Last week Green Patch gardener Merle spent a morning with us preparing and priming wooden signs,
today she returned with her sister Mollie to paint designs on the signs.
Mollie told Michael, who was back to help dig in some plants in the very hard ground, about her son's adventures as an engine driver and promised to return with some photographs
The sisters are an inspiring pair, full of kindness, intriguing stories about their experiences, practical information, growing tips and a huge love of life.
If the morning had been relatively quiet, the afternoon was a whirl of people and activity!
We were joined by several new family groups,
some of our regular participants and four of our Light Walkers.
Two new Green Patch volunteers arrived with three broken wheelbarrows
which were up-cycled into planters
A gardeners' hands with beautiful Turkish rings!
There was a lovely atmosphere with small groups painting signs, making more bunting and trying out the wax resist paintings. Parents were able to relax and explore their creativity with their children out in the fresh air. The children went to visit the ducks and chickens, ran up and down taking away old cardboard boxes, washing brushes and everyone sat on chairs, floor or grass talking happily and helping each other.
Gillie and his brother made beautiful signs, one for the Bees
one for the tomatoes .
Through the wonders of Twitter the lovely Shena Cooper founder of the Secret Seed Society came to visit Lucy and the Green Patch Team. Here she is with Gillie and his completed sign. The Secret Seed Society "believe in engaging young children with the natural world, and understanding where their food comes from want all children to experience the magic of growing vegetables from seed, and making edible concoctions with what they grow." They produce lovely illustrated books featuring Rio Rocket, Carla Carrot, Chrissie Cress, Rudie Radish, and Mingo Mug that come with seeds to plant and are a wonderful introduction the the fabulous world of growing, they also have the Seed Agent Club and great growing and cooking tips of adults and children!