One of our recent guests has written a lovely piece on how Noddfa came to be and our connection with food and protest. Check it out and let yourself get drawn into the rest of the Food Society blog: it’s a fascinating collection of articles on food production, security, and what they mean in the face of oncoming struggles
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!
Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to our crowdfunder. Thanks to you we were able to pay for our web hosting, buy a first aid kit, and sort out a few other things that we’ve desperately been needing. If you haven’t given yet and would like to- even £5 gives us a hand- you can donate through our Go Fund Me Page.
We official opened on 15th May and it was all hands on deck to get the place spruced up in time. One big improvement has been our living room, which was a sad salmon coloured space with no flow and too much furniture. With a lick of white paint (rescued from Aberystwyth dump), and an afternoon spent moving furniture around like one of those sliding puzzles, we’ve made a functional dining room with plenty of room for guests to eat, and a cosy living room space.
Out in the Noddfa Dawel garden baby steps have been taken towards the semi-edible cottage garden of our dreams. While the buttercup lawn we’re mulching over is beautiful, we’re replacing it with gorgeous flowing no dig beds that will support a mixture of pollinator friendly flowers and herbs for the table, so the overall result will be more biodiversity.
And finally, the Noddfa Dawel hotline is up and running! We’re on the Giffgaff network and you can reach us on 07724685897.
We hope to hear from you soon!
Wow, it feels like only yesterday I was moving in to the unloved shell of Noddfa Dawel, and now we’re nearly ready to open! We’ll be taking bookings for retreats from 15th May.
In the mean time- can you help us out with funding? We’re raising cash to help with set up and as a pool of available funds for those who can’t afford full price retreat. We’d love to raise £3,000 but any donation is greatly appreciated.
Click here to see our fundraising page!
Well, I’m off to enjoy the spring sunshine and sow some more seeds. Here’s to a beautiful year for Noddfa Dawel. Hope to see you on retreat soon.