Friday, April 03, 2009

It must be Spring

I've had a massive (that's Maaaaaaasive) clearout of the shed and it's now, for the moment, relatively tidy. Much of the clearout consisted of piles of pots which I put there as a temporary measure when we moved house two & a half years ago. The rule of thumb is now that black pots live at the allotment and others live at home.

I also managed the first BBQ of the year, on the old BBQ which I've brought from home and which will henceforth live at the allotment. Two Moroccan lamb burgers (spicy!!), tomato & onions maketh a happy, and fat, gardener. Then the kettle went on and boiled on the embers ; what economy!

As for plants, there are only the lovage and rhubarb to speak of and they're both going great guns.


Nutty Gnome said...

Woah, impressive tidying - do you fancy tackling my shed?!

Must remember to get some lovage! The other stuff I planted (see previous post comments for my list!) is just begining to show the merest signs of life.

How goes the wedding preps?

Woody Wilbury said...

Thanks but I'll pass on that kind offer to tidy your shed; one is quite enough!

Massive push on outfits this weekend. All done; me, Wilma & Daughter. Crikey! Expected much more rending of teeth and gnashing of undergarments.

All other preps in hand. They're getting married at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) of which he and I are Fellows (by dint of being Churchill Fellows), just off the Strand. It's v smart.

Nutty Gnome said...

Cor - that sounds dead posh!
How did you get to be a Churchill Fellow then?

Woody Wilbury said...

The short & glib answer is that I applied! Approx 100 Churchill Fellowships are awarded every year, to enable recipients to travel abroad in furtherance of a topic of study. The categories change every year. Mine was in the category of history and was to follow in the footsteps of David Douglas, across North America and Canada to his death and grave in Hawaii. I was away for 8 weeks altogether in 2001, funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

My son was awarded a Fellowship in 2008 and went to the USA & Japan.

Have a look at for the latest position. And all Churchill fellows can also become Fellows of the RSA and put FRSA after their names. It's worth keeping an eye on the Churchill website if you have a particular interest you'd like to take further; if it fits in the categories and you can be a good ambassador for your subject and the UK it's worth having a go.