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Wednesday 28 November 2018

Wed 28th Nov 2018 - All Saints' Church, Freshwater. GG # 763.

Terry's Photographs.

"Mission control central" (AKA...the tool shed!)

Yes, there were a LOT of leaves...

...that needed bagging up before being dragged...

...back to the bonfire.

Working on the footpath that runs adjacent.

Coppicing some of the many yew trees.

"See.. I told you...there was a pathway under all those leaves..!"

Clouded Agaric fungi 
(Wikipedia advise that it is supposedly edible but 'generally considered better to be avoided'!).

It is a good job that Team GG members pay little attention to weather predictions... with heavy rain and severe gales forecasted for Wednesday, they could have all been expected to stayed at home...! Not our intrepid team, they all turned out to give All Saints' churchyard a winter makeover. As can been see from the photographs above, the jobs were both numerous and far reaching and certainly kept everyone busy. Come tea break it was nice to get in, under cover, enjoying the excellent hot drinks and home made cakes. (Hope our wet clothing didn't drip too much on the church floor!) Then it was back out into the inclement weather to get the job finished. Going by the "after" photos above, everyone should be proud of their achievements, performed in less than ideal conditions.

A message from Carole (originally sent to Mark!).

Hi Mark Peter and Vida, Jill (churchwarden) texted me last night to thank everyone at GG again and please add my grateful thanks to that. It was a tremendous session, an amazing bonfire, and fabulous cakes. So kind of everyone to give their time up for the churchyard. With love, Carole  

Many thanks to Terry for the photographs and to the "church ladies" for the excellent cake and refreshments..!

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Wed 21st Nov 2018 - One Horse Field, Totland. GG # 762.

Terry's Photographs.

The short walk from the car park to the work site.

And today, we were working at...(see above!)

Even when it is cold...we are a happy bunch..!

That is one HUGE area to rake over.

Today's Instructions.
Rake all the cuttings into long lines or piles....

...then bag it up...

...before dragging it to the composting area...

and then...finally....tip it all out. 
Repeat the above many, MANY, times...!

Our "friendly Ranger" tackling some of
the bigger growth.

Having had torrential freezing rain, earlier in the day, we were pleased to see that the session started in the dry. The instructions were simple " rake it...bag it and dump it on the composting pile!" One Horse Field is a huge area and had been mechanically cut some time ago - so everything was compacted down and wet from the overnight rain. Who said our task was going to be simple..??? The good thing about it was that there was plenty of work to keep us warm on this rather chilly day. Why do we go to the bother of doing it.... to stop the cuttings rotting down and composting the area. If it is left like that the grass and weeds will grow first and smother out the wild flowers that we want to encourage next summer. In spite of the large area, we did manage to make a difference so hopefully One Horse Field will become a lovely meadow again next year.

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs this week.

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Wed 14th Nov 2018 - Carisbrooke Old Mill Pond. GG # 761.

Terry's Photographs.

Harlequin Ladybird.

The editorial will be added as it arrives. 👌

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs this week.

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Wed 7th Now 2018 - Pan Mill Meadows, Newport. GG # 760.

Terry's Photographs.

As can been seen, from the photographs above, this session involved a tremendous amount of RAKING..! I think it was Mark who once called it the "Great Britsh Rake Off" - oh so true..! It is also apparent, from all the wet clothing, that it really wasn't the best of weather - durning the course of the morning there were several VERY heavy down pours ☁☂ In spite of this, GG team did a great job in clearing the site of the pre cut grass and reeds and even managed to fit in a site wide litter pick - well done everyone 👍.

Many thanks to Terry who risked getting his camera wet to take the photographs.