|Shed with added bunting and plants|
Just want to let you all know that our amazing total that The Book Group raised (now that it is all in and counted, including the gift aid) ended up at:
Thank-you to every one of you that contributed and especially to the ones who cheered us on! We've all made a difference to Cancer Research!!
|What a difference a pressure washer makes!|
A couple of weeks ago I had a day off hoping that I could get some work done in the back yard - but it rained all day! This time I was luckier. I decided to take Saturday off when I knew the forecast was at least dry - to we could get it sorted.
I was up bright and early-ish (didn't want to wake the neighbours too early after a Friday night!) and once the pressure washer was plugged in and fired up spent most of the day cleaning the patio flag stones.
I couldn't believe how bright and yellow they were under all the grime. It was a revelation! Thanks to Nathan's parents who lent us their pressure washer - it is wonderful :-) We really need to buy our own!
I really enjoyed the day actually - sometimes you are just in the mood to get things done. So, you have to make the most of it. Now I just want July, August and September to be endlessly sunny and warm - so we can enjoy sitting out in it.
Meanwhile, in between helping me when I got tired Nathan was demolishing the old shed at the top of the yard by the house. We wanted the space to make a nice sitting area that would be sheltered from any winds.
I was surprised how quickly he managed to dismantle it - it's now in sections waiting for someone to take it away! We have to decide how to best get rid of it. It wasn't worth selling as the roof and the floor were quite damp and rotten in places. The four walls are pretty sturdy though :-
So our outdoor space looks bigger now - and the shed looks prettier now that it has got plants in it window boxes and bunting over the door. N has even constructed a desk in there - so I could use it to go and write in. We seems to be able to get WiFi from down there!
I think it just needs a sign over the door with its name on Now what to call it......
In Library News we had a great event on Friday - organised by Caroline, our own Poetry Tutor and Tracy with her knitting group. They were lucky to get a lady call Sarah Males from the Stone and Water project in Buxton to come along and show them ways of using wool and other materials to create a seascape.
Did you know that 300 million years ago the landscape of the Peak District was being formed beneath tropical seas?
|Part of the coral and seaweed display|
Today, the fossils and stone formations hold the secrets of those prehistoric times and the creatures that lived there long before even the days of the dinosaurs.
Ancient Landscapes is a project that aims to get people thinking about the history of the Peaks using interactive workshops.The project is run by Buxton–based community group Stone and Water, and funded through the Peak District National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.
|We trimmed up for them|
Sarah has done several interactive workshops like this and has collected up all the things made during them to form an exhibition. Have a look at the blog for more information: Ancient Landscapes. They already have photos and quotes from the session on there. All our ladies really enjoyed the session and plan to go off to Buxton to see the exhibition.
We trimmed up our meeting room where the event took place before they arrived with some pompoms and wool bunting that we'd been collecting together. Thanks mum for making so much of it :-)
Thanks to Caroline too. It was so lovely to see her out of term time. She'll be back in the library again in September with her poets. In the meantime she'd not taking time off for long holidays - oh no! She is busy organising the poet Simon Armitage's next epic trip through Britain. After tackling the Pennine Way last year, at the end of August he is setting off again, bartering his way with poems and readings.
This will be a journey, mainly on foot, from Minehead in Somerset along the north coast of the South West Coast Path to Land's End and beyond ... There is a rumour that he could be walking across to the Isles of Scilly! Good luck with that Simon!!
If you'd like more information about that - click here
Well, I think that's enough excitement for one day! See you soon, xx
|We put up the woollen bunting!|