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Nothing is so beautiful as spring ..."  

Gerard Manley Hopkins in his poem, ‘Spring’.

 

Spring 2019

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“Nothing is so beautiful as spring…” according to Gerard Manley Hopkins in his poem, ‘Spring’.

Do you agree? Autumn in the Southern Highlands vies for top place in my opinion.
The first signs of Spring are here with prunus trees blossoming and scattering swirls of petals beneath their branches.


LOOKING BACK
Winter has been a busy time for many volunteers. It is very encouraging to note that our paths have been completed, the table and benches look great under the pergola and the tank is connected to the roof. 
A series of generous monetary donations and many volunteer hours have been given to these projects. A big thank you to everyone who has been involved in making these projects a reality.
We would like to publicly acknowledge Steve Shepherd of Highlands Sand and Gravel who graciously organized for donations of road base and crushed granite for building the paths. Ray Meyer organised for metal edging at a competitive price.
Ben and Peter of the Bowral Mens’ Shed saved us considerable cost by sourcing recycled second-hand hardwood timber for the table and benches.
Our next challenge is to complete building the garden beds and to begin planting them up before SpringFest. So, let me encourage you all to continue to help where you can with the extra working bees needed to achieve these tasks.
We are grateful recipients of a certificate of entitlement for a grant of $3,900 towards a shade house with benches from the Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Community Assistance Scheme. I received notification today that the shade house is ready for delivery as soon as we pay for it.


Our Bee Hotel Workshop, August 18, was a great event. Peter Nolan generated much enthusiasm and excitement and those who attended were very appreciative of the opportunity to make a little bee hotel. Several of our visitors want to be kept informed of upcoming events or want to become a volunteer. 
We have decided to convene another Bee Hotel Workshop, September 15, so that the folk who missed out last time will be able to make a bee hotel too. There may be a couple of places still available, so contact me if you would like to come along.


We have been able to contribute a small amount of winter vegetables to Oz Harvest and to the food pantry at the Uniting Church. Warmer weather should increase our ability to provide some fresh produce to those who need a leg up.


LOOKING AHEAD


September
Sunday 8th Robertson Market (10am-2pm)
Sunday 15th Bee Hotel Workshop (10am – midday)


October
Sunday 13th Robertson Market (10am-2pm)
Sunday 27th SpringFest 2019 (9am – 2pm)


November
Sunday 10th Robertson Market (10am-2pm)
Sunday 17th Working bee in the garden


For those of you who don’t know, Michael Hyland, our garden manager, holds a stall at the Robertson Market once a month, unless otherwise indicated, and the proceeds go towards the operating expenses for our community garden.

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