Ive been absolutely loving this sunny weather we're having, really makes my placement much more enjoyable as i'm pretty much always working outdoors! This week i've been here there and everywhere, starting to help on some new projects and carrying on the progress of others!
But I've also begun work with my fellow colleague here at placement, Ray. I've been able to learn lots of new things working with him and enjoy some new experiences. Ive been getting involved with some mosaicing, as you can see from the picture on the left. This is up at Alexandra Grove, creating mosaics of the Leeds fed housing association logo to put around their housing areas. The mosaics bring the places to life, adding a really nice splash of colour and brightening up the area a little. Apparently there has been alot of good feedback on these and the locals really love them. Below is the finished product of the one that I created just yesterday.
I have also decided to start working back at a project I mentioned in my first ever blog, up at the Forest Garden. The gardens looking a lot more accomplished than when I last visited, and with this sun that we're having, working there has been alot more enjoyable!
My aim this week is to try and take some more pictures for you all so you can really see what I've been up to! But for now I'll have to love you and leave you to go and do some cooking with young people out in this awesome weather! Keeping my fingers crossed for weather like this all summer :)
I've now officially settled nice and comfortably into life at Hyde Park Source. It's been a very busy few weeks for me, with a lot more manual labour than this girly girl is used to (as you can see from the photo above) , however extremely enjoyable! Things are going well across the board project-wise, but the biggest achievement of this week has been up at Cross Green - Growing Together project. We managed to build, paint and fill two new, large raised beds in just a few hours. Thanks to excellent team work and a few cups of tea and biscuits to keep us going!
Looking forward to going back next week and carrying on the work, hopefully we'll achieve even more than this week, the photo below showing exactly what we created! Just a quick update this time, the next will be along soon :)
This week has been the schools Easter holidays, therefore things at Hyde Park Source have been a bit hectic with new Easter projects running alongside normal routine as good as we possibly could handle. Not forgetting aswell as trying to settle me in as comfortably as possible which I personally feel has been successful.
This week has been interesting for me so far,just one week in and I have learnt so much! From how to use a hammer and nails properly to eating leaves that taste of lemon in the forest garden.
One of the projects I've been working on, carrying on from Becky (Becky's Blog) was with the Rosebank Rangers. My inner handy-woman skills making an appearance. This week I worked with a few children, nailing matting down to protect the plants (as seen in the picture, starring me on the right hand side), and also extending the steps up onto the rosebank. It was slightly windy and a bit nippy on the fingertips but I think the warm soup and crumble provided made up for that. The children were enthusiastic and keen to get stuck in, and i think they really enjoyed using the tools and hearing about all the different types of trees and plants that were planted on the Rosebank already (as was I).
I have also had a little involvement up at Poplar Gate, helping out cutting down trees, weeding and generally tidying up the area in preperation for some flower beds. Although there were only three of us working on that this week, we are hoping to get some involvement from the surrounding community, as it is located right in the middle of a housing estate where lots young people live. So far we've had alot of interest and support from the locals about what we are upto and what we will be doing with the space. We also helped out one man with cutting down a tree in his own garden that he's been meaning to cut down for years (not part of the job, but every little helps haha).
All in all I've had a really enjoyable first week at Hyde Park Source, the team have made me feel extremely welcome and involved and I am sure that i will thoroughly enjoy my placement for the next 10 weeks.