I thought I’d write a blog entry that gave a personal rather than reporterly perspective on Saturday’s Adamsdown Community Centre garden day:
Bring in the Spring I optimistically announced on today’s front page, immediately following that up with the admission that it had actually drizzled at this weekend’s local garden event.
Cycling over with camera and tripod strapped to my back it was gloriously sunny. When I arrived at the centre you wouldn’t have thought that there was a secret garden that spanned the length of the Association’s three large terraced houses and by such a busy road.
I wheeled my bike through the corridor of the building and out onto an immaculate space of raised beds and willow scaped paths. I deposited my bike on a rack next to two crowned plastic watering-can frogs.
People, not many, started to arrive at 12 and with that the clouds came and broke. The die hards stayed mainly huddled together under the Marquee with the wood carver Pa Madou, whilst others slipped indoors for warm soup and dry seats. I dutifully set the camera up and did a little outdoor filming and then eventually edged inside myself to sample the carrot and onion garden soup which was sweet and moreish – I had two bowls and an orange.
Whilst the soup was still warm in my belly I retrieved my bike from the rack and braved the rain, rain is always worse on a bike – it attacks you horizontally. With camera wrapped in a Tesco bag and head down I cycled home to Grangetown, to edit the day’s video footage and feed my newborn.