MUWAGA – A time of celebration

muwagaAs you read this Christmas is almost upon us, in fact the first Christmas ads appeared in October as I write this. It just seems too early to me but then I am a shoppophobic person (I made that up – there must be a proper phobia name which I can’t be bothered to look up). I find the pressure to overtly consume a bit excessive but, hey-ho, that is life as we know it Jim. Nonetheless, I still like Christmas and all the razzmatazz that goes with it: Christmas dinner, carol services and, hopefully, that clear crisp weather that makes walking off the excess so enjoyable. I wish you all well for Christmas and the year to come.

Of course being a keen allotment family we are also celebrating the harvest – in a muted way. We are still dealing with the tomato and courgette glut, yet old reliables such as French and Broad beans did not do well, and even the winter squashes varied with butternuts doing well and Crown Prince being a total failure. The fascinating thing is that other plot holders, literally next door, had quite different results.

Now, those that know me recognise that I do enjoy a drink (in moderation) and a bit of home brewing too. I gave up making country wine years ago but looking at our apples going to waste started me into making cider. This has grown a bit and our neighbours put their apples into the mix and we share the cider. Apple pressing day is a real group event with lots of effort; cider making at our level is a totally manual process and all the better for it, in my opinion. The cider we make could be described (charitably) as dry with a bit of sparkle, but having invested the effort in it makes it taste all the sweeter.

What about MUWAGA?
September’s talk by Stephen Harris on Non-native Plants and their Collection went down very well. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the October talk by Dorothy Pavey as the Village Hall floor was being restored to pristine condition, something that definitely needed doing. We will reschedule Dorothy’s talk as soon as we can. There is no talk in December, Christmas preparations rule, but January brings the year to a celebratory start with the MUWAGA Cheese, Pate and Wine evening on 24th January. Our first talk of 2018 will be My Desert Island Veg by Pauline Pears on 28th February, a talk about stress free veg growing – after 2017 I think I need it! All talks are in Milton Village Hall and start at 7:30 p.m. Both members and non-members are welcome. I look forward to seeing you.

Happy gardening
Tony Lewis

December 2017 – January 2018