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By david


A couple of weeks ago, Weemamabell wrote to me, offering her surplus seeds to sell off cheaply on our plant stall at our forthcoming school Spring Fair (brilliant idea, and have asked around here for more). I replied, suggesting that we could, perhaps, collect them, which we did yesterday. I thought that I should dress appropriately for the occasion, and gave my GOY shirt its first airing. Armed with a map printed from, the kids and I made the 45-mile drive with only 1 wrong turning – not bad, eh? When we arrived, it was a case of “Laugh at first sight” as, when Weemamabell opened her door, she was also wearing her GOY shirt!

It was great to see Weemamabell’s baby geraniums, fish tank propagator, etc in “real life”. The children were fascinated by the blue and white “pirate” (for pirate read parrot, which is actually a budgerigar, lol!). It was bitterly cold outside, but that didn’t stop
them being in the garden, practising their football skills with Bea’s (Weemamabell’s dog) rugby ball. We ventured out bravely to check out the greenhouse, which is already in full swing, filled with rooted cuttings and seedlings, including strawberries in flower!! The greenhouse is insulated with bubble wrap (we managed to evict the children after the first “pop”). Weemamabell’s garden has many bird visitors. We did not get to see Woody Woodpecker, but we were delighted to have 2 magpies (2 for joy) land and explore the garden.

In addition to the seeds, Weemamabell gave us a Bizzy Lizzie and 2 geranium plants. Knowing now Weemamabell’s personal family history connection with the geranium, I feel deeply honoured to possess this. Thank you very much, Weemamabell, will keep one as it is and take cuttings from the other.

What a lovely way to pass a Saturday afternoon! it was great fun, and educational, too. many thanks to Eddy for the kids’ treats, sorry we missed you, apologies to son, James, for the noise, and looking forward to seeing you all in summer, for the walk along the river/canal.

David, James and Eilidh

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Its funny David I was just thinking last night wouldnt it be great if as many as poss could meet up from GOY during the summer for a wee get together and you could " slip a shrimp on the barbie" lol , you never know , you just never know where this will lead Dave !!
The first great gathering of GOY in Scotland ....and why not , bring it on !!

24 Feb, 2008


sounds like the two of you had a whale of a time, and david you certainly get about don't you. i think it's great, would love to meet up in the summer but live to far away, and brooke does'nt travel too well. but its great to hear about your experiences!

24 Feb, 2008


I think our fun days out are about to come to an end, Majeeka as, once March comes, we're going to be so busy getting our own plot in order. Made a serious effort today, however.

24 Feb, 2008

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