Newcastle Council has funded us for another Place-making event and we are being a bit more ambitious. So far everything is falling into place - now it all depends on the weather, have enough people decided they will come, and no problems on the day. This is strictly Seat-of-the-pants flying. Planning and extensive promoting can't predict attendance and whether we will we create a warm feeling and an attachment to our space by more people in the Mayfield area? I had a dream about it the other night and Facebooked a precis. Lots of people in the garden, a three-seater leather lounge in solitary splendour with nobody sitting on it, an amazing pergola area surrounded by marvellously flowering shrubs, veggies in profusion in the garden beds - and the church building painted green with hippy flowers all over it ???!! What was that about??? Anyway, waking up was a warm, calm feeling so I'm claiming it as a vision not a nightmare - more exclamation marks as follows!!!!!!
One of our big self-seeded pumpkins is an entrant in the Newcastle Regional Show in the Community Garden's section, category Heaviest Pumpkin. Told the people setting up the benches that it was a "Cucurbita composta variety Biggus", meaning we wouldn't have a clue about its parentage. It polished up nicely, lovely green and orange mottled skin, is a very even shape on all axes and should produce a lot of soup and scones. Maybe even it will win - but do we care?? It will be our Cinderella's pumpkin for the 24th.