The Good Neighbours garden is now getting much more sunshine now that the big willow tree has been pollarded. We have also started getting into have a small fire to cook baked potatoes, veggie sausages and the like at our Friday morning get togethers
Charlotte visisted the garden recently and is pictured here with one of the late flowering cosmos flowers that Tony had planted
For most of September and October the weather on the Friday mornings where we meet at the Good Neighbours Garden has been very good. By late September we had a profusion of tomatoes and beans, plus late salad crops we had only planted in early September
Here is the greenhouse, still producing tomatoes (mostly the Sungold variety) in late September
On Sep 30th the weather wasn’t so kind, yet it didn’t stop Marianne, whilst I took the photo from the safety of the greenhouse
Picking some of the profussion of green beans. We would pick a load one week and then the nbext week find just as many on only 3 plants in an arch over the raised beds
Tony always brings a selection of jokes along – usually a week’s load of ‘jokes of the day’ he sources from the Oxfam shop where he works
and here is Tony’s attentive audience.
(who said the CGN garden was just for older men!)
Tony admires the pink flowers whihc he had planted earlier in the season A week later the weather was better again Gearldine and Tony getting ready for some work
Big event of the week – the tree surgeons from the Tree Station a social enterprise based in Gorton arrived on Thurs 13th October to pollard the big willow that threatening to shded large branches on our neighbour’s garage. Though it now looks a bit bare, the willow will soon send out branches from the 5 nodes left lorry and big chipper arrives at Good Neighbours
Up in the tree securing branches so that when they are cut they won’t fall on the garage
Having a well earned tea break after curring down the branchese safely. Now just the wood chipping and clearing up to do
Garden has been doing well recently, but not enough sunshine (for us and the plants). Still, we are beginning to enjoy some produce including rhubarb, peas, beans, courgettes, cauliflower, garlic and red currants. Rain eventually stopped play today (15th July) but beginning to think about our plans for the future, including some additional raised beds
tomatoes doing well in the greenhouse
some cucumbers on this side of the greenhouse
the small raised beds
Tony looking out
Geraldine admires this week’s produce
redcurrants, cauliflower, garlic, rhubar, corgettes, baby carrots in this weeks haul
Last session of the year at Good Neighbours Garden
The Chorlton Good Neighbours garden group has met outdoors, come rain or shine, in our garden throughout the year.
Today (Dec 11th 2015) we met for the last time before our Christmas Break. As usual, told us his 7 ‘joke of the days’ he has saved up, plus a bonus 7 to take it to the end of the year. We then sat around the fire and had soup, baked potatoes and cake on a beautiful morning. We didn’t get much work done!
We meet again in the new year starting on Friday 22nd January from 10.30am onwards
In January 2015 we had two mosaic making workshops led by Nicola Winter. This time we branched out into making spherical mosaics on concrete mould made by Nicola. They were on the end of metal rods so that we could ‘plant’ the finished Alium style mosaics in the Chorlton Good Neighbours garden
Joyce and Dorothy hard at work
Some of the mosaic ‘aliums’. Put in the greenhouse to dry off before the final grouting session
On Friday 19th September members of the Good Neighbours gardening club were out in the garden enjoying yer another lovely day. What a great September it has been for weather. You can see below some of the produce we have been picking
Here Tony shows us the ripening tomatoes in the greenhouse. These are Ferline tomatoes. Even the ones outside have been doing well and are now ripening up
A wider shot of the greenhouse shows how many of the tomaties are ripening. The smaller, orangey tomatoes are a variety called Sungold. They are one of the tasties tomatoes I have come across
In this video Tony tells us some jokes. Each week he has a selection from each week’s jokes he has on a calendar (there is a joke for each day). As you can see, some are better than others!
Wilbraham St Ninian’s Church and Chorlton Good Neighbours held an open day on May 31st. . The Good Neighbours Garden was open and looking good.
Paul was looking very fine in his outfit for the dancing that was taking place in the Church Hall later
Meanwhile Tony was reading the Memories booklet as we waited for visitors
In the Cburch Hall, Good Neighbours had a stall which Kate, Pam and others looked after
Margaret Banks who runs the Art Class on Thursday coffee mornings is here showing examples of the paintings that the art group have completed recently
The Folk dancing demonstration proved very popular and included many Good Neighbours regulars such as Phillip Lloyd, Paul Slater and Mary O’Mahoney who you can see having a good time in the pictures below
Also this week Ian Hobbs, one of our long-standing volunteers was 60 on June 2nd. As you can see from his photo he keeps on rocking!
This week (15-05-14) we finished off the mosaics which we are going to use as stepping stones in the Good Neighbours Garden
We cleaned off some of the adhesive that had dried on to the tiles and gouged out the gaps between the tiles so that the grout would work properly. Then spread the grout on to the tiles so it filled the gaps anf gave that a clean. They are now in the garden to dry off and then will be ready for use
Mosaic in the sun to dry
applying the grout
enjoying the warmest day of the year so far in the good neighbours garden
Making Mosaic stepping stones for the Good Neighbours Garden
Nicola Winters lead a craft session at Chorlton Good Neighbours to make some mosaics on paving stones, to be used in the Good Neighbours garden. Members of the gardening group and an art group that uses the church hall too. all participated in making mosaics to their own designs, assisted by Nicola.
Designing and making the Mosaics
We used adhesive to fix the bits of coloured tiles and beads to the paving stone base and left them in the greenhouse to dry. Next week we will grout them and soon they will be ready to use in the garden
Tony and Paulette working on their mosaics Tony’s mosaicsBernard’s mosaicNicola who led the sessionNicola finishing the clean upThe mosaics in the greenhouse. We will wait for the adhesive to dry & next week we will do the groutingNicola assisting Mary finish off her Mosaic The Art group work on their mosaic’sTony concentrating on his workNicolaBernard’s mosaic takes shape Paul kept everyone supplied with tea & coffee
Selection of broken tiles, supplied by Nicola, for use in making the mosaic’sPaul, Nicola and Mary Paul, Nicola and Mary with Leo in the background