Controversial: an apple picking Monday instead of a walk!
There is an orchard along the side of the Warneford Hospital site, and the hospital has a partnership with Tiddly Poms to use the apples to make a Warneford-brand apple juice. The juice will be sold to benefit the hospital charity. We have been asked to help by picking the apples (carefully! we need to avoid any bruises).
We will have the use of 2 picking poles, and several litter pickers (surprisingly handy for apple picking), but as ever please bring your own gardening gloves if you have them.
We will meet by the garden shed at Warneford Hospital. Head into the main hospital entrance off Roosevelt Drive, up towards reception and left at the mini roundabout. The shed is beside the staff car park.
7 good-gymers ended their Monday on a high with a walk over to Shotover Country Park.
With a route pre-set by Rachael, all that was left to do was have fun!
We found plenty of items for nature bingo; including puff-ball mushrooms (that were close but not quite ready to puff!). Fungus McGhee Matty (resident expert) suggested they only had a few days left before they were ready to burst - so anyone who might fancy a trip from today onwards; you should be in luck!
Some very kind passers-by could spot us struggling to take a selfie a mile off, and very kindly papp’d us while up on Shotover hill; sadly it was too cloudy for a glorious sunset, but never the less, a beautiful view.
With plenty of elevations and a few map dilemmas, we walked and talked for nearly 1.5hrs, working up quite the post ramble rumbles. Louise was off to peruse the centre isle at ALDI, while Vicky had worked up an appetite for another run. Amy H continued on home and the rest of us enjoyed a Curry in Headington. With insight from Amy W and Matty we settled on ABC; which was a great shout. The food was delightful, it was great value, and we learnt all about Meysam’s new hobby; if you want to know more you’ll have to ring him up and ask him!
Such a lovely evening Gang; lets do it again soon!
The garden at the Highfield unit is looking WAY less bramble infested now after our regular work over the spring and summer. This last evening visit of the summer (and of the year!) was an opportunity for a good tidy-up before autumn sets in.
Weeding, raking, nettle pulling, and - of course - bramble lopping were the tasks of the night. We even found buried treasure as we unearthed some teeny tiny potatoes. We replanted them in hopes of a full crop next year.
Side note: only at GoodGym would the declaration "I found a potato!" receive the reply "What? another one?!".
Several of wheelbarrow loads of weeds and grass cuttings were removed, ideas discussed for perennials which might bring some colour to the planting next year, and we were all done before 7:30pm sunset.
We were grateful for water and juice from the ward staff - thank you!
Welcome back to Oxford Jessica L and congrats on your 10th Good Deed!
Well done on your 1st GoodGym Good Deed Jessica V.