On Sunday morning there were two of each gender on the pond. Two drakes and one female on Monday afternoon.
We hope you have a very good Xmas break. If the weather is kind, we will meet for a very informal tea in the garden on New Year’s Day - no gardening required (maybe, even, allowed). Around 2.30 pm for about an hour. Just to see the new year in with friends. All welcome. Bring any spare cake, chocolates and fruit.
After this afternoon, we are going to take a break until Sunday 6 January. The garden will be open every day but we won’t meet as a group on Sundays and Mondays.
Seasons greetings and wishing all our supporters - and just people who enjoy the garden - a very happy, healthy, peaceful new year.
We were invited by St James church (Wulfstan Way) to decorate a tree for their Xmas tree festival on Saturday 8 December. So, we did one for Nightingale Gardeners and one for Little Nightingales. Using some hazel ‘tree outlines’ we made a couple of seasons ago.
Lots of volunteers made or brought along a ‘bauble’ or few, some with messages. We gathered greenery from the garden, laminated pressed flowers from the meadow (thanks Gill) and pressed leaves from our recent group outing to the Botanic Garden. We decorated with raffia and tied on pine cones foraged locally. Added some sweets from the club hut - thanks Owen!
We had big fun in the sunny garden yesterday. Thanks to everyone who came along, and especially those who cooked, baked, made wormeries, hunted for worms, wrote or found poems. What worm heroes!
Recently, we were delighted to be donated a new, 50m long, and beautiful, Gardena hose and all the connecting and spraying bits. This was funded by Flymo and McCulloch, who are sister companies of Gardena.
This started, after an e-mail to us, and when we were really suffering from the Summer drought. At the time, we were having to connect two shorter second-hand hoses to reach most of the garden and our 'vintage' hose end was leaking too so the volunteers were getting almost as damp as the flower beds.
Of course, since, we received the hose, we have had a surprising amount of rain - so my plans to publish a photo of it in use have been a bit thwarted. I will add a photo when it stops raining, hopefully, not next Summer.
But I did promise Michael we would write a blog post thanking them. He requested we use this text:
"Flymo has been established since 1964 and is still situated in its original factory in County Durham. Since inventing the original hover lawnmower, Flymo have continued to be at the forefront of innovations within the garden care industry, making them one of the most trusted gardening brands today. "
In his original e-mail he said: "a big part of the brand’s philosophy is to promote gardening for all and the positive impact of being outdoors", which sounded pretty good to me.
Thank you Michael and Flymo - we will really enjoy using the new hose and it will make a massive difference to the garden when our water butts next run dry.
In early September 2018, I completed an online survey about insurance for Social Gardens and Farms and there was a competition with prizes from Flymo and McCulloch - and I have just found out we won… always nice to win a mystery prize…
We had a very happy, chatting time in the garden today. Met existing friends and new people, including three Master Composters. Thank you to everyone who came along, with or without produce. And we have a few apples left over for Monday...