Dawn on Lindow Moss

Dawn Walk 30 July 2016

All who rose early on Saturday morning to experience dawn breaking on the Moss were not disappointed!  We started out at 4.30am in darkness and made our way around Black Lake, across Lindow Common, Newgate Lane and onto the Moss in time to experience an atmospheric sunrise with mists hanging low over the peat bog.

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Along the way we stopped to hear readings about the landscape now and in the past.  One of the guests on the walk was Rick Turner, a leading figure with the British Museum on the exhumation, examination and preservation of the body of Lindow Man.  Rick gave a reading that he had been inspired to compose – a diary entry as if it had been written in 1st Century AD by this bog man in his last hours leading up to being sacrificed at first light.   This focused our thoughts as a bouquet of flowers from the bog was laid on the water in commemoration of Lindow Man.

Transition Wilmslow has another Moss walk planned for 17 September 2016  – at the more reasonable hour of 10am!  See our Diary Page for this and other events.

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Join us for some interesting events!

Transition Wilmslow have planned some really interesting and unusual events during the summer and into the autumn!

  • See us at the Wilmslow Show, find out more about Lindow Moss: 10 July 2016

  • Atmospheric Dawn Walk on the Moss: 30 July 2016

  • A walk on ‘the other side’ of the Moss: 17 September 2016

  • A food foraging day with expert James Wood –  a wild food experimentalist: 8 October 2016

  • The first Transition Wilmslow Lecture: 10 October 2016

All the details of these events are on our ‘diary’ page HERE

 

Transitioners Down Under!

News from a Wilmslow Transitioner now living in Western Australia

Living smart

Transition is really taking off in Australia.  Of course they have very similar problems to those in the UK but there are some stark differences too:

  • the weather – it’s a lot hotter and good for generating solar power
  • there’s a lot less water – months of no rain and bush fire problems
  • the soils here, particularly here in Western Australia are very poor, in fact Perth is really one big sand dune
  • it’s BIG so things are very spread out and people drive a lot more

The Living Smart Programme

The whole idea started out in Fremantle 2002.

The Living Smart course is a 7 week affair (3 hours every Tuesday evening) consisting of ten key modules:  Water     Power    Waste    Simple Living    Gardening for Food     Transport   Healthy You    Gardening for Biodiversity   Healthy Homes    Community

It’s about training people to understand what can make the difference to living sustainably. Importantly, it includes behavioural change techniques that provide participants with the skills and knowledge to take action in their own homes to improve their quality of life and reduce their environmental impact – so critical to getting more of what people learn in the course implemented.  See more at the Living Smart Website

Here is Marianne’s account of one of the sessions.

Tonight we did a great ice breaker – called “Sustainability Bingo” where we had to find people who did something in each of the categories (these were things like “use your own shopping bags” “cycle to work or shops” “drive a small economical car” etc.).  Then we were asked in small groups to declare why we were there (and write it down) and then assess which things individuals in the group had in common.  This was followed by an interesting discussion about behavioural change and how important goal setting is (a way of talking to your subconscious as well as a way of recognising and breaking down barriers to change).  The course involved being very hands on with lots of activities, tonight mostly focused on what we wanted to know, why we were interested and the behavioural change stuff.

We hope to bring you more news from Marianne soon.

Job Done at the Community Garden

Seedling Swap at The Temp Community Garden 14 May 2016

Thanks to all who took part – seedling swappers, raised bed diggers, veggie planters, cake makers, fire makers, composting gurus and all those who just came along to have a look and a chat!

Please come along to the event next year.  Or if you would like to lend a hand looking after the vegetables seedlings we have planted this year do please contact us transitionwilmslow@gmail.com

BEFORE PLANTING

BEFORE PLANTING

PREPARATION

PREPARATION

WILLING HELPERS

WILLING HELPERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOUNGEST HELPER!

YOUNGEST HELPER!

SWAPPING SEEDLINGS

SWAPPING SEEDLINGS

 

TALKING COMPOSTING

TALKING COMPOSTING

 

HEATING UP THE APPLE JUICE

HEATING UP THE APPLE JUICE

ENJOYING REFRESHMENTS

ENJOYING REFRESHMENTS

JOB DONE

JOB DONE

 

Earth Hour

Thanks to all those who came to our ‘Earth Hour’ celebration – and to the ‘Old Dancer’ for hosting our candle lit sing-song.

Our belated event was a great success.  Doug once again led us at the piano and John gave his now obligatory rendition of the ‘Manchester Rambler’.

'The Manchester Rambler'

See you next year, 25 March 2017?

Sign up to Earth Hour

Will you switch off your lights and switch on your social power for The Official Earth Hour 2016?

Saturday 19 March, 8.30-9.30pm


 

Will you also join Transition Wilmslow for a

‘Special Earth Hour’? Friday 1 April, 8.30-9.30pm

Still switching off the lights, and having a really good sing – song, by candlelight, with Doug MacDonald at the piano.

Please note the change of date!

Earth Hour 2016 flyer

 

 

End of year round-up!

The Transition Wilmslow December Newsletter is out now!

Read it here and find out what we have been up to all year.

Like to join us? See here for details

And finally………..

Come to the Wilmslow Christmas Festival.

Our Transition Wilmslow Christmas Tree will be one of many being displayed as part of the Festival

Christmas festival