Tuesday, 11 June 2013

June Work Weekend Details

Having just written the job list for this work weekend, I thought I'd share it on the blog so that you can see if you fancy coming along.

So here's what we'll be up to:

Fill skip - We'll be moving rubble and possibly some top soil down the garden steps into a skip at the back.

Lift flagstones - We found some Victorian flagstones under the concrete, and they need lifting for re-use. We had a little go and didn't manage it, so if you like problem solving and using crow bars you might like this job!

Level lawn and create slope -  This is a pick-axing, digging, wheelbarrowing kind of job. We're so close to getting the lawn sorted (and therefore the fruit bush beds) and this is the last job in the way!

Dig out buddleia/brambles - These are big plants and might involve quite a lot of digging (or building a fire on top of them).

Finish shed floor - This is a job which we'll only do if the others get done.

There'll be a simple lunch for volunteers (soup, I imagine), tea and biscuits, and copious good company. Let me know if you can make it!

- Hannah

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Birthdays and Beds

Since my last post we've actually passed out first big milestone - a year in the house! I meant to do a big review of the past year and the things we've accomplished, but I actually just ended up cooking a nice dinner for everyone instead. It seemed a good enough marker of 365 days of community without needing it's own blog post.

Anyway, not much has happened with the house work-wise. We're still accidentally saving up for the roof (by virtue of not spending money on anything else). However, the garden is coming on apace. That's one of the many virtues of plants - once you put them in they do the work themselves. In lieu of hearing me go on about the intricacies of sledgehammering concrete (a process at which we're becoming rather adept), I've put together a slideshow of the garden over the last year and a bit so you can see what we've achieved so far.

If you want to see where we're going, you can read my permaculture design here. If you'd like to join us in making more garden magic happen, our next work weekend is on the 15th and 16th of June. There will be lunch and dinner for volunteers, and a mix of digging and bashing type work, and gentler things. Let us know if you'd like to get involved. Crash space is available if you're coming from further afield too. - Hannah x