Monday, March 31
This month's photographs are now on thew web site. Click here to visit to March diary. Larger versions of the photographs are at the bottom of the page. March has been a disappointing month really, cold, windy and wet although there have been some sunny intervals. The day when the photographs were taken was maybe one of the best days of the month, although. Although later in the afternoon we actually had thunder, lightning and hail. There is still evidence of crops which have overwintered especially leeks and brassicas. The fruit trees and bushes are starting to show signs that they will soon spring in to life and the daffodils are providing welcome splashes of colour. Although there is lots of activity with many hardy souls working through the driving rain, things are still behind where they were last year - although last year we had an exceptionally early spring and then things went downhill. Let's hope that this year's poor start means a good summer!
Friday, March 28
Also anyone out there who thinks that they could help by offering some manpower - especially bricklaying we would welcome you with open arms and also provide free publicity on our site and blog.
Thursday, March 27
Incredibly there are hundreds of varieties of rhubarb which originally was grown medicinally - we all know the effect of eating too much! The huge leaves of outdoor rhubarb not only provide ideal umbrellas but as they are toxic can be used as a pesticide. Apparently rhubarb is also good for cleaning burnt pans and colouring hair! If you want to read even more about our rhubarb heritage then click here to visit our web site.
Wednesday, March 26
The minutes of the meeting will be posted on the web site as soon as they become available.
The meeting was the last that Phil will attend as Association secretary so I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his work and the support that he has given to the Association over the last year. I hope that he will continue to be involved albeit in a less 'formal' capacity. Thanks also to the rest of the committee, Alastair, Jan, Martyn, Pat and Paul for their work over the last year and 'hopefully' their continued support. Last but certainly not least welcome to Clare who will join us as Association secretary as from 1 April.
Monday, March 24
Click here to visit our web site where another view of the site is posted.
Thursday, March 20
Wednesday, March 19
If you fancy having a go at a leek and potato soup (or Vichysoisse - if you prefer) then click here and have a go. Don't let those vegetables go to waste.
I now have some carrots and parsnips to use - so can feel another soup making session coming on.
Sunday, March 16
Monday, March 10
Tuesday, March 4
Also we need to provide a foundation on which to build as well as needing mortar to 'stick' the blocks together. I know all the technical terms! If anyone has any sand, cement or stones (is it called aggregate?) going cheap or even better going free then please get in touch by using the email link on the sidebar.
Monday, March 3
Sunday, March 2
Everything else has been flying this week too hasn't it. Here in Wakefield we have suffered from persistent gales - on the allotment site it's even blown our speed limit sign off its pole!
Chair - Sue (plot 41) nominated by Phil (plots 24 & 49) & Jan (plots 10, 11 & 12)
Secretary - Clare (plot 35) nominated by Martyn (plots 28, 29, 30 & 42) and Pat (plot 39b)
Treasurer - Martyn (plots 28, 29, 30 & 42) nominated by Phil (plots 24 & 49) and Jan (plots 10, 11 & 12)
Ex- Officio member Jan (plots 10, 11 & 12 & site secetary )
Alastair (plot 56)
Pat (plot 39b)
Paul (plots 57 & 58)
No-one else came forward for the committee and so these positions were also unopposed.
Phil (plots 24 & 49) resigned as secretary as he felt unable to give the role the time that he felt it deserved. Thanks to him for his support over the last year.
Thanks also to the rest of last year's committee for their support.
I'd also like to thank Jan for his tireless efforts as site secretary - this is often a thankless role where much is done out of sight of the rest of us to ensure the smooth running of the site. It is also one where the saying, "You can't please everyone runs true".
Sorry - this has ended up as an Oscars' speech but people do deserve to be thanked - and I haven't mentioned my dog so it isn't that bad!
Although the above form - if you like - the formal committee, I would welcome any volunteers who wish to play a role in the work of the committee as a co-opted member. As far as I am concerned - the more the merrier!
The above committee will be in position as from 1st April 2008.
At the moment Alastair is exploring options for a venue for the AGM (we feel that March is not a good time of year to hold an outdoor meeting!). The AGM will be held during the last week in March. When we have a venue the exact date will be set. It would be helpful if you could let me know of any dates which are difficult as it would be good to see as many as possible there.
We have achieved more than many people expected this year so let's surprise everyone again next year.