David just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give David a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.
We had not been back to Samye since the end of lockdown so there was plenty of new things to see, so Michael decided to go earlier and grab a coffee from the café. Darren turned up next a bit earlier so they sat together and chatted for a while in the oasis of the outside covered seating that we had painted on our last visits in 2020.
Once David, Laura and Martin arrived it was time to get to work in the back garden. Lorraine had already explained what needed doing to Michael whilst they were getting the tools out of the shed, so it was time to pick up tools and get busy. In between the paving needed cleaning with the weeding tool, and the Spanish bluebells had to be dug up and removed from the garden. They had been allowed to flower as they had looked nice, but they are an invasive species and can overrun a space if left to their own accord. Finally, the valerian was growing again on the walls, it is roots can destroy a wall if left to grow too much so they also had to go, butterflies do love this plant though so they can be helpful too sometimes.
After an hour we had produced a good heap of weeds which Lorraine was going to deal with another time, and now it was time to make our way back to the seating out front for the usual Samye spread. We had vegan cheese toasties, tortillas, strawberries, and lots of squash to drink. We all had a great time seeing each other again and catching up with Lorraine.
Six things you might not know about bluebells.
- The bluebell has many names: English bluebell, wild hyacinth, wood bell, bell bottle, Cuckoo’s Boots, Wood Hyacinth, Lady’s Nightcap and Witches’ Thimbles, Hyacinthoides non-scripta.
- It is against the law to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebells.
- If you plant bluebells, you should make sure it's the English bluebell, not the Spanish version. This is a more vigorous plant and could out-compete our delicate native flower.
- Almost half the world's bluebells are found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world.
- Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish - around 5-7 years from seed to flower.
- Bluebells can take years to recover after footfall damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise.
With the building being closed for quite a while the garden and surrounding areas are in need of a little tlc, enter goodgym runners. Let's get back to one of our old friends and help them clean and tidy again.
I'll be arriving a little early to get a cuppa at mugs and momos , see you there.
As part of the January challenge why not try something new, grab your bike and get out for a nice cycle. Go further than you usually would, see some new sights and send us some snaps.
Don't have a bike, that's okay you can always grab a nextbike, if you don't have a subscription then it costs £1 for 30 mins or £10 for the full 24 hours.
This year's January challenge is all about distance, walking and running are included as usual but now for the first time so to is cycling. Every 4km is equal to 1km of walking or running, so get out have a change of scenery and workout you upper legs.
This year's January challenge is about distance only due to Covid restrictions, each area is in a team with 6 or 7 other areas. Starting from the 07th January we have a new BINGO card to try to complete. Challenge yourself, you can complete a line (including diagonally) or go for the FULL HOUSE and complete all 25.
Do it for fun anyway that you want, or let your competitive side loose.
Competition Rules 1. Activity can be walking, running or cycling. 2. Each square must be completed on a different day. 3. To get a line each square must be completed in order. 4. Photo evidence will be required.
Please send any photos to firstname.lastname@example.org letting me know which square they are for, or directly to my WhatsApp. This will be for the report.
Albeit it a little of a late start as some of us got a little lost (me included!), Dave, Gemma, Martin and I met with lovely Michael who informed us that the front 2 beds needed a complete overall of weeding, after a lovely little chat of course.
We got to work with our tools in hand and our wheelbarrow at the ready as this was not our first time gardening - we were pretty much pros at this stage. While having a good chinwag about the upcoming festivities and catching up with each other (although Martin and I had only saw each other this morning!), we finished the first bedding and moved on to the next.
Within an hour or so, the task was completed and both beds had been weeded for a blank new canvas ready for the new plants and flowers to bloom the next spring.
We said goodbye to Michael for now, as I am sure we will be coming back shortly to help with more tasks. Watch this space!
Rumney Hub garden needs our assistance once more, it's been quite a while since we were last here. So this is a brilliant opportunity to start up our relationship with them again now that they are under new direction.
After completing a social 5k and earning their GG medal, members of GoodGym Cardiff and Vale gathered to litter pick along the Taff trail.
On first appearances the route looked clear, but after heading along the river, around the football pitches and playparks the bags started filling. 11 bags of rubbish were collected in just over 30 minutes.
In the absence of parkrun and GG group activities the social run (split into small groups and varying paces) and litter pick was a clear success and one to be replicated in the future.
Well done to all involved. If you signed up online to the virtual 5k, don't forget to get your times loaded up. The real race starts now - who's medal will be first through the letter box?
After completing our virtual 5k in the morning, a litter pick will take place along the taff trail
Please bring your own gloves of you have them. Equipment will be provided and handles will have been wiped down prior to use
Use the Goodgym October 5k as a chance to run socially and catch up with other GGC&V members.
If you want to earn yourself the first ever Goodgym race medal, sign up here: https://bit.ly/3loaYO4
Remember to track your run to submit as proof to virtualrunneruk.com .
But you don’t have to have signed up to be able to join this session, it is open to all who want to run and chat.
Please remember socially distancing guidelines before and after the start of the session. In the days leading up to the session, if you, or other members of your household, develop COVID-19 symptoms such as a high temperature; a new continuous cough, and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, please do not turn up to run.
Also please note the Goodgym HQ guidance on running in groups:
Running in groups - People can run together in groups of up to 6. This is irrespective of whether the group are running on pavements, in a park or green space, or on a running track.
We should avoid running on public streets, roads and pavements where other pedestrians are more likely to be. Where possible we should run in parks and open spaces. If running on public streets and pavements is unavoidable we should select less busy streets and always give a wide berth when overtaking other pavement users.
If you are running in a group of of to 6, you must always: • Give way to other pedestrians • Walk in busy areas to ensure you have sufficient time to safely pass others • Stay in a distanced single file on any pavement or route which is narrower than 2 metres