Volunteers are pleased to announce the relaunch of our monthly newsletter
Whilst we might not be out volunteering in the way we usually are, The
Conservation Volunteers have been working hard behind the scenes and we
want to share that information with you.
This week we will be relaunching our monthly Greenzine, an opportunity
for us to share wonderful stories about our volunteers, fantastic new
partnership opportunities, as well as some of our favourite bits of
content from the past month, be it books, TV shows, radio shows,
anything at all!
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We hope that you're enjoying the sunshine wherever you are and that you
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From the TCV team.
images included in this edition of Greenzine were taken prior to
COVID-19 social distancing measures being enforced.
I decided to have a go in the kitchen with the encouragement of Carolyn (not
that I need it). The result is a steamed pudding. I'll leave you to guess what sort it is.
Needless to say the ingredients pushes the calories per ounce meter up the
chart, you would need you to do 50 trips up Jarn Mound to burn it off per portion! It didn't take long to make with the help of a pressure cooker (I don't trust
those things! ever since I saw one in my childhood memory with these welded
metal clamps on, to keep what seemed like the pressure at 10 tons per square
inch, with a jet of super heated steam shooting out of the valve and taking the
paint off the wall). Anyway, the end product was edible and lasted me (Carolyn resisted a
second helping, more for me!) a few days but I don't think it would travel
well to a GG Coffee Break. -Kevin
Sally arranged another virtual Saturday morning tea break for the Green Gym, at 11am when we would normally be halfway through our work session! Another good attendance as the photo below illustrates. We aim to hold another in two weeks on the 6th June.
This may possibly be my last contribution about housework to
the GG blog. The reason is that I am
spending so much time doing it and writing my new book on the subject that I
have time for little else.
Two recent purchases have made a huge difference. The first
is something I mentioned in my last contribution, namely the wonderful Dyson cordless hoover. I no
longer feel the dread of getting my ankles entangled with cables and do not
need to tie myself to the banister rail when doing the stairs any more. The
new machine – we call her ‘Donna’ because we ‘donna know what we’d do without
her’ has rapidly become a much loved member of the family so much so that we
are contemplating taking out formal adoption papers.
The other purchase to which I alluded above was a pair of
large size marigold gloves. Earlier I was using other pairs that were around
the house but they were all medium or even small size. The trouble with them
was that, while I could put the medium size ones on, it took me half an hour to
get them off. I had to peel them off and when i finally managed to do it, the
fingers were inside out and it took me another half hour to pull each one out.
The new large ones have solved all those problems. They slip on and off with
ease and are such a delight to wear that I tend to keep them on all day.
Even with Donna and the marigolds there are still hazards to
be overcome but one by one we are finding solutions, all of which will be
included in the book. Occasionally it is necessary to get down on all fours, to
do some serious scrubbing for example. The hazard here is the risk of getting
what is commonly called Housemaids Knee, henceforth to be known as
Housepersons Knee. My answer to this is to place ones knees in a small, padded
trolley about one foot square with furniture castors on the underside. A
battery powered version is being developed.
When my book is published I will naturally give a
complementary signed copy to all gymmers.
This June, join thousands of people taking part in our annual nature challenge, 30 Days Wild! We want you to do one wild thing a day throughout the whole month: for your health, wellbeing and for the planet. That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.
You’ll get a free, downloadable pack of goodies to help you plan your wild month, plus lots of ideas to inspire you to stay wild all throughout June (and beyond!). For extra ‘bonus’ items, keep an eye on your emails for additional, fun activities, from instructions for baking hedgehog cupcakes to a beginner’s guide to wildlife photography.
To get involved, just tell us who’s taking part. If you are a childminder and want to take part with your children - the schools pack will be best suited to you.
Thought it was about time to give you a robin update, 5 beautiful babies hatched and have already fledged, I thought they were a bit enthusiastic!
I have not set eyes on any of them since they left the shed apart for the poor little one that didn't make the first night out in the big world. I opened the shed one morning and was rather startled to see 2 little robins in front of me. By the time I had popped back indoors to get my camera they had disappeared. I assumed they had flown off because I couldn't see them and I'd left the door open. When I went to put my bike away after work I spotted them in the bottom of a bucket which was standing in the shed. I led it on the side and one rapidly left, the other is the one in the photo and that one stayed around for several more days but wasn't very active. I didn't see it leave but it has disappeared.
I told you about the knitting craze last time so photos are of the growing pile of hats and outfits for newborns.
When Boris said I could travel somewhere to exercise I chose a favourite place of mine on the Thames and could not resist having a go at the HB! It is surprisingly satisfying.
Millie & Lottie collected some sticks when out on a walk this week and after painting made a rainbow picture. Millie is enjoying a lockdown 5th birthday today!
Looking forward to seeing you all Zooming on 23rd.
Today we held our first virtual Saturday morning coffee break via Zoom! A total of fourteen members participated at 11am, including Victor out in Madrid with cameo appearances from his children. It was great to catch up while we are unable to hold our usual Green Gym work parties and we plan to make this a more regular occurrence. The next one has been scheduled for 23rd May! See you there? -Andrew
I returned home last week after we completed our project on the ship, rather quickly due to the almost perfect weather conditions. Unfortunately my return coincided with the deteriorating weather and heavy rain! Now I am waiting to see when I might get sent away next, which is most likely to be towards the end of the month, providing that I avoid the current round of redundancies that is happening. On a happier note, myself and Joanna unleashed our music upon the world on Friday (via Spotify, Apple music, Amazon etc) and got played on BBC Radio 6 Music last night! Being broadcast on national radio was a distant dream when we first discussed our eccentric musical project, but somehow it happened. You can catch up with the show - Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone, on BBC Sounds for the next month via this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hvxn Our track (Vanishing Faces - Mushroom Song) starts at around the 18 minute mark. Happy Listening! -Andrew