Due to reasons beyond our control tonight's task had to cancel at the last minute, not to be stopped we decided to put on a plog of the park.
Nathan cycled down to provide us with plenty of litter picking bags, even though he wasn't joining us for the session (what a STAR) and whilst waiting we welcomed back Peter after a whole YEAR and to the FIRST ever session we welcomed Siki.
All gloved and bagged up we split into two group, one for the walkers and one for the runners and off we went. First, we made our way to the fields of Junior parkrun to see if they needed a tidy up, along the way hitting the rugby club car park and trying to figure out how you can lose your socks?
After 20 minutes it was spotless and time to move on, so we got together and ran ourselves over to the start of the Blackweir parkrun (I'm sensing a theme here). We found a dog or three along the way who seemed as though they wanted to join as our mascots, chatted to some locals about goodgym and what we do whilst also obviously cleaning the well-used pathways.
As we got close to the beginning there was just enough time to quickly hit the balance trail and test our skills, from rope bridges to springboards it was certainly a test and great fun.
A quick photo for the end and our evening was complete, thanks to everyone for helping to keep the park the beautiful place that we all need it to be.
Tenovus Cancer Care is a Welsh cancer charity that supports cancer patients and their families, funds cancer research and works to raise awareness of how to prevent cancer.
We will be volunteering in the shop on Clifton Street, it's been a very long time since we were here last. There may be some painting involved but we will confirm this soon.
Another Sunday, and a visit to Stargarallot community gardens. It was a bit of a big task today as we had to move an entire raised bed to a new location, it had been originally planted up with the 3 Sisters Method
NO that's not the Powerpuff Girls
It's planting Corn, beans, and squash as companion planting.
Unfortunately, as we had to move the planter, it had to go. We rolled up our non-existent sleeves and dug right in, the plants were removed, and the wheelbarrows arrived as we started to dig the topsoil from the bed. The good soil from the top was being kept on tarpaulin so that we could put the soil back in the correct order.
Wait a minute, what was that......them...........ahhhhhhhhhhh
We disturbed two little mice that came bounding out of the undergrowth to find some new homes, and we named them Geraldine and Gerald. We continued to dig, but now like we were on an archaeological dig just in case there was more.
Break Time - grab some juice
After a quick break we got back to work, dismantling the bed and moving it over to the new plot - some slight digging required to level it off before screwing it all back together. Now was the return of the soil..........and stuff. We moved the twigs and old compostable material that had once been the mouse house 🐭, then a layer of cardboard before finally replacing the good soil from the tarpaulin.
It was a long day but full of chat and fun, a great workout worthy of a big dinner afterwards.
We have got to move a metal tool store, the bed built out of scaffolding and the wood piles into a new plot.
It was time for our longer run this month, not to be put off 12 goodgymers got together at our meeting point at Sport Wales National Centre. We split into our two groups with the 5 walk / joggers heading out first to tackle the 3.5 km to Oasis whilst the 7 runners took a slightly different route through the park.
It was a hot day for this run, but we chatted all the way and made it in good time to meet up with our regular goodgymer Karolina, who today donned her Oasis hat.
We kept hydrated with some water and had a look around.
It had changed since the last time we had helped here with some new planters, trellis, and even more planting. Today there was some painting of the new planters and old sign, watering, general tidying up.
Oh, wait here come the walk / joggers to join in. Everyone got stuck in with their chosen tasks and we even had opportunities to chat to Karolina about some of the plants that were around the gardens.
The 30 minutes flew by so fast that we were nearly late leaving, just enough time for a quick group photo before heading back and popping out for some food and a bit of a social.
Always great times with this team.
Oasis is a great charity that offers a warm Welsh welcome to refugees and asylum seekers.
We'll be painting a fence, helping to put a new planter in the ground and any general tidying up that needs to be done. There will also be some photographers from Wales Online.
18:15 - 18:30 Meet and warm up
18:30 - 19:00 Active travel to task
19:00 - 19:30 Oasis Task
19:30 - 20:00 Actvie travel back
20:00 - Possible drinks?