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Donner und Blitzen (again)

Donner und Blitzen (again)

On Sunday 25th May I came to Wooplaw to help complete a Wildflower Counts Survey, this is part of a national survey of plants in the UK (see Plantlifes website for more info) On my arrival it was torrential rain with thunder, this seems to be a common theme and it is suggested perhaps this [...]

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Today somewhere among the mists a group of hardy people started our annual willow harvest. The weather had been fine recently and we’d even got the first pussy willows blossoming. In Edinburgh the willow trees were all covered so we’re a week or two behind.           I think everyone came back [...]

Ready to go

Ready to go

Ready for Sunday at TVFF on Peebles Green as well as NaiLit. Come along and have a go with it and cut a slice off a log. The saw was made especially for us last week in Sheffield. Conkers on Saturday and we’re making a coracle which some unsuspecting soul is testing in the Tweed [...]

Nearly ready

Dave did the work

And I tested it! Here’s the sawhorse for the Tweed Valley Forest Festival under construction. Mkll with larger holes than the first model. Dave did the boring bit and I was type cast for the shapely legs bit. Tested with a log as a rather high bench. We’ve ordered a new  two person saw so [...]

Plantlife walk

On Sunday we managed a great walk, partly in the rain to see what would be involved if we took on a Plantlife square or two. Basically we’ll need to record whether we find 99 different plants and then see how they change over the years. Ali Murfitt came and showed us what to do [...]

Getting ready for the TVFF

Getting ready for the TVFF

Here’s the big saw with new Wooplaw Ash handles. Emma Chapman let us have two which her parents had for years. The woodworms had been enjoying the handles though. The new ones came from the big ash bough which fell near the path from the carpark to the cabin. Ready for the new Scottish Log [...]

Is it Summer?

Is it Summer?

The weather seems to think so and so do the cherry trees at Gullet Wood. Tasty too after the photo was taken. The fruit trees planted by the Galashiels Rotary Club seem to be thriving although a bit young yet for fruit. There’s a lovely new Rowan tree planted down near the roundhouse so quite [...]

Inviting.

Just right

Bill Hogarth has been around and done the second strimming of the year and the paths really are inviting just now. The three marked trails have all been cut and it’s great getting around them. The millions of tadpoles have turned into millions of little frogs so watch as you walk near axehead pond. Here’s [...]

Sausage Sizzle

Sausage Sizzle

Many thanks for the use of the wood last night a great night was had by all. “As another year draws to a close at Lauderdale Scout Group, we decided to have a family “sausage sizzle” at Wooplaw, the evening weather was kind, although the midges were out in force. We took full use of [...]

Guides’ Award Evening

Guides’ Award Evening

Baden-Powell Challenge Award Lara Gueldner, Cara Smith, Isabella Timmins, Gemma Stoddart & Lauren Thomson who are members of the 1st Galashiels Guide Unit, were presented with their Baden-Powell Challenge Award on Monday 10th June 2013, by Gail Fox, County Commissioner  for Tweed Valley, at a special evening BBQ held Wooplaw Woods, near Galashiels, attended by [...]