The sun is out ….

(From right to left: Diane, Keith Tony & Shirley get to work on Plot 90)

Well its been a great afternoon to get back on the plots today, and we weren’t the only ones to think so; here’s a picture of our neighbours on Plot 90 (Diane, Keith, Tony & Shirley). Today we planted some of the first of the new seasons crop including:

  • Broad Beans “Danko” variety. Apparently, the remains of Broad Beans have been found in Israel which date back to 6,500 BC. This makes the humble bean one of the earliest vegetables to be cultivated.

Lets hope we’re through the worst of the frosts and they all start to search out for Spring. Today was also the anniversary of a memorable trip to South Africa. On this day last year, I along with staff and students from Chaucer School were lucky enough to be part of an expedition to Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Working on the community garden at Mboniselo School, Port Elizabeth (2011)


Once there we worked alongside Mboniselo School, teachers, parents, and students (and local charity the Calabash Trust) to build a community garden that has since helped provide food for people in that part of Motherwell, Port Elizabeth. Plans are already being made for a second expedition in 2013, and I for one cannot wait …… and at least it will be warm as well as sunny!

Two quotes remind me of that time in Port Elizabeth, the first from a song by Ina D Ogden, which was sung over and over by the people we worked with from Mboniselo: “Brighten the corner, where you are ….”

And the second, which has the same idea behind it, from Desmond Tutu who said in one of his books: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”


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