view from the gate as I left today.

No, it was all by hand using Diane’s big loppers or the hedge cutters that Ian brought down.

To the right here is the view from the gate as I left tonight.  Note that there’s a massive tree in someone’s garden beyond this hedge, so its not quite as high as it may seem.  Still high enough, though.

Ian meanwhile has been taking my hedge cuttings and trimming them all down using an axe to make pea sticks to grow our peas up in just a few weeks time.  We should have absolutely loads spare, so of course the surplus will be offered to the rest of the site.

Last week's hedge on the other side.Just as we left for the afternoon, I turned my camera in the other direction to the hedge I’d finished last week.

And left with a smile on my face!

At the start of a couple of weeks ago, you couldn’t have seen anything beyond all the foliage; now you can see other plots, and back in the distance, houses.

Tomorrow, I have a little business to attend to, but it shouldn’t stop me coming down for about 10.00 to carry on.  Ian, meanwhile, has said he’s hoping for some rain tomorrow.  This will prevent locals from hanging their washing out, so he can light a fire and burn some of the cuttings and trimmings that are very quickly threatening to overwhelm us.

Anyway, we’re boys.  We should be allowed to light fires.  It’s in our genes.


Goosegobs & Parsnips! 25/05/11

Bit different to when I last photographed them, eh?

Actually, given the fact that we’ve had no appreciable rain in the last few months, I’m quite surprised these are growing as well as they are.  I would have expected them to be much smaller, but then the bushes are quite old and must have considerable root systems.

If you do a 180° from the gooseberries, you’ll see some very strange looking flowers on the end of some pretty long vertical stalks.Parsnip flowers.

These are parsnips from last year that’d been left in the ground, this year to flower and hopefully give us some seeds for next year’s parsnip crop.

As Diane says, these give volunteers and visitors a real idea as to where parsnip seeds actually come from, what with parsnips being bi-annual and all.

The bees and ladybirds love them, and the are quite ‘sculptural’ making quite a nice talking point.

So, this afternoon for me was an afternoon of gentle watering.  As previously mentioned, we’ve had no appreciable rain in seemingly months, so our water butts and hosepipe are proving essential -especially with all the young plants and seedlings in.

The new beehives.In my travels this afternoon, I couldn’t help but remember that Jez, our ‘bee-man’ had been earlier in the week to replace the nucs with ‘proper’ beehives, and here you can see the three of them.  Luckily they’re painted in our ‘favourite’ green -purely by accident!

Elsewhere, I checked for damaged caused by the recent high winds, and found plenty on the various bean canes we have scattered around the site.Bean poles after 'repair'.

Here you can see one of the sets of bean poles after I tied the errant -and in some cases completely flattened- young bean plants to the canes using green string.

Give these things a few days and they’ll get the message and start their seemingly inexorable ‘drive towards the sky’ as some of the other ones have already started to do.Climbing beans on their poles.

As you’ll notice here, I’ve given the beans plenty of water today.  Apparently, you can never give beans and peas too much water.  Within limits, obviously.

Pam had arrived at pretty much the same time as me today, and as I gently watered and wandered around, she got down to some planting.  This time it was the turn of the sweetcorn to be planted on the Therapy Plot between two sets of bean poles.

She and Diane carefully ‘marked out’ where they were to go using old canes as straight edges, and the finished result is pretty pleasing to the eye!Newly-planted sweetcorn.

Right in the centre there you can see one of the pots we’d all painted last year with Emma that has miraculously survived through a year, and if you look very closely, you’ll see that it in fact has sweetcorn painted on it.  Pretty fitting!

So tomorrow will be much of the same, though I notice quite a few of the onion beds need ‘micro-weeding’, so that may be a gentle job for me to do.

In case you think that we’re all just sitting back and ‘idling our time away’, waiting for everything to grow and ripen, there’s a Big Lot happening at the moment behind the scenes with the Management Committee that I’ll tell you all about in the coming days and weeks.

Huge changes that show we’re moving in the right direction…

Dig for Victory!

To print out a copy of this poster to put up somewhere visible, simply click on it once, then press ‘print’ from your browser.

Of course, I could say you’d have to turn up to find out, but that’d be pretty mean, so here’s a quick ‘taster’…

Seed planting on the new worktop by the greenhouse.We’ve been working pretty hard over the last few months to get our plots ‘up to scratch’ and ready for visitors to see, but because it is a ‘working allotment’, as you walk round, you will see areas that look untended and unloved.

Well, let us tell you, they aren’t!

They’re work in progress.

