Monthly Archives: February 2014

Spring-like Saturday (just a tad windy)

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Extreme picnicking Note wind felled tree behind Fiona

With three of the core members working on other projects, it was just the two of us for this weeks meet up. Fiona and I resisted the urge to skimp on the days work, with no one to report on us, honestly!
Once I had dealt with emails associated with the allotment insurance research ( the excitement was unbearable ) Health and Safety statement….blah blah… but Confucius say; Better to be safe than sorry! Meanwhile on top off being an excellent info gatherer for my form filling, Fiona deliberated the pros and cons of joining The Trust for ConservationVolunteers
http://www.tcv.org.uk/community/join-community-network.
TCV have a host of benefits of joining for community based projects, the free bag for life hit a soft spot for both of us:-)

Fiona's Pressed Rye sandwich extraordinaire, Sorry for poor picture

Fiona’s Pressed Rye sandwich extraordinaire, Sorry for poor picture

Who smuggled these sugary Flap jack fellas in (Sorry i confess)

Who smuggled these sugary Flap jack fellas in (Sorry i confess)

Fiona says:
“Extreme Picnicking” (my kind of sport!)

Rules for Extreme Picnicking
1. Windbreak/shelter blown down at least twice
2. Hold onto your food at all costs
3. Bonus points if your basket blows away
4.Never run out of tea (note to self, pack a bigger thermos)

On a serious note it was great to visit the plot and indulge in a spot of creative visualisation. There are signs of spring; burgeoning blossom in the trees along the back edge, rhubarb coming through on other plots, I am so excited to think what our plot will look like this time next year.

 

 

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We all woke up to a beautiful sunny morning on Saturday. The sunshine which most of us craved for after a few days of constant rain lifted our energy levels up and set us off for a great meeting. We had another succesful brainstorming session. It amazes me how much work can be done in just a few hours when creative minds get together. After a warm welcome at Fiona’s place in Shoeburyness, Kamil treated us to a delicious home-made juice prepared with love from carrots, celery, beet root, lemon, apple and ginger.

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As usual, we started our meeting with a short review of actions from the last week. It is just a short exercise but it keeps us focused and on track with our accomplishments.  We also took the opportunity  to diarise a couple of important dates for our work days at the allotment in March and April when we can finally get our fingers dirty again. It has been a few months since we visited the plot, so we thought it may be refreshing to share the progress we have made so far especially for Alex who has not had the pleasure of seeing the plot in real life yet. This is how the allotment looked when I saw it for the very first time in March last year.

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And this is where we are at the moment. Our next task will be measuring the paths, beds and get the basic structure in place.

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Whilst our plot is hibernating, we are using the time to research on the criteria for the most suitable organisational form we would love to pursue in 2014/2015.  Each of us looks after a specific part of the research. It’s a range of topics from ethical banking to insurance policies, accounting and budgeting, HMRC requirements, decision making, charitable aspects etc. All these tasks may seem daunting when done on your own but working with a group, sharing our findings and experiences makes it all rather exciting. And of course, to add some flavour to it we indulged in  dark chocolate and maple sirup sweets from Canada I brought from my last trip. Do notice the place mats! Guess what they are made off! Got it? Yes, it’s rolled up newspaper. These particular set was made in South Africa. Don’t they look amazing?!

Newspaper place matsThe brainstorming seemed like a good excuse to enjoy another feast 🙂 Fiona has made a fantastic soup from root veggies and home-made bread.  Duncan contributed with amazing fruit crumble. Kamil shared with us about his meeting with a couple interested in transition towns he met the last weekend. The lunch was a great opportunity to get to know members of Fiona’s family who too joined us to share the delicious food.

Right, now off to complete the doodle to schedule further meetings for February! Happy Monday everyone!