A great return to times gone by with 20 goodgymers joining for tonight's Tuesday session.
Welcome back to Siki for your second group activity, great to see you back with us again.
A shorter run tonight meant only one thing, time to insert an exercise routine... YES I hear you cry. We bid farewell to the walk / joggers and made our way to the park to start a quick routine, the music began and so did the pain, but it felt good. All of a sudden the time had flown by and we realised we had to make our way to the task, so off we went.
By 19:00 we had all arrived at Samye ready to get going with a list of tasks, we had a white board made up instructing us for the evening.
- Painting one of the rooms.
- Emptying out some items from the attic.
- Weeding the front entrances to the buildings.
- Weeding around the back in the community garden space.
- Moving the Buddha water feature from the back to the front seating area.
- And finally, removing the crocosmia (montbretia) from the front planters.
It was a good job we had 20 of us tonight, so we split into our groups and got to work.
Straight to work were team 'crocosmia', ripping out the plants and bunching them for anyone that wanted to take some home. Whilst a beautiful plant when they flower, they can soon take over a plot by spreading, I will be putting them into planters ready for next year.
Next to get in were the painters, grabbing rollers, trays and paint they made their way into the building to start the transformation. The colours were bright and very Tibetan Buddhist, the room will look wonderful once finished.
Weeding teams got to work at the front and back of the building, getting the paving looking tidy once more and making the whole centre much more welcoming.
Lorraine took up the team to open up the attic and talk them through what needed to be removed, whilst I went over to the final few to start moving the brilliant Buddha water feature. It was by no means a small thing, with the pedestal being made of concrete slabs and blocks, once the attic team had finished they joined up to help move the Buddha and rebuild within our time.
Tools down, get some grub.
Lorraine was a wonderful host tonight and made up some snacks, so it was time to clear up and take some time to chat, laugh and eat. However, it took far too long to get the painting team to put down their rollers and enjoy some food. We will return soon to finish off the painting and get through some additional tasks, don't you worry about that TEAM.
A quick photo and suddenly it was dark and time to get back to our start location. It's time to get your lamps ready........
Head or body they all work well, but they will most certainly be needed over the next few months so have a look online as we all need to stay safe with our exercise.
The area today was pretty clean so we walked until we found some. Everybody was welcoming and friendly. My son and I had fun. This has prompted us to do more in our own area in our spare time in addition to joining Good Gym.
A Sunday litter pick will take place along the taff trail (and gabalfa area)
Please bring your own gloves if you have them, i will also bring the clean gg gloves.
Equipment will be provided and handles will have been wiped down prior to use.
3 groups for this task:
Painting .... the 252 shop and reception. Ceiling tiles to paint blue and bay window to paint yellow
Gardening ...to remove lilac plants from stone walls and weed between paving slabs round the back
Shed ...to empty and tidy
Laura has already done 25 good deeds with GoodGym. Instead of doing anything else, they've used their run to go and help people that need their help; digging, lifting, scraping, clearing, planting and weeding. Stuff that makes this a better place to be.
It has been a while but this week we return to the wonderful World of plogging.
Plogging – The environmental and health movement from Sweden that cleans up the world!
14 goodgymers met outside Sport Wales National Centre eager to get out and do some good. Tonight we were joined by Victoria who was filming some footage for a piece for Buzz magazine.
Plogging has some great benefits, health and exercise helps boost mental and physical well-being, it helps to keep plastic out of the sea, saves wildlife and their habitat and makes local areas generally nicer places to live.
We split into two teams, three were going to head off on a walking plog as they were overcoming injuries. They were going to concentrate on the park whilst the rest of us run along the river Taff to help keep that plastic out of the waterways before heading into town and back to the start location.
It was great to see the gang as they ran off in all directions, all gloved up and picking up rubbish, the bag holders had there work to do running to the ploggers too. It was really nice to hear thanks from passers by, the odd person shouting 'GOODGYM' and meeting the owner of a new ethical, sustainable restaurant who not only thanked us but ran through the park to do so. They will also be going out with staff for a litter pick once opened, maybe some new goodgym members there too?
We had gone only 2.5 km and already we were running out of bags, so Michael ran off to the shop to but some more whilst the group (now led by Nathan) continued on the agreed route. It wasn't too long before the new bags arrived, and all kitted out again we made our way into the city and through the streets, splitting into two group either side of the road to make the most of our numbers.
We made our way to the final location, just outside the Castle on the public seating area whilst flying the goodgym colours. We waited for Victoria for some final shots in the City Centre (can't wait to see the final edited footage) before running back to meet the walkers for a group photo.
We are going to have a plog around the city, there will be a choice of distances available plus an option to litter pick if you are unable to run.