Happy Halloween! We hope you all managed to get out and enjoy the fabulous golden October after the very soggy summer we've had.
We had a beautiful day for the Autumn Festival at the Eagle + Child - Thanks to everyone who helped prepare for the day, helped out on the day and those who turned up to support us and have some autumn fun and food.
It was a smaller event than our Apple Day of the last two years but like everywhere the harvest has been very poor this year and we felt we couldn’t celebrate our wonderful orchard apples in the same way this year. It just goes to demonstrate how vulnerable we are regarding food security.
Edible hanging baskets
A few weeks ago we made up some edible hanging baskets and they're looking pretty good outside the Vintage Café, the Police Station and the Eagle and Child.
Next year we're hoping to get ourselves organised, plant them up much earlier and have more of the Ramsbottom businesses displaying them. They smell amazing!
Putting the beds to bed
On the 10th of November a small working party will help prepare the beds for winter:
- the herb bed in Nuttall park
- the corner bed on Peel Brow
- the beds outside Hearth of the Ram
- and the beds infront of the fire station
If you'd like to support our fund raising, we have some lovely IER children calendars for sale at only £5.00 each - there's some great photos and some handy tips! Thanks to Anna for helping us out - http://ajmphotography.co.uk
Diary of a wildflower patch
The Rammy Community Wildflower Patch is still blooming, a recent visit saw the last of the sunflowers and an array of colourful, bee friendly flowers...
Joy has been busy mulching (Thank you to the very kind and friendly, neighbourhood tree surgeon > Martin Jones 07515 399851 < who provided us with lots of wood chippings) - Get in touch if you'd like to help out and follow her antics on twitter to keep up to date. Joy has also been cataloguing some of the beautiful flowers and herbs that have been growing using her 'incredible artist' skills, so check out her page to see that progress, and make sure you take a look at the photo gallery - loose yourself in our flower haven...
We’re really looking forward to the Incredible Ceilidh on the 17th of November at Buchanan Social Club. It should be even better than our last one (which was fabulous) as this time we have a live band ‘The Stepping Stones’ supporting caller Jean Seymour. Tickets are £10 per person which includes a potato pie or cheese and onion pie supper with catering by the award winning Eagle and Child.Vitality+, the Eagle & Child or Pam on 07946 270 467
Orchard Sunday is approaching! If you've not read Ians latest newsletter, remember "An orchard is for life, not just for harvest! - http://eepurl.com/rb0xP". This session should be especially rewarding as the focus is on planting a load of daffodils to bring some Spring cheer and bee-fuel for when the time comes - if you have any spare bulbs we'd love you to bring them along!
We hope you've been enjoying autumn as much as we have, try not to tidy your gardens up too much - insects and small mammals need places to hibernate and plants with seed heads will provide food for birds. We always get lots of goldfinches because we leave the evening primroses all through winter - there are benefits to being a lazy gardener :)
Hope to see you at one of our events soon, don't forget you can keep in touch via our website's forum, twitter or facebook and if you're really daring you could send us an email, call us or stop by at one of our regular activities and speak to us face to face :)
To see where we are and when, just click into the calendar at the top of the home page on our website.
Happy Growing and Eating
Lynn and the IER team