Christmas Fair December 2017

This year's fair was once again very successful. Many thanks to all the visitors who came, the great singers and musicians and of course to all the stall holders. 


Blog Three... Woofas

One of the most common questions we are asked is .....................................

"How have you managed to A) get your garden up and running and B) how do you manage to maintain it so " ?

And the answer is with WOOFAS ! 

Woofas come in all shapes and sizes, ages and standards. They are not to be confused with either WOOFER 1) = A loudspeaker that reproduces lower audio frequency sounds (although some do) nor with WOOFER 2)  = Unattractive female (no comment).

The woofas that we have and use are HELPERS that offer their services in exchange for their board and lodging.

Originally this work would have only been on organic farms (WOOF = World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) but now it could be anything. 

Although most helpers are probably in their twenties or late teens, often around university age, we have had helpers here well into their sixties and where they may lack agility they have had an abundance of wisdom and experience !!

Now with the internet the system works very well. We use two web sites, HelpX and WorkAway and hosts can see references from potential helpers and helpers can see references of potential hosts.

So, there's the answer to how we manage to keep the garden .... a lot of hard work and the help from a lot of woofas / helpers ...... of whom many become good friends. Many thanks to you all.

Below from the top:                                                                                    

Jess from California who liked climbing and here collecting oranges

Stu & Sharon from Cornwall, England who came with camper van, guitar and homemade beanies

Mike from North Carolina on top of the world (well Sierra Lujar 1880 m)

The helpers Totem Pole.


Blog Two... Art in the Garden

A very enjoyable day although we could have done with a few more 'artists' .  Perhaps people were worried about their competence but there was no need for this. Our painters from Saturday ranged from 12 to 80 + !!

This sketch above was quickly splashed down by our Brummie representative and below is the The Great Group Zentangle organised by Pernille (P).

This work was over 2 metres long and completed by everyone and anyone who was there. Basically just a GROUP DOODLE but incredibly dramatic. Many thanks to P and for her enthusiasm and for more information see her on FaceBook Pernille Christensen / PassionArt

And to illustrate the difficulty in assessing art (which reminds me of an essay I was asked to write back, way back, for my summer holiday homework in the early 70's, " What are the criteria for ' Goodness ' in Art ") see below a work by Jackson Pollock:

 ' No. 5, 1948 ' by Jackson Pollock and valued ........wait for it ....... at a mere £100 million + ..... Yes £100 MILLION    

 ' No. 5, 1948 ' by Jackson Pollock and valued ........wait for it ....... at a mere £100 million + ..... Yes £100 MILLION 


So, I think there is a potential artist in us all and meanwhile I'm going to search out my oils, my brushes and my canvases.