As I sit here writing this, the drizzle lashing against my window, it feels more like November than August, which is a stark change from July which felt more like Cyprus than Ceredigion. Like most people in the UK, we too were caught in the claws of the long hot drought, and now with a strange and early taste of winter in the air, I have to say I miss it! Just like anywhere else, time at Noddfa Dawel marches on, and so it’s time to show the world what we’ve been up to.
The garden mostly survived the heat due to a healthy soil and lots of attention, and continues to provide us with fresh greens daily. We had a great sugar snap pea crop, and now are moving into the time of year post-Lammas when all good things start to ripen- home grown cucumbers, sweetcorn, courgettes, and tomatoes have all started to grace our plates, with squash not far behind.
Guests have been coming in from all walks of life, with a social worker, a herbalist, an artist, and a writer all coming through our doors this month. It looks like word is starting to get out thanks to press releases sent earlier in the year to groups like Sisters Uncut. We also took fliers to Green Gathering festival, sent them out to radical bookshops across the country, and have given them to friends to take to Earth First Summer Gathering. Speaking of fliers, have you seen them?
These babies were designed by Ru and lovingly risograph printed on recycled paper by the fabulous Footprint Cooperative. From start to finish the crew at Footprint were beyond helpful and fantastic to work with. Check them out if you need printed materials, especially if you’re looking for something different.
If you know a space that could harbour a few and help us spread the word- please let us know and we’ll send them straight out.
Our guestbook is starting to fill up with notes of gratitude, with many remarking on the nurturing atmosphere and it’s got us thinking- what makes a space nurturing? How can we create spaces where people feel safe to be themselves? For us it’s about a space with no judgement. Eat as much or as little as you like. Get up when you feel like it. Dress how you want. Don’t feel that you have to justify your day or your life to anyone.
What would you add to this?
see you in Autumn!