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Equal dark, equal light.

"Equal dark, equal light Flow in Circle, deep insight Blessed Be, Blessed Be The transformation of energy! - From Night An'Fey, Transformation of Energy It was the spring equinox on the 20th, when the length of day and night are equal. I’ve certainly noticed the lengthening daylight, so let’s hope this encourages some growth in the garden. The bulbs are doing well still. Many crocus are still up and some mini tulips and daffodils are coming through too. I’ve been going round the tubs of plants that we still have out from last year, to see what has survived the winter. Some areas of the garden are more sheltered, particularly by the fireplaces. Here, the violas are still flowering and

Lots of Socks!

A lot of different flowers make a bouquet. Today is World Down's Syndrome Day for 2018 From the beginnings of 'Old Town Bloom' we wanted to use the garden to raise awareness about some of the amazing groups that are active in our local community, and reflect the diversity and inclusion that goes on. Why socks? Well, because chromosomes apparently look like socks and people with Down’s syndrome have an extra chromosome! “Lots of Socks” is acknowledged around the world as being associated with Down’s syndrome. Little Free Library - In the book tree We chose this book for the library, thanks to Tina from Halton's Scope Face 2 Face group, asking her network of parents for recommendations. My Fri

Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.

Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community. Last Saturday I joined an intrepid bunch of warriors at Holy Trinity Church, for the first community litter pick of the year. It was great to see so many people, especially on a grim and dismal day. After a few minutes of chatting and letting everyone arrive, people where then split up into teams and given a designated area to work on, ensuring that no one was working on their own. First thoughts, it is harder to use a grabber litter picker thing, than you would think (for me anyways), my fine motor skills are not fine enough to coordinate picking things up AND getting them into a bag. I can definitely see why some prefer using j

As confusing as the March Hare

“Then you should say what you mean,' the March Hare went on. `I do,' Alice hastily replied; `at least - at least I mean what I say - that's the same thing, you know.'” - Lewis Carroll Alice was finding the March Hare as confusing as I’ve been finding March in the garden. Some sunshine and rain this week and possible snow this weekend. The bulbs don’t know whether to come out or not. But it’s good to see the brave crocus are up. They have given us some lovely purple colour in the raised bed. I’m still not trusting the weather, so I have started sowing seeds indoors on my window ledges. A few herbs, peas and tomatoes so far. Then when the snow is over they can go outdoors in our mini green ho

March is a month of considerable frustration.

"March is a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away." - Thalassa Cruso That quote is so right! The saying that March ‘comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’ might be a bit optimistic. So far all we have had is the turbulence of the lion and it’s difficult to imagine it calming down. Winds, snow and sunshine this week and a very mixed forecast for next. Makes it difficult to work out what to wear. I popped into the garden for an hour this week when the sun was out and tidied up a bit. Checked for slugs as usual and found

Old Town Bloomers #PressforProgress

Today is International Women's Day 2018 and the theme for this year is #PressforProgress, so we are doing our little bit, by highlighting some amazing women that have changed the world, in book form. Rosa Parks ~ Little People, Big Dream written by Lisbeth Kaiser and Illustrated by Marta Antelo Emmeline Pankhurst ~ Little People, Big Dream written by Lisbeth Kaiser and Illustrated by Marta Antelo The Handmaid's Tale ~Margaret Atwood As well as participating in this today, the garden will be having a recurring theme this year, about Women and equality. Watch out for Flora! If you are interested in craftivism (using art,craft and creativity for activism) then we heartily recommend 'How to be a

Little Free Library Update

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis The weather has been interesting over the last few weeks, which isn't ideal when you have an outside library, or book tree, as we like to call it. At the start of the year, we decided to create 'Book of the Month', so that every month we put a new book (or books) into the book tree, for people to enjoy. Some months, these will follow along with a theme, and some months, they will be a popular, recommended read. When the book tree first went in, we had thought that children would be the biggest users, in fact it is an equal split. So if one section is looking a bit neglect

Feed The Birds

"Daffodils, That come before the swallow dares, and take The winds of March with beauty." - William Shakespeare Well it’s a very cold and blowy day in the garden, although the snow is slowly melting. So cold that I really didn’t want to be outdoors much today. No sign of our daffodils yet, in fact our bulbs seem reluctant to come out in this weather too. Only our crocuses and signs of a few tulips so far. I checked the rhubarb tub for slugs. None in sight, so I assume they are either hiding or frozen solid. I also put out bird food for the many birds that come to the garden. Fat balls on sticks that we made at Christmas and some extra seed on the garden table. It has turned into a bit of a

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