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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wed 30th Aug 2017 - Sandown Meadows, Lake. GG # 700….!

Terry's Photographs.

Our "bosses" for the day - complete with corporate logos!

Raking in the rain - can it get any better???

There was certainly lots for us to be working on.

A hay-stack with legs?

GG finally gets automated.

Beep….beep….coming through…!

The area we cleared….

….and the area we covered!

As we all assembled for the 700th GG session, the rain started. Fortunately, it wasn't too heavy and didn't last very long - just enough to make us all put on waterproof clothing. After a bit of a hike from where we parked the cars, we arrived at the worksite and told what our task for the day would be… "Rake up cut material from one field and then spread it across the adjacent one"! Yes, this did cause a few raised eyebrows but once given the explanation, it all made a bit more sense. The idea was that the pre-cut area contained lots of wild flowers and by spreading them across the open area then hopefully they would self seed. If we visit here again next year then it will be interesting to see if the plan worked. We were helped with the task by having a quad bike and trailer to transport all the material…. I think we would have REALLY struggled trying to wheelbarrow it all across the marshy ground!
With a very special tea break (see separate blog page) to refresh us, it was amazing just how much was achieved in just those few hours.

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs this week.

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