Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Last night amidst all the Christmas carols and mince pies, our choir sang Senzeni Na? to honour Nelson Mandela. We've performed this before as South African songs are a rich seam which we exploit with great passion and enjoyment.
The title's translation is What Have We Done? It's traditionally sung at funerals and is a protest song, so it's a fitting tribute.
The picture is from the opening ceremony at the Special Olympics in Dublin in 2003 which were opened by Nelson Mandela. He's a tiny dot because I was perched right at the top of the stadium. It was emotional to be in the presence of such a great man. You can read my account of that time here.
Monday, 9 December 2013
The nation's gardeners await with anticipation. I hope it's worth it!
Starts tonight on BBC2 at 7.00pm - every weekday evening this week + week beginning 6th January 2014 for another week. Full episode synopsis here.
Thought for the day: Interesting to see a TV trailer also published on YouTube...
Update 10th December: Last night's programme looks like it's been well received - I'll be catching up today as I was at choir last night.
NB The schedule has been altered slightly with no progamme tonight or tomorrow and a subsequent extension into week beginning 13th January. The above link has been updated to reflect this, so is worth keeping an eye on for any future changes.
Friday, 6 December 2013
I'm delighted Joanna Dobson from Incredible Edible Todmorden is writing a guest post for Veg Plotting. You may remember I've mentioned this amazing project before, especially when I've written about public planting. I've enthused so much about what's happening in Yorkshire, even NAH knows what I'm talking about! *
So I'm thrilled Joanna has offered to write a blog post, which will appear here in the New Year; it'll be great to have an injection of inspiration in the post Yuletide slump ;)
So why am I telling you this now?
I noticed from the links Joanna sent me that she's written a book about the project (along with her partner Julian), called Incredible! Plant Veg, Grow a Revolution and is seeking funds via Kickstarter in order to get it published. It needs £10,000 for them to do a 'proper job' of the publishing process and to finance the first print run. When I last looked (on December 5th), they'd raised £7,843.
The fund raising period closes on December 12th (next Thursday), so time is of the essence and that's why I've written today's post. I hope you'll join me in helping with the final push to get Incredible Edible's story out there. There aren't that many projects which have international inspiration as a claim to fame.
The pictures for this post are courtesy and copyright Joanna Dobson. They illustrate a post called Hope: an update on Joanna's own blog. The wonderful plaques shown at the top of this post were made by Linda Reith.
Update: I'm pleased to report the fund raising target was reached on Monday evening. Thanks to everyone who donated or spread the word as a result of reading this post or my tweets :)
* = though seeing Michael Portillo visit it on one of his Great British Railway Journeys in 2010 may have helped a smidgen ;)
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
If the embedded video above doesn't work, click on this link instead.
There's been much comment this week on the viability of Amazon using drones for delivery purposes. If and when that happens is still some time away.
Last week I had the privilege of seeing the results of a drone actually in action at the GMG Awards. It introduces the romantic gardens at the fairytale Château du Rivau* in the Loire region of France.
Sit back and enjoy both a birds-eye and visitor level view of this garden; it gives such a different perspective on the provision of garden information. Later on at the Awards, Dr Hessayon** spoke about the need for conventional garden media to become more inventive; to be something which can't be found via Google. I think the bar has just been set particularly high for those writing about or photographing gardens.
My thanks to garden owner and designer Patricia Laigneau for letting me use this video. She simply showed me this on her iPad last week and I was blown away by what I saw. What a wonderful way to introduce me to her chateau and garden.
Drones are relatively inexpensive and used for a wide variety of interesting applications such as aerial surveys of archaeological sites and historic monuments. I sense there's a great business opportunity here, not only for garden owners, but also for garden and landscape designers to add this perspective to their design portfolios. Also, the RHS have already made 360 degree views available for the show gardens at Chelsea, how about using this for the entire show?
* = Click on the EN in the top right hand corner if you need an English translation
** = yes, THE Dr Hessayon :)