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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Wed 16th June 2021 - GG Virtual Session # 048.

 Today's motley bunch....πŸ˜€

Because of circumstance beyond Mark's control, this week's GG session was yet another Zoom one. It is hoped that things might improve soon and for those of you who aren't on the GG round robin e-mail listing, I have pasted his message below....

Next week likely at The Riverside.  This centre is of course one of the mian vaccine hubs on the Island, so our work around the site's gardens there have been viewed probably more times in the last year than over the past decade or so. Certainly the Quay side of the building!  We'll be trimming and the usual tidy up, I'll email beforehand, and hopefully next week won't be quite so sticky and humid!

The week after (30th June). Likely back to Wroxall at the farm. I went and had a look and the hay crop hasn't been cut at that time so parking would be a problem, so I'll make contact again and check on the progress over the next week.

So, hope that is okay, this week bloomin zoomin but then fingers crossed for a couple of sessions over the rest of June.

He did mention that these two venues might be swapped around so, as per usual, keep an eye on your e-mail in tray.

This morning's early fog seemed to be responsible for Phil having a rather strange Dalek type voice, as the fog cleared this got better...! This was the scene at Cowes around 8am...

It seems that some of the more adventurous GG members have been trying sea swimming 😨. Gizmo and I have paddled at Gurnard but that was enough for us..! The cost of the all in one post swimming  "smocks" was discussed and it was agreed that £150 for a hoodie towel was a bit steep 😏.

The arrival of an Egyptian  Eagle in the Scilly Isles raised a few comments, anyone remember the Bee Eaters that visited us a few years ago?

Everyone agreed that this year has been great for gardens, especially for roses. Perhaps that cold spell we had earlier held everything back and then, as the weather improved, everything bloomed simultaneously. Hopefully, the thunderstorms we have forecasted for the next couple of days, won't destroy everything πŸ˜”.

Regular readers will know that I have been trying to "improve nature" on the St Mary's Traffic Interchange  island. The wild flower seeds sowed earlier this year haven't been the success that I had hoped for but not a complete failure.

If Island Roads don't strim everything down before it goes to seed then maybe things will improve by next year.

Hopefully we will be out and about next Wednesday morning. Don't forget to keep an eye on your e-mail in tray for any updates.

Stay safe.

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Wed 9th June 2021 - Brading Downs. GG # 839.

 Terry's Photographs.

Once again, we managed to escape the Zoom session on the computer and escape to the REAL worldπŸ‘.
Okay, pulling ragwort isn't everyones idea of an exciting morning out but when it is on Brading Down, with all it's stunning views,  then even PPP has it's benefits.

I don't think there needs to be much of a description as to what the task was, the photos above explain everything. Take a fork and bin bag, dig up any ragwort plants you can find, put into bag and dump into trailer....repeat until it is time to go and treat yourself to an ice cream..!
This was a well attended session and the weather was just about perfect...may we have many more sessions like this over the coming weeks. Mark did indicate that there may well be other "real" GG sessions in the near future so please keep an eye on your e-mails for details.

On the way home I spotted this rather unusual cloud formation. Does anyone else think it resembles a cruise ship..???

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs this week.

Take care everyone, stay safe.

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Wed 2nd June 2021 - GG Virtual Session # 047.

 The happy Wednesday morning crowd this week were....

With all the glorious weather we have been experiencing recently, it would have been nice to have been out and about for this week's GG session but unfortunately it was yet another Zoom session 😏. 
Mark assures us that next week is an "almost, possible, maybe" for a ragwort pulling session, up on the Downs πŸ‘.
 One of the above (no names mentioned..!) made history for our GG Zoom sessions.... by joining us from overseas..! Apparently travel across Europe isn't too difficult if you do your homework first but the weather for his outward leg sounded truly appalling. Lots of envious comments from other GG members, even though he claims he is "working" πŸ˜€.
The conversation then turned to recent sightings of various birds, butterflies and moths that people had seen across the Island. Always pays to keep your eyes wide open when walking around and to keep the phone camera at the ready..!

Fingers crossed that this will be the last Zoom session and we will get back to "REAL" GG sessions again, starting next week.

take care everyone and stay safe.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Wed 26th May - GG Virtual Session #046.

 Those attending today were...

The excitement of last week's outdoor session was somewhat short lived...this week we reverted to, yet another, online Zoom meeting 😞. Mark pointed out that suitable venues are difficult to find at the moment especially as we are in the middle of the bird nesting season. The positive news is that there may well be some outdoor work coming up soon but the dreaded words Ragwort and Himalayan Balsam were also mentioned...πŸ‘Ž. Then again, I am sure that we are all so desperate to get out that even Pesky Plant Pulling sessions would be well attended..!!!
The topics of conversation were, as per usual, wide ranging - everything from traffic information to dead whales and bonfires. In light of the expected work along river banks and the problem of locating the exact spot, it was suggested that perhaps the phone app "what3words" might be handy. Some time was then spent laughing about the three words used for our home locations πŸ˜‚. Apparently a dead whale has been washed up on the beach at Fort Victoria (although I was there yesterday and didn't notice anything). It seems that bonfires are the next things to fall to the "green" legislation - we wondered if that might change how we dispose of "arisings" in the future?

Talking of things green, I have recently collected my contribution to reducing my petrol car milage.. a new    E-bike. I have always been amazed at Viv's determination to use her bike at every opportunity so hope that I can, in a much smaller way, achieve something similar. Firstly, I have got to remember how to ride a

Take care, stay safe and keep an eye on your e-mail in tray for details about  upcoming REAL sessions.