festive fun through December

Helloooo,

Hope you haven’t been washed away since my last post and this finds you warm and dry!  To start I wanted to share with you a wee story..
 A friend has just come back from two weeks in India.  She told me a bit her visit this morning.  Along with the vivid, colourful fabrics and spices you see in all the magazines, she talked about how making money and shopping seemed the only thing anyone and everyone wanted to do.  She saw how the huge industry feeding such high consumption had turned the sky into a grey cloudy smog.  Today, her first day back in Cornwall was the first time she’d seen blue sky since she left (thought thinking about that probably goes for us too! :S).
 We asked ourselves why this global rush to become ‘Westernized’, I mean why work epic hours to buy and consume epic amounts of stuff when it all too often gives us nothing more than depression and diabetes?  We also thought about all the things that can get left behind in this rush, the traditions, cultures, local knowledge and connections, family, friends even…?  That cloudy polluted sky my friend saw, the stuff that spills from our houses and into storage and the roads of Cornwall and Devon that this week turned into rivers …it’s all connected.  Thinking about all these connections between the things we do and what effects they may have, can all too often be rather head-ache inducing.  I find it thrilling.  The big old jacket that I’ve had cut and shaped to fit me, means no more materials have had to be pulled from the ground to make a new one.  The 5 carrots I grew in a pot by the house this summer, means 5 less carrots I’ve had to depend on the others to provide for me.  Small things yes, but both have given me such joy and brought me together with fantastic people on my doorstep who have taught me skills which I can now use ..and importantly in their own small ways these things give me a chance to really play a part in keeping me and the planet I share a little healthier.  Green walks are our chance to explore these connections, meet people on our doorstep, share skills and learn about our local area while having enjoying a gander.
Rightio that’s quite enough waffle, now onto some action!  Here’s Decembers line-up of festive fun to look forward to!
Community gardening party. Sunday 2nd Dec @ 11-1pm, Furniss Island, Truro.  As well as giving the main Plant your Park community garden the once over so its looking its best for Christmas, this Sunday we’ll be moving onto pastures new ..heading under the subway to give the wee patch of greenery on Worths Quay a tidy-up.  Jobs to include: pruning, mulching, removing brambles and dead branches..and more!  With lots to do, the more the merrier so do join us!  Wear sensible clothing, bring refreshments.  Tools, biccies, good chat and gardening know-how provided. 🙂
December Test Stroll.  With all the troops away this Sunday, Decembers test stroll instead of being on the usual first Sunday will for this month only take place on Sunday 9th December @ 2pm.  We will be reccie-ing a festive-foliage-filled route for Decembers get-together.  If you know of any particularly good greenery spots, do come along!
 
December Festive Get-together.  For this month’s get-together we’ll be collecting the ingredients to make our very home Truronian Christmas wreaths and other homely decorations.  Then stay on for an evening of wreath-making over a bring’n’share festive feast. 16th December, times: 2-4pm for the walk, 4-8pm for the festive get-together and wreath-making.  Let me know ASAP if you’d like to go, by adding your name on this Doodle poll – gives me an idea of how big a room to book us!
 
Rightio that’s it for now, hope to see you for some gardening on Sunday! 🙂
Natter soon,
 
Kloe
 
Head Co-ordinator
Truro Green Walks

 

November/Festive shenanigans‏

What a gander we had last Sunday putting together this months green walk …found a monkey puzzle tree, got to know a couple locals of the horsey kind, skidded and slipped through muddy golden leaves, had a giggle at a herd of cows making a run for the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  Also welcomed Birgit – our latest addition to the green walks team – Birgit did her walk leader training recently so will be helping at the helm to steer up on our adventures through local greenery.

Have lots of goodies for you this month…
the November Green Walk 
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..will take place this Sunday 18th Nov. This month, local wildlife expert Phil Harris will be joining us to talk winter wildlife exploring ancient trees and local bird life on a lovely gander out in the St.Clement/Malpas area. Bring binoculars, ID books, your own know-how to impress! Also being rather damp this time of year – bring rain jackets, wellies and brollies to stay warm and dry. Meeting at Truro Cathedral at 2pm, back for 4pm – as ever 🙂  RSVP on the facebook event page if you’re coming so have an idea of numbers.
Tree planting for Dig Together Day!
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..will take place on Saturday 24th November @ 10am @ Treyew School as part of the RHS national Dig Together Day initiative. Planting will take place along the school playing field and will provide shelter for the children and habitat for wildlife.  Richard Argall who’s co-ordinating the event says he’s keen for anyone who has not planted a tree before to come along, but with lots of be planted the more the merrier!  Wear wellies and bring a spade if you have one, if not there will be some spare tools knocking about.
X-mas get-together
Technically leaving November behind but wanted to see what you thought about having a bit of a festive green walks get-together – if you’re up for it gives me time to get rooms booked!  The idea:  For Decembers green walk collect the ingredients to make your very home Truronian Christmas wreath.  Afterwards get-together for an evening of wreath-making (and other festive decor!) over a bring’n’share festive feast. Those interested would bring a dish or a drink to leave in a cosy festive green walks venue in the heart of Truro, that we would re-heat/prepare straight after the walk.  Date: 16th December, rough time(s): 2-4pm as usual for the walk, 4-8pm for the festive get-together and wreath-making.  Let me know ASAP if you’d like to go, by adding your name on this Doodle poll – gives me an idea of how big a room to book us!
Rightio that’s it for now,
Natter soon,
Kloe
Head Co-ordinator
Truro Green Walks