Under another cloudless blue sky, Roaming braved the heat. Luckily there was a gentle breeze in the allotment and a carefully constructed tent-like shaded area for chilling.
We started , as is our habit with a hot drink, freshly picked mint for tea chosen by some of us. The weeds have grown well despite the dry dusty conditions. Between the weeds there are flowers vegetables and strawberries. Clad with gloves, hats and forks some of us begin on the big weed! Most of the thistles and rosebay willow herb come up roots and all before setting seed so that is very satisfying.
Runner and french beans were helped to climb bamboo sticks by gently twisting them anticlockwise. Someone discovered rows of onions and shallots, another found kale cabbage and kohlrabi and someone else found a row of dwarf french beans and planted a couple of rows of mange tout peas with a netting triangle over them to give support and protect the young plants from birds.
After lunch of hummus wraps with the additions allotment grown lettuce and dill we continued. Two people planted three rows of leeks. First we watered the ground as the earth was dusty and sandlike.The seedlings, which were well watered were removed from the modules and roots teased out. Holes were dibbed and each leek was twirled into each hole ensuring the roots were not touched and completely immersed in the hole afterwhich they were watered in generously. Someone else picked a goodly amount of strawberries which were divided up between us. Another person picked marigolds, sweetpeas and cosmos for colour and fragrance to take home.
Altogether a productive day.
We have just completed another 2 week residency at Redwing Gallery that was timed to correspond with Penzance's Golowan Festival and Mazey Day. It's really good for us as a group to have so many consecutive days to meet together and we followed the same pattern as our last residency whereby we made collaborative works. Two people worked on a painting to completion, which celebrates traditional methods of farming and was influenced by a painting by Breugel. Other made a start on 2 more paintings, which will be continued over Thursdays to come. On Mazey Day we were open for members of the public to join us making creatures, in solidarity with the Golowan theme 'All Creatures Great and Small'.
One of our group spent the fortnight constructing a 'tree of life' from recycled materials, which others joined in decorating with leaves and some creatures. Sadly this had to be dismantled due to its proportions but its creator donned a costume from a previous performance and carried it on his head up and down Wood Street as a final parting gesture.
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Now that lockdown is at last gradually lifting, we're looking back on the past year with a sense of achievement and a committment to a future together. Even when we couldn't meet, Roamers stayed in touch by way of our post card project (details here) -- we've posted most the them here. We shared paintings and drawings and photographs from Toby, Suzi, Jon and Not Just Any Girl. Keep an eye out for a new video soon with more details.
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Roaming's official goal is "to carry on creative activities that benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) people who find themselves in some way disadvantaged, excluded or vulnerable." Our values are really our common ground: confidentiality, integrity, fairness, respect for the values and culture of others, the withholding of judgement, inclusivity, flexibility, and equity in relationships. "