What you will see are many more beds than last year with crops growing.  There are many different varieties of onions, garlic, shallots, spring onions, radishes, potatoes, leeks, oca, sweetcorn, courgettes, tomatoes, cucumbers…  The list goes on!  But how could we forget the now-famous ‘LEAF Strawberries’!  This year you’ll be encouraged to go and ‘Pick Your Own’.  Not merely strawberries, but actual strawberry plants! We’ll lend you a hand fork, and point you in the right direction, and you’ll be free to dig up as many as you want to take home and plant in your garden or even in a pot on your balcony!

On other ‘fronts’, we have a newly-and-greatly-expanded seating area up by the metal shed for many more volunteers and visitors to relax under a couple of our gazebos.  The 'Zen' seating area.We also have a new ‘Zen’ seating area on the patio you can relax in.

More ‘hardware’ to show off this year is our now fully glazed, fully functional, and ‘fully full’ of young plants greenhouse!

A gentle wander up to our ‘Orchard Plot’ and you’ll be able to see our five, fully functional beehives kindly supplied by ‘Groundwork Sheffield’ and the ‘Bee Buddies’ project last year.

Further up The Plots, up by the wooden shed, there’ll be a new area for our new ‘electric bicycles’ and you can try for yourself and see just how much fun it can be to generate your own electricity, and as the evening light draws in, you’ll be able to see the power generated earlier in the day actually lighting up the gazebo under which the bikes will be sat!

Then, there’ll be a selection of young, ready-potted plants in exchange for a donation for your own garden; you’ll be able to drink the now world-famous (…well, nearly…) Plot Tea we rave about so often on our Website; you’ll be offered a taste of ‘proper’ home-cooked food, and if the weather’s fine, we may have a fire lit so you can taste for yourself the awesome baked potatoes we often cook on a Saturday evening after a hard day’s work.Mitzi, shouting at us!

Finally, there’s ‘our’ allotment cat, Mitzi, who may well make an appearance.  From this photo, she may look fierce, but she really is just a Big Softie, unless you try and tickle her tummy!

Who could want for more!

So, get out your diary, make a date and we’ll see you then!

More bees. And seating. 19/04/11

Jez made a flying visit today with four more replacement ‘nucs’ that had been lost over that long, cold winter,New nucs. and here you can see them in the centre and left of the photo.  Eagle-eyed readers may well notice that the big hive on the right has shrunk.  This is because Jez has now taken the top feeding box off the top.  With so much pollen about, they have no need for the fondant mix that kept them going over the cold period.  He says he’ll return, probably on Thursday morning to have another look at the Queen situation in that big hive, and if necessary, he’ll split the hive into two separate colonies.

Last post, I outlined the work planned for today, and I’m pleased to say the majority of it got done!  The ‘old’ seating area up by the metal shed has now been replaced by some shiny new, longer planking.New seating.

If that table wasn’t in the way you’d be able to see that its a few inches longer.  Ian and I have replaced the top tree stump on the right hand side, putting a couple of pretty hefty nails between that and the bottom stump so it won’t move.  We’ve also seated the new planking further in on both stumps, so the nails holding them in place certainly won’t fall out as the previous ones tended to.

All they need now is a few coats of that excellent green paint, and at the same time we’ll sand down the remaining planks then paint them in the same paint so they’ll all match.  While the previous varnish may have looked good when it was done, it really doesn’t last, and if the weather’s a bit iffy, it takes days to dry.  We’ve found that the green paint, with it being completely non-toxic and environmentally friendly is dead good fun to slap on, and if you give something enough coats, we think it looks pretty good.  …So green paint it is!

Elsewhere on The Plots, our two beds of rhubarb are really coming on leaps and bounds.Rhubarb! If you click twice on this picture, you’ll see the flowers just starting to form.  I cut these off from this patch, but the other patch up behind the metal shed we’re leaving to flower and hopefully seed.  After all, with Matt ‘on the pies’, you can really never have too much rhubarb!

Tomorrow morning, I have another load of business to sort out -not least of which will be seeing Mr Ward Senior for lunch and getting a progress report on our new steel window opener brackets.

After that -early afternoon I guess, I’ll be back up at The Plots, and myself and Ian have major plans (…fully sanctioned by ‘Senior Management’!..) for the seating area up by the metal shed.  We plan to expand it greatly to allow more ‘bums on seats’ because on a Saturday early evening, its getting difficult to find somewhere to sit to eat!  We’ll also be moving the park bench down to the bottom ‘Demonstration Plot’ to make way for a new row of benches.  I’ll get some pictures to explain better later in the week.

So, I said at the start of this post that most of our planned work had been done today.  What I missed out was the planting that I said we’d do.  Well, I’m afraid I wimped out of this.  Today I was wearing a new pair of shorts, and because I completely forgot in my haste to put any sun-block on, the tops of my legs are very sunburned and very sore.  Thankyou very much.

