Stories from our isolation bubbles

In these confusing and rapidly changing times that we are experiencing, all of us here at the Fringe Project felt it was really important to keep in contact. To kick this off, Matt sent round an email to our volunteers asking them to send in their antidotes, stories and photos of what they have been up to during this time so that we could share them.

Thanks to everyone that sent their stories and piccies to us. In fact, our main picture for this blog was created by Keith using the tools that can be found around in his man shed. Keith can usually be found happily putting up kissing gates, fencing, cattle corrals and brushcutting paths when he is out with us. However, we are seeing another light to him in this great photo.

Another one of our regular volunteers, Bob who can be seen regularly walking around Whitlingham Country Park with his dog, sent in some photos that he took while out and about there. He noticed that the park volunteers had recently finished off some hedgelaying work along the lane and was able to admire the flowering of blackthorn springing to life. At home Bob recently made a new stand for some of the sticks he has been making. The stand was made from a salvaged drawer from an old chest et voila! Upcycling and recycling, way to go Bob and thank you for your photos.

Spring cleaning taken to new heights.

Meanwhile somewhere in Norwich another couple of our volunteers were busy doing some spring cleaning up a ladder. Krissie with Lorna’s help (next door neighbour) decided to put some window boxes up on the top windows. No worries there, until Krissie spotted that the gutters needed a good clearing out. So, a ladder was propped up against their shared porch roof and then Krissie had a light bulb moment. Why not use her Henry Hoover to really get into those dirty areas of the guttering? Hence this funny photo was captured. Thanks for the smiles and laughter ladies. I am sure those gutters are sparkling clean now.

Fireman Chris when not seen pushing a mower, brushcutting or keeping an expert eye on our bonfires can be found happily pottering around in some vegetable beds. His photos show that the bed with the tall stalky things are 3 varieties of onions and some garlic, the bed against the wall, has 2 rows of parsnips and 1 row of carrots (another row of carrots will be sowed in about 4-6 weeks’ time), the bed with beads are lime granules for broccoli, pots in the  greenhouse – beetroot, tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes broccoli and the odd herb. Looking forward to any extra parsnips that may drift my way and into my cooking pot Chris as the last lot, made a fantastic soup. Thanks for the mouth-watering photos.

In my neck of the woods, I have been busy cleaning up our hedgehog house and feeding box for the return of one of our nightly hedgehog visitors from the PACT Animal Sanctuary near Hingham. Last year we saw a very small hedgehog wandering around our garden at lunchtime looking for food and water. It was quickly bundled up and transported to PACT for rescuing and overwintered there along with other rescued hedgehogs. Ian and I named the little one Wibbly and last week I received a call from PACT that Wibbly was ready to be picked up. Off I dashed and when I arrived, I was handed back 2 boxes, one containing Wibbly and another one containing a male which I called Spare. Both were released into the garden at dusk and happily shuffled their way into my ferns before disappearing somewhere else that night. I would like to think that they are hunkering down in one of my wood piles but can’t say for sure. I do know that the food we leave out each night is eaten, and the bowl licked clean.