After the recent excitement of our new duck house and the installation of our stonebalancing sculptures (see our separate post) the focus has been on the Kitchen Garden, and getting out those last few annuals.
The Kitchen Garden continues to delight us, with lettuce, spinach, chard, onions, rhubarb (still), peas, courgettes, potatoes - and flowers. The latter have been astonishingly popular on our new produce trolley outside the cafe, where the day's harvest is available for a donation, and subject to availability. We've not been able to keep up with demand on some days!
Roger, our Head Gardener, is working on plans for a refresh of the Exedra Garden, where we're dealing with some short-term problems with the lavender. We'll be taking this area back to a more authentic look in 2018, so we're just working with our conservation expert Dr Cathryn Spence on the detail of the planting. In the meantime, we're plugging gaps with annuals and looking forward to some floral glamour!
We had a good day at the Stroud Show on Saturday, which started a bit wet, but picked up. There were magnificent machines, eyecatching fowl, stalls aplenty and plenty for children to enjoy. Next weekend we're taking a stand at the brand new community event Chalfest, in Chalford. It's all part of getting the word out there to those who live locally and may never have visited. We know they're missing out!
Friday brings the Handlebards Gents, who need little introduction as the country's first bicycle-powered theatre company. They've sold out, pretty much, so we're looking forward to a capacity crowd and a great night's entertainment. Next up on the theatre front are IK Productions, who are bringing us Alice in Wonderland and Three Men in a Boat in August. More details from the events page of our website.
And you've been following the progress of our ride-on mower... it's poorly yet again. Enough of mending and making do. We have to splash out and buy a new one. As a charity, that's ouch to us - but we have to do it. Keep an eye out for pics of it in future weeks - the team are excited!