Sixteen people turned out for the first Guildford Outdoors activity. We canoed from Fishmarket Reserve to Ascot Kayak Club, where we all enjoyed a delicious breakfast from the Garvey Park Kiosk. Then we paddled home, with some wind against us, just to make sure we had a good workout!
It was great to see some new faces as well as the old, and it’s always good to enjoy the river early in the morning. It was too bad we were once again reminded of the impact of fishing line when we came across a duck with line and hook caught around its beak. Sadly, we were unable to catch the duck to help it.
Over breakfast we were rewarded with a sighting of one of the many river dolphins, making its way further upstream
The next Guildford Outdoors activity is actually an indoor event – Yoga with Adrian! This is on the 30th of March from 6.30pm – 8pm in the Mechanics Hall. Places are limited, so please register online via eventbrite.
After this class, our next event will be a leisurely bike ride around the river on the 10th of April. This is a lycra free bike ride. All fitness levels and ages welcome. Again, we’ll be stopping at Garvey park kiosk for some breakfast. We will meet at the Guildford Primary school at 8am. Look out for more details on our events in the Transition Town Guildford e-newsletter.
Yesterday we amused ourselves making everlasting “bombs”. Our recipe was 3 parts bentonite clay, 1 part sifted compost, a handful of organic fertiliser, a couple of handfuls of everlasting seeds (not just the seeds, these were spent flowerheads) and then water to taste! Just enough to make the mixture stick so that you could fashion balls out of the mixture. We made then about the size you would make rum balls! They are now left to dry and come May we will throw them into the mulch in our garden and wait for them to sprout. Here’s hoping!
Our verge group meets about every 3 weeks on the weekend and usually takes the form of some work on someone’s verge. The next session is on Sunday March 13th from 8-10am. We will be mulching a small verge in Bassendean. If you would like to attend please contact Pam on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trees planting four years ago by the Lower Helena Association in South Guildford
For Plastic Free July, Bolt Coffee ran a Bring One, Get One Tree initiative – for every reusable coffee cup that people used during the month of July, one coffee bean went into a, for every bean we plant a tree.
July is over and the jar has been counted…..we have ~100 seedlings from Men of the Trees to plant along the Helena River. The Lower Helena Association has kindly offered their planting site and excess holes and will be helping on the day.
So come join us for a celebratory final plant of the season, and enjoy a coffee at Bolt afterwards.
Please RSVP via Eventbrite so we know how many to expect.
Date: Saturday 29th August
When: 9:30 am till the trees are planted ~ 1 hr.
Meet: Bolt Coffee, rear of Men of the Trees (Lot 2 Stirling Crescent, Hazelmere)
Planting location: Helena foreshore behind Bolt.
What to bring: Friends and family
What to wear: Gardening clothes suitable for the weather on the day, closed in shoes/gumboots, gloves.