Two Days In One

Friday, August 18th 2017

Yesterday Foxglove and the rest of the camp had a planned power cut. Our initial panic that we wouldn’t be able to make coffee was dismissed by Elizabeth pointing out that we had a gas cooker (why didn’t we think of this?!). With this important issue sorted, all was well and we headed out into the woodland to get on with a variety of tasks. With no power there was no point wondering whether we had any new emails to reply to or anything indoors to do so we made good progress. First we popped some small silver birch trees on the heath to make some wooden pegs.

This served a double purpose as they needed removing anyway to prevent them encroaching on the heath.

The pegs were used on the green route to peg down the new logs that we were using to edge the path. Some of the marker posts had become loose and were also stabilised.

Terry and Yvonne spent some time taking photographs and got this lovely Brimstone butterfly on a Betony flower.

Today the usual Friday jobs were done. Colin filled the feeders ready for the weekend and the net rides were given a final check over.

The reserve managers attended the funeral of Bryan Thwaites, a dedicated Foxglove Tuesday volunteer who sadly died earlier this month. His cheerful nature and shorts and wellies regardless of the weather will be missed and remembered here. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.


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