Owena kindly hosted our recent User Group meeting at Baulcombes Barn on 23 November 2016. After a wild few days of lot of rain and wind, we were lucky to have good weather for it. Owena had a fire going outside, with chairs around for everyone to sit down.
We had representatives from Bluebell House and St Nicholas Day Centre. All in all, there were fourteen of us.
Owena and Sue from Bluebell showed us the chickens, and we fed them. They are moulting at the moment so not laying eggs. Some of the fully grown grey ones had grown up from being the newborn chicks featured in a video we'd made a few months ago! Owena explained about how the hen house door comes up in the morning and shuts at dusk, to keep the hens safe from foxes.
We went to see the two weaners (pigs) as well and fed them apples and hay. They were burrowing in the mud with their snouts and larking about. They seemed very happy.
Then Owena took the group for a walk to see the sheep, whilst I put the kettle on, heated up some of Owena's delicious sausages and cut some homemade lemon cake up.
The group returned for a hot drinks and something to eat, and a chat about various things, including what would be a good small memento of the the project. The group felt they'd like a key-ring best of all, with a photo of the allotment on it. I will look into this.
Sue stayed behind to help me to clear up the cups and plates, then headed back to Bluebell House.
It was a lovely morning.
Thank you Owena
Emma Chaplin, Project Manager