‘Friends of WildGuernsey’ Solstice Gathering

The invite (http://wildguernsey.wordpress.com/about-us/friends-of-wildguernsey/) read “A fire to gather around and to encourage the sun to shine on the crops after its zenith.  Celebrated at a slack time between sowing and haymaking, not that we are making hay, but a great time to get together anyhow and take in the heat of the sun at its peak and the fire as it falls. Bring a log/driftwood and any finger food or drink to share.  We’ll provide hot drinks, Kelp Krisps and a sweet treat. Emma from BeInspired will give a free yoga session….” and our Friends came.  Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

The first of many ‘Friends’ gatherings, bringing like-minded people together, benefitting from fairshare and getting involved in ‘workbee’days.

Ducklings, Dads and Sundowners.

Friends have joined us, from their boat in Turkey (http://www.sundowner2.com/) to help on the land.  They have become part of the WildGuernsey family, as have 9 ducklings and 3 lambs so far.  Dennis (left) and sandra (right) have given so much to the land with their energy and creative ideas for all our reclaimed bits’n’pieces.  The smell of resin as they have worked with old wood, dumped from a church, has added incense to the air for days.

It is a little late for lambs but our son Hugo (making it D’Arcys first Fathers day too) has something to do with that as he was born when the ram was due to visit, resulting in a delay in courtship!

 

 

Pootle and Ponder are also Dads, fitting since it is father’s day today.  Hugo leans over the cardboard box and stares at the ducklings as they flit from water to crumbs and respond to my attempts of duck talk.

Happy Fathers Day to my dad too as he continues to help us find our feet for the WildCamping season.  I bought him a T-shirt not long ago with ‘Growing Together’ on it and a photo of the greenhouses.  He teaches Me to Grow in more ways than simply  to grow tomatoes.  Thanks Dad.

WildGuernsey gets another Guardian mention!!

We featured again for a new place for 2011  http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/jun/13/uk-whats-new-holidays-accommodation?INTCMP=SRCH mentioning Eco-friendly activities including sea foraging, beach-craft and herbal balm making. And you can even hire your own chicken coop. Clucktastic!

Bargain family summer holidays

See here http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/jun/18/bargain-family-summer-holidays?INTCMP=SRCH for an article featuring WildGuernsey.

A Dragonfly or Fairy?

Pausing to answer the phone by my newly evolving edible pond, where you can eat all the plants and use the medicinally or for baskets extra, I saw a Dragonfly.  This may not seem such an unusal thing for some, but it marks a milestone for me.  When I started on my pond design, linking in what multiple functions this one element of a pond could have http://www.permaculture.org.uk/principle/8-integrate-rather-segregate to provide an integrated system, I hoped Dragonflies would come and share the water and their time with us. Such a stunning insect which caught my eye as it darted close to the greenhouse and above the pond, just like I imagine a fairy, or Pouque (local for small folk) would. They only survive a few weeks, which makes them even more special http://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/content/biology-ecology. Magical.

Tread carefully, camping lightly.

We got a mention in The Independent today in their midweek travel section.  Quite a big step forward for us as we quietly evolve during June to accept people to stay Wildcamping  http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/a-perfect-pitch-for-campers-2291372.html. Let’s hope it can attract folk to the ever increasing community of like-minded  people on the Island.  We have had a number of journalists up to the land to have a chat about foraging and Wildcamping.  Today, Ursula visited from Radio Osterreich (http://oe1.orf.at) with a camera man, covering sustainable options in Guernsey.  She loved the views and felt herself, a consiousness of living lightly with the earth.

'Green Guernsey'

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