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2/9/10 - The Chiefs Blog
2nd September 2010
Since I have been designated chief “blogger” I suppose I had
better get writing!
I have been off the island again this time to a family wedding in the south
Having slept in 5 different beds over the course of a week I was glad to
get home to my own bed! (And before anyone starts spreading rumours –
yes, I was on my own in the beds!)
While I was away I missed the AGM of the Trust, which I understand was a
pleasant and positive meeting. Since there were not enough candidates to
fill the vacant positions on the board I find myself back on the board without
an election. And by now I expect most of you have heard that I am also the
chairperson. Since I came home I have been very busy catching up with everything
that has gone on since I came off the board last year. The difficult bit
is that I don’t know which week I am in! I don’t think I have
actually missed any appointments or meetings yet.
I’m just checking up in my diary to see what has been going since
I last wrote.
July of course was a very wet month. August was better. The weather seemed
to improve the minute the children went back to school! The school are getting
a new car park at the back which means there will be less congestion in
front of the shop during school time. Most of the children are now coming
to school on their bicycles since the school car has been stopped; (One
of the council cutbacks). At the moment they go to the front gate of the
school and as some of them are new to cycling and quite young without a
lot of road sense it would be good for those coming from the ferry and going
to the ferry take extra care at school time. The children start school at
9am and finish at 3pm.When the car park is finished they will be going to
it. There is also an extension to the playground beside the park. With so
many children in the school now they need the extra space.
The raft race was at the end of July. Not a particularly nice day but the
folk on the rafts didn’t care as they were getting wet anyhow. There
has been a report elsewhere about it so won’t write anymore except
to say that I was lucky enough to win some clams in the raffle and everyone
seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The next week I won a huge hamper of goodies in a raffle! It came in very
handy as my son and daughter-in-law were visiting that weekend. The village
hall committee were having a soup and filled roll lunch to raise funds for
the hall. They made an excellent job of it. Thank you and well done. I was
very disappointed not to win anything in the next raffle!!
We are still having our church services in the hall or the hotel. The work
on the roof is finished but the painters still have a bit too do and then
of course there will be a big clean up. We hope to be back in the church
on 12th September. This week we are having a Fete or “Fayre”
in the manse garden. The forecast is for good weather and we hope lots of
people come to that.
The fruit harvest has started here. The manse apples are ready also the
plums in Achamore gardens and there are loads of brambles and rowans. I
have been busy making jelly. It is very pleasant out in the sunshine picking
brambles. I haven’t started on the plums yet.
In my garden I have a pink Hebe which is full of flowers at the moment.
The butterflies and bees are loving it. There seems to me to have been fewer
red admirals this year but more peacock butterflies, and there have definitely
been less cabbage whites. I have had excellent vegetables this year with
very few caterpillars on the cabbages and broccoli and no carrot fly. Some
one told me that growing pot marigolds beside the carrots would keep away
the fly and it worked and you get a bonus of all those orange flowers. My
leeks are doing reasonably well! How are all those other GLUG members doing?