Just dropping you a quick line to bring you up to date with events in the garden.
Firstly, thanks to all of you who turned out for the AGM last Thursday. It was great to meet up and review the year. Sometimes we're so focused on looking ahead that we forget it's just as important to look back and see what a successful year we had and what we achieved.
Once again, the local Crowne Plaza Hotel kindly hosted our meeting and we repaid them handsomely through buying lots of pints in the bar afterwards.
Everything continues to go well in the garden but our badly needed new shed will deplete funds signficantly this year so we really do need to focus on fundraising and grants in 2015 in order to do everything we want to throughout the rest of the year for the kitchen garden, orchard and most importantly of all, the front section.
Talking of the shed, see attached photos of activity in the garden today. What a beautiful,crisp, clear day it was and such a tonic after the grey skies and rain during the week. With the help of Kay's son, Darragh Boylan (take a bow Darragh!) who gave up his day to supply the materials, tools and most importantly his expertise - a hardworking team of lads laid the most beautiful foundation for our shed. Who realised wet cement could be so exciting?! Well take it from me, it is!
Myself and Linda put the kettle on and warmed ourselves by the fire in our lovely outdoor stove. You see, we make sure to look after all our winter gardeners and with homemade brown bread, scones and jam, we had a lovely lunch too. And once our shed is erected (hopefully before Christmas) sure we'll be in the lap of luxury and won't do a tap of work until April. It's a hard aul life.
While we're on the subject of hard work, I'd like to take the opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to Philip Dwyer who finished his one year Tus placement with us this week. Philip made an enormous contribution to the garden and his hard work, enthusiasm and skill will be very sadly missed by us all. However although his placement is over, we hope to see him in the garden from time to time - keep in touch Philip!
We were a little disappointed - but not discouraged - that we failed to win at the National Pride of Place Awards which took place in Ennis last weekend. Everyone put so much time and effort into it and so it was a pity we didn't pick up a reward but nevertheless we got great benefits from taking part. The fact that Fingal County Council put us through for this in the first place is a huge compliment, we raised our profile with them and it gave us a great focus to get the garden ship-shape in July for their visit. I know the judges were very impressed but the competition was fierce and Cloughjordan (eco village) pipped us to the post, a well deserved winner. Anyway, there's always next year.
So that's all for now... but as you can see just because Winter is closing in, the garden continues to be busy. There is still produce to be picked and work to be done. So come and see us soon.
All the best,
Donna and SCG Committee