After a hard afternoons work volunteers take a break for a cup of tea to get their energy back.
It’s that time of the year again where we like to get the bird boxes ready for some new tenants. Hopefully we’ll get a pleasant spring and lots of feathery friends in the gardens.
We have been continuing the tidy up work in the borders with appropriate pruning, weeding and mulching. It is heartening to see new growth already at the base of some perennials so there will be some good cuttings to be had in a little while. On sunny days it is very easy to be lulled into thinking that Spring has sprung! And forget that the harshest weather is yet to come. It is a real challenge to keep even the hardiest of palms once they are in the ground and too large to be transferred to the polytunnel for the winter.
The Lawns Nursery visited us before Christmas to view the Nutcracker theme decorations. They enjoyed the walk, the stories and their snacks before returning to school, and the cake they baked for us was truly scrumptious!
Earlier this month we commissioned photographer Eliane Rocha to take some shots for this years Christmas card. To make it a bit more interesting we all dressed up in period clothing. The day was fantastic and we got some great shots. Take a look at the full set here.
Bonfire, fireworks, mulled wine, hot dogs. Then home-made parking and treacle toffee (courtesy of Wendy, thank you) and some excellent company. What more could you want on a cold autumn 5th of November.
We are very excited to announce that we launched our new website in November which has been designed by volunteer Richard Slade. We are very pleased with the results and Richard has worked very hard on the project. The site covers both the business side and charitable parts of Shortmead and we’ve also had some excellent feedback from friends and guests. We’ve also been working hard to keep our Facebook pages up-to-date, so please take a look and start posting on our wall or like our articles.