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A HUGE vote of thanks to Hazel

13 January 2018 17:35:39
summer memory

summer memory

Scrubber is just back from Johnstown. I wonder was he the first home? And would again like to thank hazel for all the work put in this year and in years past, in order to make such memorable get togethers. Its all the more necessary to say so now as she has laid down that particular burden (Though she never called it that!) and very quickly and generously Terri and a slightly surprised Alan, volunteered. Hazel can leave her post knowing it is in good hands!

We had a lovely day. Scrubber arrived about twelve when the swop was over but generous friends ensured he did not leave emptyhanded, In then to Moya and Joan who effortlessly managed the intricacies of Kriskindle ensuring that nobody received their own gift! Mary and Lynda organised the raffle and Hazel won a subscription to the magazine while others won very generous vouchers. Icidentally we all got the 20% sale reduction on purchases thanks to Jim. The meal was served to us and we had the opportunity of a great chat and get together. The Kristkindle as usual provoked lots of OOHs and AAhs of appreciation and Joan is set for a great years digging with her new spade. Many of the items were ingenious and showed what an inventive and surprising crowd we can be!

Then it was time to prowl the aisles and spot the newest acquisitions in the display beds outside. There was one particular orchid a particularly virulent shade of blue that even the orchid queen herself, Rachel, admitted was horrendous-apparently it was dyed and whatever beauty it had died with it! But of course there were so many wonderful plants. A feathery mahonia caught Scrubbers eye and Brid brought off a fine witch- hazel. Joan was seen carrying a very nice acer towards the desk. When Scrubber got to the desk he remembered he had not paid for his meal so a dash back and honour was saved!

So many people travelled from far away places and everybody seemed in excellent spirits. It was great to see Fran looking so well and we do hope that Margot's back rights itself. How she made it there was a miracle in itself.

There is a chance of a meet up in early Summer if enough people are interested but today's event was indeed a meeting of like minds and as said above ,hugely enjoyable and appreciated. Many thanks again Hazel and thank you and good luck to the incoming organisers Terri and Alan!


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Jacinta D Jacinta D 13 January 2018 18:05:53

Sounds like everyone had a great day, Peter. 


Joann Joann 13 January 2018 18:41:41

A lovely day meeting up with old (not ancient) and new gardening buddies, well summed up by our own Scrubber. What a shame Laetita and Mickaleen couldnt make it, lets hope they make it to our Ratoath get together!!!


Dick Dick 13 January 2018 19:38:04

Glad to know that you enjoyed the day. What a blessing that things like snow or fog did not interfere. I was hoping to get a bit done in the garden but the rain was a spoilsport at least here in Carlow.


JoanG JoanG 13 January 2018 19:53:35

Well said Peter, and lovely to see your good self there too; Johnstown wouldn't be the same without you, whether accompanied by Laetitia or not.  Thank you Hazel for a splendid day, great to meet up with everyone. 


Myrtle Myrtle 13 January 2018 20:20:57

Great to see you Peter, it was a very enjoyable day


Periwinkle Periwinkle 13 January 2018 20:30:11

It really was a great day Peter! Gardening has a great way of growing  friendshifriendships! 


Lìga Lìga 13 January 2018 20:32:18

It was great to see you Peter,and thanks for so nice kris-kindle.Now i'm looking for miniature water plants to fill it up :) 

Check out my journal,i posted link to todays photos.

Talk soon!


Scrubber Scrubber 13 January 2018 21:10:46

So glad you were pleased Liga. Anna, my wife chose it! Dorothy and Myrtle so good to see you. Yes Joan we did have a lovely day.Thank you Dick. That rain was nasty. Joann Ill ask them-praps!!! Only thing Missing Jacinta was your good self!


MargieD MargieD 14 January 2018 13:30:19

What a perfect desecription of the day Peter. It was lovely to meet up again. We were blessed the dreaded rain held off.  Johnstown Garden Centre is always great for a meet up. (for plants and food)

Together with your post and Liga and Joans photos we have a lovely account of the day saved here.

Am looking forward to our next get together already!

 


TerriShoos TerriShoos 14 January 2018 16:34:43

We were very blessed with the weather (and the company), we even had a dry drive home!  I'm off to visit my family in the UK next week but it'll be straight on with the next Gathering when I get back. Meanwhile we were so inspired by all you lovely gardeners that we were out planting and weeding this morning before the rain came in. 


Jackie Jackie 14 January 2018 18:24:58

Lovely to see you again Peter and looking so well. It was a terrific day with great friends and great craic too. I did miss Laetitia and Mickaleen but no harm they took a break and gave you time to relax and enjoy the day. Hope to see you again real soon!


PeterW PeterW 14 January 2018 21:30:24

Lovely description of the day Peter and I have no doubt the get-together in the summer will be a huge success


Moya Moya 15 January 2018 00:57:51

Thank you Scrubber for describing the day so eloquently. i thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Roll on the next get together. 


Scrubber Scrubber 16 January 2018 19:05:41

Indeed Moya-great to see you. Thank you Peter. You were missed. Yes Jackie I did enjoy my 'retirement'!Have a lovely visit Terri.Thank you margie the photos from Liga were class!


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