On a very rainy day the goodgymers in Cardiff still got out to celebrate the fourth birthday of goodgym in Wales.
With very little rules, other than run something relating to 4 it was good to see us still getting out. We'd already had a mission in the morning so this was to finish off the day.
Today we celebrate our 4th birthday for goodgym Cardiff & The Vale, whilst we still have some restrictions on we thought it would be nice to do a virtual 4.
So do 4km, 4 miles, make the shape of a 4, run, jog, walk or cycle - you do you!
Whatever you do, if you could please send me some photos of you in your goodgym top and your strava / route evidence.
If you tweet away don't forget to tag us @GGCardiffVale
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.
It was a lovely sunny day in Cardiff and everyone enjoyed their walks, runs or cycle to get to Stargalot allotments. We were welcomed warmly by Camilla who explained the tasks that needed doing, which were also helpfully written on a blackboard under the words "Fabulous Goodgym"
Martin was leading the community mission and had a very relaxed leadership style letting people choose which task they fancied doing. The main criteria for people seemed to be the task that would involve less red ants (for future reference - weeding around fruit trees is not the one you want to pick 😂)
Pete and Flo helpfully worked on moving compost. While Martin got to start moving things in a wheelbarrow. Sean, Imy and Laura started weeding around the trees and making a circle around them, where ornamental bark will be places. In a few years they'll be lots of pears, cherries, plums and even a welsh variety of apple that should taste great in a crumble.
After over an hour of busy gardening, the tasks were complete. When asked for a quote of what he'd completed, Martin very detailedly said "moving stuff" and didn't comment further. Regardless, our efforts were really appreciate by Camilla and we were provided with some refreshing drinks and some snacks too! I'm sure Goodgym will be back to help out again at Stargalot soon.
Task one back at Stargarallot community gardens is to get a pathway ready to make a new gravel path; 3 to 6 good gym people. Expect some clearing and levelling, maybe some weed suppressant ready for task two coming soon!