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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.

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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.

And just when you thought you could not add anymore, you find another nook where something grows...

You got Bobby Elaine in the very first picture contributinting to the fertility of the garden....

That was a concrete statue minus a leg! The real Bobby is kinda greyish with a soft shaggy coat.

Lol ok maybe I do need those reading glasses...

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 :)


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