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Spring makeover for the SPA

As many of you know, today was the long planned makeover day for the SPA. Over the past couple of weeks we have received many donations of plants, paint and compost, even a couple of trees. And today was the day to put as much of it as possible in place.

Of course we were very much in the hands of the weather gods, but today the sun shone. Most of the time, at least. We had husbands up ladders (mine!), we had more child labour, and we had a heroic display of endurance by Mme Aalders, who, as well as donating a huge amount of plants and donkey poo, decided to do all the planting along the main wall. Thank you so much!

The core group worked all afternoon, with others  popping in for a couple of hours, according to their other commitments. A huge amount was achieved and I am sure everyone left with a sense of satisfaction that comes from a job well done. This is our refuge, and it deserves our attention. Thank you to everyone who came along to help, or who donated plants and compost. We did not quite finish, there are enough plants left for a couple of window boxes, and we hope to get these done on Saturday.

The refuge looks so much brighter and more welcoming, and that of course was the aim.

Good job, everyone!

Sorry if you weren’t able to make it today. For many people a bank holiday is a precious thing, I know. Besides which, I am sure that lots of you have been busy doing other refuge-related things, like practising the dance for Saturday’s flash mob event! The location for this has been confirmed as being Place Gambetta, by the way, not Place Carnot. The Maire is worried that Carnot will be too small to accommodate us all. I hope he is right!

Outside reception
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Mme Aalders hard at work

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That looks better!

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