Monday, 18 February 2013


by Lyn Hastie
Blueskin Garden Club members met on 17 February at the old stables building at Seacliff Hospital.  Daphne, our President, had lots of old photos on display and gave an interesting talk on the past at the hospital.  Hundreds of patients lived there, many for a good part of their lives, and their days included tending large flower and vegetable gardens, hens, pigs, milking cows, laundry work, etc.  We also looked at the old laundry (no automatics in those days), kitchen and butchery, blacksmith shop, workshop and fire station, to name but a few.  Thank you Daphne for your time and efforts to entertain us all.  A big thank you also to the folk who reside there now for making us so welcome. Good luck on all the restoration and work you have ahead of you.

On Thursday 7 March club members will travel over the hill to Long Beach.  We will meet at 6:00pm for a shared tea, and then go for a walk around this lovely area to see what our fellow clubbies are up to in their special spot.  For further details check club emails.  On 13 April lots of us will be at Bland Park for Blueskin on Show.  As you will know, we have the 'Spud in a Container' competition well under way. Thanks to the 50 or so spud buyers who are taking part, and also to the Blueskin Nursery for stocking the spuds and bags -- more details to follow re the weigh-in, etc.  We will also be having a fun area where you can make a scarecrow.  We have all been collecting the requirements to make the scarecrows but if you would like to bring along your own bits and pieces that is fine. Please remember: we are trying to make them with as many recycled pre-loved clothes, etc. as possible.  After a few years' absence we will be having competitions for fruit, vegetables, preserves, pickles, jams, etc. as well as some baking. There will be a flower section as well. See the Blueskin on Show page for more info.  Looking forward to a great community day. Any queries to Daphne 482 2428 or Lyn 482 2896.

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