More tomorrow, this time with pictures that actually show something…


After all the excitement of Saturday and my ‘late night blogging’, I completely missed my alarm call in the morning on Sunday, and it was only a call from Diane that managed to rouse me.

Still only half-awake, I staggered over to The Plots, and things weren’t quite over.  Jez had taken down the swarm and covered it in an old blanket then popped it into an old pillowcase.

Inspecting the remaining hive.Here you can see Diane -on the left with the shiny new beekeeper’s suit on- inspecting the hive with Jez for possible ‘Queen Cells’.  These are cells that as I said last post are fed royal jelly, and in total, Jez found more than 15 possible cells!

Pointing out a Queen Cell.If you single-click twice on the photo to the right, you will just make out the peanut-shaped Queen cell that Diane is pointing to with her little finger down towards the bottom left of the comb.

Of course, not all of these cells will become Queens, and some of the less-developed ones will either be discarded or deliberately opened and left to die.

The other ‘capped’ cells are future brood, waiting to hatch in a few days when they will emerge and become worker bees.Kyle with the old Queen.

Now, about this time I’d better point out Saturday’s error in my reporting.  When the swarm happen its the OLD Queen that leaves the hive, not the new one as I’d reported.  I am only a ‘bee-ginner’. Sorry!

On the left here, I was looking over Kyle’s shoulder as he held the plastic case with the Old Queen in and three of her ‘subjects’.

Jez with the swarm.So, with the aid of some long ladders and much skill, Jez managed to get the swarm safely down, into a pillowcase and into his Landrover, and here he is gently carrying them to his car.

It was important that they be moved as quickly as possible to cause the bees the least amount of stress, so he got them into his car and drove off pretty quickly.

Hopefully tomorrow he’ll be back to re-inspect the hive and see how the new Queen cells are getting on.  If needs be (…sorry!..), he’ll take one or more of them to help prevent further swarming.

When Jez had gone, Diane revealed that as a ‘Special Treat’ for us for getting out of bed so early on a Sunday morning, she’d brought all the makings for a fried breakfast.  Did we want to stay to share it?  For our answer, simply look back to the last post with reference to Matt’s gooseberry pie!

Breakfast was over all too soon, but Diane had another surprise!

Jon and the chocolate cake.Here you can see Jon, mulling over the difficult question (…hence the thoughtful look…) of whether to divide the sticky toffee cake into four or eight.

Luckily, he chose eight, so we all got a piece!

So, today was pretty quiet by comparison.

I’d had a little business to sort out in the early morning, but arrived at The Plots in time for an important meeting, the details of which I can’t yet reveal, but of course, as soon as I can, then I’m sure we will get it up here on our website.

Then, well, it was another day of ‘pottering’.  Just doing stuff that needed doing, and of course drinking plenty of tea.  Well, it was so sunny, we had to keep hydrated!

Tomorrow, even though we’re not meant to, we’ll be down there again.  This time I do have work to do.  This will be in the shape of re-making the top seating by the metal shed, hopefully with Ian, then after some hoeing, we’ll be planting some mixed salad greens that Jon has kindly donated .  They’ll be going into one of the new long planters by the new ‘Zen Area’ so in a few weeks time people will literally be able to turn round in their seats and pick their own salad.

You really can’t get much fresher than that!

Hopefully more tomorrow evening.


More. With photos. 10/04/11

As promised last post, this one has photos!Trying out the new 'Zen Area'.

Yesterday afternoon was the first time we’d put one of the gazebos up over the new ‘Zen Area’.  We’d previously measured it to fit, but this was the first time we’d actually had this new seating area ‘out of the elements’ -both sunshine and rain.

From left to right here, we have Diane, inspecting her tea mug, Ruth at the back, Cloe at the front, Little Lisa sat on Ruth’s knee then Kyle, Sara sat next to David at the back then Gary in the stripey jumper.

We’d just demolished lunch at this point, so everyone was feeling fat and full.  Bit like Mitzi who I’d fed a little earlier!One of the old greenhouses is repaired.

Here you can see one of the old ‘plastic’ greenhouses that got hit by the gales last Autumn has been expertly repaired.  This was by Pam and Sara with some special tape that Pam had brought.  Lets hope it holds up this year!Peas Planted.

I mentioned the pea sowing that Ian and myself did yesterday, and here they are after planting after we’d watered them a final time.

