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! 🙂
Truro Green Walks