Wednesday, Christchurch School children were here with Danny. Tomas and Miranda were very helpful pulling out our old wallflowers and replanting the line of tyres alongside our paths, with flowers we had grown in the poly tunnel.
In the afternoon we met up with our other students at Cotswold Farm; where they had 'Open Gardens'. The students had a stall in aid of the Care Farm, selling plants, and raised over £30! We had a very enjoyable afternoon looking round the amazing gardens. The best bit for me, was the wild orchid meadow - really beautiful.
Our Open Farm Sunday afternoon was as great success. We had about 10 children, with their families, and were 'lent' 3 orphan lambs, from a neighbouring farmer (thank you Jane!) to bottle feed.
|feeding time at Open Farm Sunday!|
Monday we had to bring our flock of Wiltshire into the covered yard. We have one lamb that is lame - can't find out why, and we wormed the lambs again. Some of the lambs also seem to have swollen throats - soft tissue no lumps?? We may have to pay a visit to the vets again....(remember we took on of the Aylesburys last year!)
In the afternoon we had a visitor from Deer Park School, and two representatives from Mencap - and the weather was lovely. We had teas outside, and Helen and William show people round.
Wednesday, Niamh and Miranda were here with Danny - again extremely hot weather. They helped fill the raised bed that Roly made with Mike and Alan; with stones, and took water up to the pigs (with delightful watering cans that we were given at the weekend!)
In the afternoon we had visitors from Ruskin Mill, Jane Burr, Head Teacher at North Cerney School, and St Rose's Stroud. The Art students from Owl Barn also came up, and Simon has actually done a trial 'Mural' on the side of the Porta Cabin - it looks great! We were very pleased to welcome two representatives for The Barnwood Trust, who are going to help raise our profile.,
Thursday, Roly & Mike made yet another bed for flowers this time and Gerry spent all morning weeding the Fruit Cage!! In the afternoon we had the Chairman of Cirencester Rotary Club here with his wife, as we have been chosen as their main Charity for their coming year! We also had Annabel here from Dobbies - she arrived with gloves & tools for the children, and other supplies for the poly tunnel - so a big thank you to her, and Julie Mantell, Head Teacher from Paternoster School. Unfortunately, the weather yesterday afternoon was really filthy - so not easy to show everyone round. Luckily both Gerry & Mike our two volunteers had made delicious cakes for tea! (Mike recently won a competition for the best Victoria Sponge so we asked him to bring us one!)
|Annabel from Dobbies handing out gardening|
By the end of yesterday, Gerry and i were completely shattered - but we feel the last four days have been a great success - all about raising our profile, and showing people what we have to offer at the Care Farm. Hopefully, we will have a good group of new students starting in the Autumn...!