Take a look at whats on at your local library if your interested in seeing the roving Digging and Delving allotment project exhibition.
We've taken some time out this week after the excitement of last weeks exhibition. However, we did go along to Maplin WI Burnham meeting on Tuesday night, we were made most welcome, the maps were very popular just as they were during the exhibition. We are grateful to Burnham museum for allowing us to keep the exhibits up for an extra day on the Sunday.
All of a sudden the project booklet is really coming together. We're busy drafting, editing and sorting through loads of art work. It's going to be really hard to choose from all the great stuff people made over the weeks.
Yesterday was an whirlwind of a day. A film crew and Siobhan from the Heritage Lottery Fund came to Burnham to make a video with Angela, a local resident who has joined in with many of our art activities as well as being a valuable supporter of the booklet group.
The crew started off by filming Angela talking her art work from the varied range of Sunday sessions and what she has gained from becoming creative again.
Then it was over to the allotments to film me talking about Create & Flourish and our gardening activities. The crew also filmed us pottering and gardening around the allotment - it was a beautiful sunny day so I'm sure the plot will look great.
Next it was off to the Station House - we managed to fit in a quick lunch - before Triss told them about the creative side of our work.
Yesterday was also a big day for us in another way - we took down our old shed - when I say we - what I really mean is that two of our Heritage group came over and took down our shed along with a little extra help from the gardening group.
It was sad to say goodbye to it BUT we have some great plans as to how we will recycle the panels, which is all I can say at this stage, so please come along to our Preveiw on the Friday 27th October 4pm to 8pm and Open Day on Saturday 28th October 10am to 4pm at the Burnham Museum.
We have been so lucky over the last couple of weeks, we've been able to interview a few more allotment holders and local residents - the've told us a wealth of information about the allotments. Their stories have been fascinating and a joy to listen to.
The group has spent some of our meet up time talking about the preview event which we've rearranged to take place on the 27th & 28th of October at Burnham museum. I don't want to give too much away but we are certainly planning to make the exhibition a little unusual and quirky.
At todays Heritage booklet meeting we all agreed, it suddenly all seems to be coming together!!! but remembering back to my essay writing days this is often the way, you seem to be 'walking through treacle' then all of a sudden it changes and you can breath a huge sigh of relief, it's starts getting easier.
On Wednesday we took a group from Action from carers for a 'Safari' around the allotments, unfortunately, it started spitting with rain as we left the Station House and it became heavier as we went on. We did get to see a few features: the lovely plot full of flowers as you go onto the site, Doug the Scarecrow who dresses according to the seasons and the bee hives to name a few.
Every cloud has a silver lining and we were able to head back to the Station house and tuck into the cream tea Triss had been preparing.
Just want to finish with a thank you to all the people who dropped into our tea n'talk event in the afternoon.
One interesting thing we did come across whilst over at the allotments was tomato plants with black fruit, amazing!!
People have been working on their own aspects of the booklet at home in their own time, with regular group get togethers. We meet on Friday and looked at the photos and pictures we have from the art workshops and old images that people have given to us. It wasn't easy but the group has decided on the art work for the front cover of the booklet. We all went away with activities to get on with and we will be getting together next Friday.
There was lots and lots of discussion around the contents of the front and back pages/colour schemes/fonts etc. Oh, and I forgot to mention, we kicked off the meeting with some delicious homegrown strawberries with cream.
The whole of Saturday was spent over at the allotments with Stuart (Sound Recordist) interviewing allotmenteers whose memories and interesting snippets will feed into the podcasts. These will be posted onto our website when the editing is complete.
We dreaded it might rain on the day and had a plan B in place - it didn't rain in fact the weather was absolutely glorious and lots of people volunteered to tell us about their experiences and the impact that having an allotment had made to them.
We were told so many stories, so it's hard to pick out what to write about here, but if I had to choose just one interesting thing, it's that many of the plots have been passed down through the generations. All in all the podcasts were a total success and a great day was had.