Breathing Spaces in February

Posted on 30 January 2021

“Where would we be without flowers and trees, they lift the soul.” Dorothy.
We agree whole-heartedly with Dorothy, but it is February and it can seem a bit bleak and bare outside.

Certainly our ‘farm’ flowers are nowhere in sight, especially because we don’t use any additional heat in the polytunnel to force them into blooming this early. Winter flowers are around, understated but beautiful close-up and often luxuriously fragrant (see our Winter Blooms feature http://www.breathingspaces.co/blog).

If you are thinking of gifting some February Floral Love, please remember that many Valentines bunches this month have got an un-romantic carbon footprint, either from air-miles or heating or both. As an alternative you could ask for British sustainably grown flowers. There are commercial growers in Cornwall, Lincolnshire and our very own West Sussex Alstroemeria specialist, Crosslands Nursery, with lots of delightful options. Other artisan growers will have beautiful dried flowers from the summer (not the ones that are sprayed and dyed!). And if you can wait for warmer weather, we still have a couple of subscriptions available for our seasonal flowers and could even rustle up a gift voucher if required!

February/March is the end of the best planting time for new trees – the planet desperately needs more trees and so do we for our health and wellbeing. South Downs National Park Association is kindly gifting us some hedgerow saplings for the site in Sompting where we pick our wildflowers. We want to enable people to plant these with us but obviously that hasn’t been possible in the last couple of months.  With careful management we believe it is a fairly low risk activity, outdoors in a large space, but we are waiting until the Covid infection rates fall further. If you are interested in helping please let us know and we will be in touch in due course. Hopefully it won’t have to just be the two of us putting 200 saplings in the ground! We will register the planting with Countryfile’s excellent “Plant Britain” campaign, which you can also join in by planting a tree at home or at a community space. https://www.plantbritain.co.uk

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Great to have stuff to harvest at the allotment today and so thrilled that we actually managed to grow some decent sized broccoli and cauli this year - a first!! Thanks to Andy, Dimitri, Tracey and Alfie for coming to help plant and weed today.

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Another glorious afternoon at the allotment on Saturday - its all so abundant!

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Richard Battson and Merry Curd, who have been TTW members since we began, have a delightful, tranquil little urban wood in the heart of Broadwater. They would very much like others to benefit from its peace and beauty, so we wondered whether anyone would be interested in forming a little Friends Group to enjoy this lovely space and help with maintenance - which is pretty minimal, as its a rewilded space so just needs a bit of tweaking when things get a bit rampant!

If anyone is interested in visiting to take a look before committing to anything, please contact Richard or Merry on 01903 231706.

Richard Battson and Merry Curd, who have been TTW members since we began, have a delightful, tranquil little urban wood in the heart of Broadwater. They would very much like others to benefit from its peace and beauty, so we wondered whether anyone would be interested in forming a little Friends Group to enjoy this lovely space and help with maintenance - which is pretty minimal, as it's a rewilded space so just needs a bit of tweaking when things get a bit rampant!

If anyone is interested in visiting to take a look before committing to anything, please contact Richard or Merry on 01903 231706.
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Michael Little

Ever since I found out that earthworms have taste buds all over the delicate pink strings of their bodies, I pause dropping apple peels into the compost bin, imagine the dark, writhing ecstasy, the sweetness of apples permeating their pores. I offer beets and parsley, avocado, and melon, the feathery tops of carrots.

I’d always thought theirs a menial life, eyeless and hidden, almost vulgar—though now, it seems, they bear a pleasure so sublime, so decadent, I want to contribute however I can, forgetting, a moment, my place on the menu.

Feeding the Worms by Danusha Laméris
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Very busy day yesterday at the Repair Cafe, huge thanks to all our wonderful volunteers and those who chose to repair rather than bin stuff. 

36 repairs brought in and we managed to fix a lot of them. Sadly there are always some that cant be mended as they are designed not to be repairable - either almost impossible to dismantle or put back together again, or spare parts unavailable. The right to repair law leaves a lot still to be desired (see https://www.wired.co.uk/article/right-to-repair-uk)

Very busy day yesterday at the Repair Cafe, huge thanks to all our wonderful volunteers and those who chose to repair rather than bin stuff.

36 repairs brought in and we managed to fix a lot of them. Sadly there are always some that can't be mended as they are designed not to be repairable - either almost impossible to dismantle or put back together again, or spare parts unavailable. The right to repair law leaves a lot still to be desired (see www.wired.co.uk/article/right-to-repair-uk)
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We're so pleased our clock is back in working order. Probably such a simple fix for you guys, but meant a lot to me. Thank you again!! 😊

My toaster is now working a treat! Fabulous place, thank you!!!

Such a great concept and community to be part of. When we get to where we're going, we'll have to start one of our own 😊

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