Mike needs a hand this week at the original Secret Garden next to St Clements Church in Boscombe.
Meet us at the church for 6pm if you’re unable to run or cycle with us.
If you’re able to run or cycle we’re meeting at Kings Park Pavilion at 5:45pm for a little run there and then return after.
Total running or cycling distance will be 5km. Bring some gardening gloves if you have some!!
Mrs L is downsizing so needed a hand sorting through lots of belongings which were piled high in 2 separate spaces.
Turns out that myself and Sarah were the IDEAL team to take on this challenge... Sarah admitted she was occasionally one to hold on to things and I am pretty brutal when it comes to sorting and clearing out so it was a great combination!
First we made a plan which was to get some piles going - one for tip, one for charity, and one for valuables /collectables which needed someone with a trained eye to decide their fate! After clearing enough space to create some piles, we got going.
It didn't take us long to start seeing progress and I realised I was in my absolute element, I love a good sort out!
Mrs L was really grateful for our help and surprised by what we managed to get done in the time. Hopefully we will be back to finish what we started in the next few weeks. A dusty but satisfying start to our Saturday for sure👍
I hadn't seen Mrs H for a while so it was nice to be back. We had lots of catching up to do and she showed me pictures from days out with her friends. I know that having a GoodGym-er come and sweep the leaves is as much about having a chat as it is clearing the leaves away for Mrs H.
Today I also gave her plants a water as they were looking a bit dry. Mrs H showed me her preferred setting on the hose to make sure the plants got a good shower, and she was hopeful that they'd spring back to life which I'm sure they will!
Mr N needed a wardrobe moving from an upstairs bedroom to the downstairs living room so that he could easily access his belongings.
When Sarah and I arrived, we were quite relieved to see a relatively short wardrobe, however it was a very heavy, sturdy piece of furniture!
Mr N has a stairlift, which we thought we could use to our advantage to help us get the wardrobe down the stairs, but after lots of heavy lifting and shifting in different positions whilst Sarah tried to balance on the stairs (!!), unfortunately we weren't able to complete the task.
After convincing Mr N not to attempt it himself, Sarah took some photos to send to HQ and we assured Mr N that although we couldn't sort it out today, someone would be back to get the job done for him.
It's always disappointing not being able to complete a mission, but we had a good workout this morning thats for sure!
When I arrived at Mrs T's, her carer was there so she showed me round to the back door where the cat flap was that needed fixing.
Now, I'm pretty practical but not exactly a professional handywoman so I was a bit worried I might not be able to fix this one. The cat flap was an electric one (who knew they existed!?) but I could see pretty quickly that the batteries had been put in the wrong way. Bingo. I corrected them and did a few tests, and as if by magic it was up and running, phew!
The cat even came and left the house via the catflap as if to prove that it was working! No tools required 👍