RUSHBEARING

The ritual of removing old rushes from the soil on the ground of an ancient church was something cathartic to local people. This performance dates back several hundreds of years, before the installation of pews in church halls in Victorian  times. The field workers many years previously would sythe by hand the rushes at the […]

Wild Walking

As the vertical path crumbled under the sole of my water-filled cavern of a walking boot, due to falling into the local brook, and despite lingering exhaustion due to late July heat, there were elberberries and a few blackberries erupting as I descended the route back via  The Bongs of Goostrey. One wet boot, one […]

Time still to prepare and sow

As the sunflowers show faces in our gardens with a smile and wave, I  felt a change of season coming and the breeze, wandered over for a catch-up this afternoon. I had missed the visit lengthily and hope he remains to refresh us all, our gardens and pets. It must be very gruelling for livestock […]

Legislation and Hedge Cutting

Now is the time to consider tackling unruly hedges and shrubs as the bird nesting season begins to waiver. Some breeds build their nests in domestic hedges and countryside hedge rows, and are protected by law please visit http://hedgeline.org.uk The WCA (Wildlife and Countryside Act) of 1981 stipulates that certain hedges and shrubs may only […]

Fine Beans

Dear readers, I  am ashamed to say that I opened a pack of Fine Beans today. There are more carbon footprints on that pack from Kenya, than Sir Somebody uh! Hum! Avoiding the Viruses by popping off in a custom-made flying machine. Can we grow fine beans, runner beans, broad beans here in Goostrey? Yes […]

Summertime Nature

The frogspawn hatched in Spring and afterwards, baby frogs gathered under my strawberry plants and ventured forth for a humid sunbathe last month, they were curious of their new life and glittering eyes could be spotted at twilight, not only in Goostrey but throughout our county. A chorus a tennors, one croak, two croaks and […]

A TASTE OF CROATIA – SOUTHEAST EUROPE

Croatia is a Central European and Mediterranean country, bordering Slovenia to the west, Hungary to the north, Serbia to the east and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the south; the country also has a long maritime border with Italy in the Adriatic Sea.Croatia has an unusual shape (similar to a croissant!) that is unlike any other […]

GARDENERS OF GOOSTREY PLEASE INSPIRE ME

  I gleaned beautiful insight into creating ideas for my cards. The most beautiful was a red poppy and I painted her in a yellow skirt, wearing wellies in a rainy puddle. Gardens are full of beauty and top-up our Mindfulness. Painting, drawing, writing and creating harmony. Has anyone a photo of a Clematis that […]

ONE-WAY STYSTEM AT MOUNT PLEASANT

The work on developing nine more park homes at Mount Pleasant Residential Park is steadily coming together. The former Bates family home was demolished in Spring, along with residents garages to make space for more homes of varying sizes, by Tingdene. It is thought that a one-way-system will be included to control the entrance and […]

Goostrey Nature

Bees, Butterflies and Bugs. Dear young people of the village please email lovegoostrey@gmail.com Your poems, photos and letters about why the village is so special. Check with a parent or guardian before sending. Sarah Sarah McNaught Managing Director www.lovegoostrey.com