Monday, 23 December 2013

The first Winter Solstice in Bedford Wood

Last Saturday was the Winter Solstice and we held our first winter gathering in the wood. The rain and the gales did not stop us, although we could not light the two campfires and chimenea. The composting loo was dug out at the entrance to the wood
with lights leading down to the lorry, and beyond that the christmas tree and tent, which we have now affectionly named "the sardine tin"
The food and drink were laid out in the tent, and decorations
There was Sloe gin for the people who drank alcohol, and ginger drinks for those who didn't, also various soft drinks for the kids.
The patchwork hares made an excellent back drop to the food table on which was mainly vegan delights with a few vegetarian options and a few meat trays brought by family and friends. We roasted the chestnuts in the house as we could not light the firepit, but they seem to go down just as well.
The wishing bunting was made from strips of material in red, gold and green. We also had the Bedford Wood Little Library, where people could take books, to either keep return or swap.
 The lorrys woodburner was blazing away making the lorry a place for people to warm up and escape the gales. I managed to take these photos just before the torches were spotted along the lanes carried by family, friends and neighbours. Everyone clammed into the tent and lorry with standing room only, but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.So I would just like to wish everyone Solstice Greetings, and now that the days will be getting longer we look forward to the Summer Solstice.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Red skies at night

Once again last night the sky was filled with the most amazing hues, we have been truly blessed with the morning and evening colours lighting up the skies recently.There are some photos taken in Bedford Wood yesterday evening.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

The Christmas tree has been planted

This morning with the help of my neighbours Howard and Gayle we dug up the Christmas tree, and it now sits in the wood already for the Solstice. Isn't it lovely?  The two hundred canes are in now all placed waiting for the big planting.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Mild misty December mornings

November mornings brought red glorious skies but so far December has brought only mist. The weather is so mild for this time of year, and with only nineteen days to go until the Solstice and the promise of longer days its hard to believe winter is almost here. The hazy sun is trying its hardest to break out.
I have decided to put an arch over the gate at the end of the wood where the sloe hedge will grow. At the other side I am adding a folly doorway in the hedge, and maybe a few steps down onto the bridge. I have not sourced another long plank yet but hopefully it will be all ready by the Summer Solstice.

I spend yesterday afternoon making tree guards for the last few trees without them out of chicken wire. The total tree count to date is 39, without facturing in the holly bush, conifers, berry bushes etc. Today I am going to mow the winding path around the outside of the wood sow we can plant the trees around it.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Fagin -the sit on mower

After a few minor adjustments to the sit on mower and trickle charging the battery it is now up and running, and the wood has had its first cut. I have called the mower Fagin, as I started out with full pockets and after all that jiggling I ended up with empty ones! It was so easy to use and go in between the arches too. I am very pleased.
I also planted two new trees an oak and a horse chestnut which were given to me by a friend. The
 horse chestnut was grown from a conker by Sunny her daughter who was three at the time, now fifteen. Now she can come and watch it grow tall in Bedford Wood. Thank you x