‘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.

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'

The belly of our clay oven fills many!

We have come from throwing lime into the mixer to kneading dough and sharing pizza, cooked in our clay oven. We celebrated the lighting of the oven with friends, toasting ‘To the oven and her makers’, and then just yesterday to D’Arcys first pizza.  It was great.

Crafted by Michael and friends, the making of the oven has involved many who have come to share their time and skills with us at Pouquelaie Vinery and I know she (she must be a she) will attract more with what she offers from her lovely lime belly.

 The inners of her belly, filling the bellies of many!

WildGuernsey Hegderow basket features on BBC Countryfile programme

Last night, after feeding the woodburner old greenhouse wood, cleared to make way for our new Eco-campsite pitches,  I sat down to watch the BBC Countryfile programme to find my hedgerow basket under the arm of James Wong.  The feature was on Hedge Veg stalls and trading surplus produce with fellow people in your community and my basket was the vessel which was being taken around and filled with asparagus, lemons and local produce.  Friends of ours Marcus and  Blaze Barnes traded their mayan lemons (the same species that we have in our greenhouse that we traded off Marcus 4 years ago) and eggs for lobster and crab with his brothers.  He did say that he got the better end of the deal!  The idea of sharing surplus with others and hedge veg stalls are two things I get quite excited about.  We give a map to people staying at our eco-campsite so that they can forage the hedge stalls for themselves.  Also as part of ‘friends of WildGuernsey’ we have set up a trading of surplus produce scheme.  It has always been the way of people in Guernsey and a close community and something we’d like to be part of WildGuernsey.

From Countryfile: Guernsey’s Hedge Veg

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00xy80l

With its warm waters and sunny climate the island of Guernsey in the English Channel has always been a good place to grow food and collect seafood. James Wong discovers how islanders grow their own fruit, vegetables and flowers and then sell them from small wooden stalls outside their homes. Buyers leave money in home made ‘honesty boxes’ – a tradition that goes back many years. James gathers the fruit and vegetables he needs for a beautiful meal and is then shown the secrets of how to collect shellfish from the ocean floor.

See this link for a project that young people are doing in Guernsey for their business idea ‘Young Enterprise help to keep a tradition alive’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/guernsey/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_9198000/9198777.stm

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