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Urmston Scarecrow Festival 2018 (15 – 29 Sept)

Each year (middle of September), everyone in Urmston is invited to create a Scarecrow, for public display!  (It is organised by the Facebook Group: Urmston Partnership).

Anyone can enter…..you just have to notify the Facebook group to make sure your entry is listed for ‘the World to see’….and maybe win a prize!   (but I don’t suppose it really matters if you don’t).

Its a fun thing to do for everyone, especially during the August bank holiday weekend!

This year we decided to make a fisherman.  My friend gave me her Uncles boat when he passed away, hoping we could make use of it.  I am pleased to say it has come in very useful as a boat and thought we would now show it off in the Scarecrow Festival.  I’ve sent her a postcard with it on as a nice memory for her too.  Hopefully it made people smile as they walked the dogs (and children) on the meadows!  This was displayed in our garden, and could be seen from the meadows (enter at the corner of Southgate/ Riverside Drive….on the left approx. 200 metres down the path).

Happy Scarecrow Festival!

 

 

 

International Women’s Day (8 March)

So, today I am quietly celebrating International Women’s Day …….in my own garden for a change!

It is a day for Inspiration and Change!

Today has given me time to reflect on my own actual achievements’, in particular my own gardening business.  Life is never easy, but I do believe you have to have a dream, to ever be able to achieve anything outside your own comfort zone!  So go ahead…pick your dream, and take action today….no matter how big or small….start putting the steps in place TODAY and you’re well-on your way to achieving your dream!

I didn’t start my own business until late-on in my career, when I suddenly decided I needed a career change, and quick! (I am a little impulsive like that!)  It was the best decision I have ever made!  I now have a successful business, I’ve featured in The Sun newspaper, had a scarecrow replica made of me (Thanks Val!), and featured in an AXA Insurance advert!  It has been so much more than “just a Dream” so far.  However, I have to say, I could not have done it without the help and support from my husband Dave!  So even on this special day for women, I would like to share my success in ‘equal parity’ with my amazing husband (the Boiler Man @ G20 Gas Services)!

Happy International Women’s Day everyone xx

 

Community Advent Calendar (01 Dec 2017- 05 Jan 2018)

Each December, a group of people in Urmston will volunteer to decorate a window for each day of Advent (via the Facebook Group: Urmston Partnership).

It’s quite a fun thing to do, so I try to participate each year (with some help from my super-human hubster!).

So, on the 1st of December someone will decorate (and reveal) their window decoration.  The same on the 2nd December ….and so-on, until the 24th December.  The decorations remain up until 5th January, so that if you wanted a nice family walk over the Christmas period, its a fun thing to do.

This year, we made a Christmas tree using pallets and added a bauble each day of Advent, which listed the address of the advent window revealed for that day.  This was displayed in our garden, and could be seen from the meadows (enter at the corner of Southgate/ Riverside Drive….on the left approx. 200 metres down the path).

Hope it brightens up your walk on the meadows :o).

Merry Christmas!

Urmston Scarecrow Festival (16-30 Sept 2017)

Each year (middle of September), everyone in Urmston is invited to create a Scarecrow, for public display!  (It is organised by the Facebook Group: Urmston Partnership).

Anyone can enter…..you just have to notify the Facebook group to make sure your entry is listed for ‘the World to see’….and maybe win a prize!   (but I don’t suppose it really matters if you don’t).

Its a fun thing to do for everyone, especially during the August bank holiday weekend!

This year we were struggling for time, but we still managed to cobble-one-together quite quickly……a pole dancing fairy!  (sorry!……it was all we could come up with at the time in a rush!).  Still, at least we made an effort, and hopefully it made people smile as they walked the dogs on the meadows!  This was displayed in our garden, and could be seen from the meadows (enter at the corner of Southgate/ Riverside Drive….on the left approx. 200 metres down the path).

Happy Scarecrow Festival!


WINNER! Urmston Scarecrow Festival (Sept 2016)


 

 

 

 

Each year (middle of September), everyone in Urmston is invited to create a Scarecrow, for public display!  (It is organised by the Facebook Group: Urmston Partnership).

Anyone can enter and it’s a fun thing to do, especially during the August bank holiday weekend!

This year my friend at FREDS (ie the clothes shop in Urmston) thought it would be funny to make a scarecrow of the Garden Girl!   ME!   Wow!  What an amazing effort.  The resemblance was uncanny ….we could have been twins!….and best of all….it WON 1st prize!

It was left at the front of my house with a wheelbarrow, all planted up with pansies, as a surprise while I was out.  It was so realistic that passers-by were shouting “Hi Gaynor!”.  They thought I was being rude when I didn’t reply.  Even the window cleaners tried to have a chat with her.  It was so funny.


 

 

 

Well done Valerie Tinker!  You’re the best Scarecrow-maker in town!

Happy Scarecrow Festival!