Greek Cress heading for the sky.Also, I forgot to mention the bed we’d sowed just the other day with the ‘green manure’.  If you click this photo a couple of times, you’ll see the ‘errant’ daffodil in the centre of the bed, but take a look at the Greek Cress!  This was especially heartening because this was seed that Diane had saved from a couple of years ago.  Most gratifying!

Today, while Diane got things prepared for more seed sowing -this time in modules for the greenhouse, Ian and I painted the front of the shed.  Again!

Final coat of paint for the greenhouse?This is it after we’d finished (…it only took a matter of minutes…), and it looks like this will be the final coat -at least for this year.  All the many knots have now disappeared under the paint.  Obviously, a little sunshine and a little rain, and through they’ll come again, but for now, it looks finished.  What you can’t see here are the gable ends, and we think they’ll have to be taken off to paint as they’re right above water storage areas, and therefore more than difficult to reach with a ladder and brush.  We’ll take these down, paint them with ‘proper’ undercoat, sand them down properly then a couple of coats of exterior gloss and they should be fit for at least a couple of years.

So, today was a ‘planting day’, and unfortunately, Ian had to leave, but myself, Diane and Tina got on and planted loads of different flowers -both ornamental and edible- in seed trays, watered them then placed them safely in the greenhouse.  They should be ready to go out in a few weeks -probably the edible ones at least into the two new long planters by the new ‘Zen Area’ that we are rapidly growing to love being sat at.Garlic.

As a final shot, here’s one of a bed of garlics that Ian and New David planted only a couple of weeks ago.

As Ian has said, these things are really going for it!  Maybe its all the love, care and attention this bed has recently had.

It could also be down to all the leaf mold and compost its had too!

There’ll be no session tomorrow morning.  Diane has office work and a school visit scheduled and I’m having lunch with Mr Ward Senior.  I’ll be taking one of the top window motors from the greenhouse that keep bending (…because they’re designed for lightweight aluminium, not pre-war steel!..) to show him and we’ll agree on a strategy for fabricating new struts, this time out of steel.

As a final ‘bonus shot’, I was going to show you a close-up of my peeling, suntanned ears, but now realise this would be a mistake.  There may be small animals or young children nearby, so I’m afraid you’ll just have to imagine them.


Taking stock. 06/04/11

Diane was back today, so we all had to be on our best behaviour.

If truth be told, I think she was grateful for a couple of days off, but nervous that we’d ‘Done Something Disastrous’ in her absence.

She needn’t have worried.  We’ve been good!The new 'Zen' area.

So, the end of the last post I promised a look at the two shiny new planters in our ‘Zen’ chill-out area, and here they are.  If you click a couple of times to get the maximum resolution, you’ll notice the daffodils in the background.  These aren’t in the planter -they’re behind it.

Also to note is the seating and the low table.  I think this was in a subconscious backlash at the dreadful high table and the truly hideous plastic chairs that always seemed to nip the backs of your calves as you walked past them when they were propped up against the table to stop them filling with rainwater.

Occupied!Here you can see them as we ‘road tested’ the whole set up today in the glorious late afternoon sunshine, and the general opinion was approval.

We have big plans for these planters -a ‘showcase’ if you will- and Diane has lots of colourful and fragrant plants and flowers to grow in them in a few weeks time, but now we have all the shelving already in the greenhouse to start the seeds off in, this will not be a problem.  It’ll be a pleasure, and Tim in particular is looking forward to planting either tomorrow of this Saturday.Planting potatoes.

Elsewhere on The Plots today there were ‘hives of activity’.  Gary and Sara were busy planting potatoes in the potato and leek ‘cross’, and here you can see Gary just popping in the spuds before earthing them over again.

Meanwhile, Graham and Ricky were busy painting up an old steel frame that we use to rest seed trays on in the greenhouse.Painting a metal frame.

Here, Graham is just putting the finishing touches to the first coat.  The second will have to wait while the morning as this paint is gloss, and therefore takes quite a while to dry -unlike my favourite green paint.

Also today, I caught this on camera:-Spring Butterfly.

Sorry for the blurred image, but this was the closest it would let me get at maximum zoom before it ‘flittered’ off.  I don’t know what kind it is, but its beautiful!

So, tomorrow evening is our A.G.M., and we’re all really excited by this.  Its a great chance to meet up with old friends we haven’t seen in a while, eat great food, and we’re really looking forward to Madame Zucchini and her amazing vegetable show.

Should be good for a laugh!

More soon.


‘Turbo-Pottering’. 02/04/11

*A bit like ‘Solo Pottering’ (…see yesterday’s example…), but with a whole host of others with you.  And you all get a lot more done in the process.

I haven’t checked the ‘register’, but I’m sure that today alone we must have had at least twenty willing volunteers through the gates. continue reading…

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