It was a very early morning start for this task: 8.30am on a Sunday morning on a bank holiday!!! Four bleary eyed good gymers came to help Catherine for the meditative task of repotting more plants for the Park View estate. Lieke concentrated on cauliflowers whilst Boris worked on geraniums, and in chatting discovered that they were both Dutch so slipped into their native tongue, but it was all double Dutch to me. Meanwhile Amanda and Stephen repotted curly kale and tomatoes. Though we finished after our alloted time still hadn't done all the plants so there may be a mission part 3. Afterwards we went to the nearby new kitsch cafe next to the canal for coffee and a natter.
Our Task Force Pro Stephen heads up the Sunday morning Early Bird session of this delightful activity, helping Catherine of Parkview Estate finish speed-potting 600 late delivery seedlings.
What you will be doing
- You will be divided into 2-3 teams, spread out over this spacious, picturesque estate to finish planting 600 seedlings which have been delivered with very little notice!
Always a fun, lively task, this morning's activity is guaranteed to leave you satisfied, sweaty and smiling!
I took my bike and my pannier bags to a food bank I’ve never been to before - turns out Google Maps got the location wrong! Finally I found the right location and was met by a friendly bunch that were enjoying the sun outside the food bank. They had a quiet day today. Then I cycled east to Mr. D to hand over a much needed load of food. He has a broken leg so was happy that GoodGym could support him with this!
A beautiful sunny Monday even greeted us for our activity at Hollybush on Monday, although a little chilly! We were greeted by the lovely Margaret ready for us to get going, but not before showing us how the worms were getting on!
A task of weeding and maintaining the gardens lay before us - folding over daffodils and ziptying them down so they grow back into the bulbs and resurface next year - who knew that was a thing?! We loving learning new things whilst we're out and about. The rest of the beds were to be weeded - but ensuring we left the poppies alone!
Before we knew it time was up and we got sweeping to tidy up before we got on our way again, a few of us popping off for the training at Meath Gardens with Laura, and the others heading home.
A wonderful evening had by all!
Task Force pro Kat returns this evening, accompanied by Becky, to lead this evening's Hollybush activity, as we rejoin Margaret and Michael for a variety of gardening activities in Rocky Park.
What you need to know
You'll be meeting in a group of 13 for greeting and briefing only. You will then be be distributed into smaller teams, all over the site, with two task owners.
Tools and gloves will be available, but bring own gloves if you have them, as well as a face covering in case you are working in a confined outdoor space.
We have allowed an hour for this task, but you are welcome to stay longer if there's still work to be done!
This task runs alongside tonight's fitness activity in Meath Gardens. Kat and Becky will be leading the fitness crew to Meath after this task if you fancy doing the double!
Need to cancel?
- Numbers are strictly capped for this activity, but Michael and Margaret do need a minimum of six people for each group. So please un-sign with as much notice as possible if you can't make this after signing up. Thank you!
What a lovely garden Mrs M has! She gave me some tools and then I got started clearing out her beds of flowers. We had some nice chats about her love for gardening, that we’ll soon become almost neighbours (I’m moving in 2 weeks!), and about Latin names for flowers. She also showed me a film of the garden from a couple of years ago when both she and her late husband both had the energy to take care of the garden - what an oasis! After finishing off a couple of beds under the scorching sun ☀️ Mrs M was very pleased with how it looked like and we discussed other things that could be done with the garden in the future. I hope I get to Mrs M soon again!
Two families needed deliveries today from a food bank in Clapton. What a lovely sunny day to be riding my bike! I was hoping to pick up all the food in one go but had to let go of that plan when seeing the fully loaded crates of food...
So, first I headed to Mr D who lives around the corner and dropped off a big load of food and we had a great chat - he told me he got a job today! Congratulations Mr D! Then I headed back to the food bank and picked up the second and last load of the day and headed to Hoxton where I delivered the food to Mr J and his very sweet and chatty kid (who was very impressed by my turquoise helmet and kept asking if I wanted to come in to their home). What a great way to spend my Wednesday evening!