Wonderful morning - great weather, enthusiastic company and genial hosts. What more could any gardener ask?
On a standard house block, the garden has been carefully packed in. So many plants are growing in above-ground beds, in the ground, in wicking beds and in the aquaponics grow beds, never mind the chooks and the worms! Oh and did I mention Bobby? He's the guardian of it all, small in stature but big on enthusiasm. I neglected to take his photo, so if he's reading this ... ;-)
Aquaponics and Worms:
The three hens in their compact, shaded and beautifully decorated Cluckingham Palace with different levels and a cool opening coop complete with cabaret glitter ball:
There was a very good rollup, one of our best keen to see the real-life situation of one of BLFs most frequent contributors.
And the 'bring a plate' food ... as always a varied selection. This time we had 2 cheese-maker's samples. Thank you Andy and Margaret: scrumptious beyond drooling! And for those of us who sampled Andy's 2 liqueurs, what can I say? Quite a kick for such innocuous-looking liquids.
There was freshly-made sandwiches, home-baked cakes, home-grown dips. Our host had to tear us away from the food to look at the garden ... and this was a garden visit rather than a nosh-up.
Since it's close to Halloween, the garden reflected the hosts keenness on appropriate decorations. A selection ...
Andy and Roz - you've done yourselves proud ... the McDowall Manor City Farm is a credit to your ingenuity, hard work and a zest for living.
Thank you both for having us over.
So sorry I couldn't make it, was soooooooo looking forward to seeing McDowall Manor. Photos are great but not as good as it would have been had I seen it in person.
Just tee up a visit sometime Cheryl. You know me, I love showing off.
Thanks Andy, I will keep you to that promise when things settle at home
Thanks for such a wonderful report Elaine. Nice work - can't wait to show Rozie.
Terrific report Elaine :) Thank you so much to Andy and Roz for a wonderful GV. So much fitted in to such a small(ish) space. Love the chicken run. I'll load my one photo that I managed to take before the camera batteries ran flat! in the morning.
Cheers Lissa. I feel like it wasn't that long ago (the day of the cheese making demo we went to) that I had so little in the yard. BLF has been quite an inspiration.
Definately. The first time I saw your garden on that day, it was neat and tidy, but held none of the wonderful things you now produce. The chickens, the aquaponics etc. Your garden has come a long way in a short time.
That was a concrete statue minus a leg! The real Bobby is kinda greyish with a soft shaggy coat.
Hahahahahaha! BLF gold!!!!!!!!
Thanks Andy and Roz for hosting this visit, and Elaine for the report ~
Andy fit a lot into his space, and there's plenty of space saving ideas, like the pallet vertical garden! Love the chook run too :) My picky eater (son) also enjoyed the food there, especially the cheese :)