Unfortunately, I had a seasonal cold last week and consequently missed making rocket stoves on Tuesday and painting a shed on Thursday.
Friday morning I was back at Bedford Fields and planted raspberries bushes and moved some vigorous Creeping Jenny. In the afternoon, I was back at the Rosebank. Having dug the trenches last week for the willows, this week we discovered that the willows were half the size of our trenches which caused a few little problems. Lesson learnt – better communication required, plus assessing the whole project (i.e. checking size of willows first), rather than only focusing on actions required (i.e. digging trenches). Nonetheless, in the process of digging trenches we did find a lot of interesting things. The area we were digging used to be terraced housing, but was bombed during WW2. It appears we uncovered the coal room of the house as we found several pieces of coal, as well as tiles, and huge slabs of stone which we thought might have been used to cut meat on. We ended up filling the trenches back in with as much soil as we could find and planting the willows whips.
After that, we played a game. The young people were initially reluctant to learn a different game, but it ended up working well and involved them using different senses. A circle is made using bags, coats, etc, or can be made by the staff standing in a circle. Inside the circle, are all the people that are playing. One person is blind-folded. They have to try and catch the other people inside the circle by moving around. The people who are not blind-folded have to move around to avoid being caught. How you choose to avoid being caught is up to you. You can be loud or quiet, be still or move around. Once you’ve been caught, you form part of the circle. The last person to be caught is the winner. It was interesting watch them learn the game and discover new techniques and way or catching/avoid being caught. As always, it was also interesting observing how those that are most confident and outgoing when they have their sight, are not always the most confident when this is taken away from them.