Well, I did promise a longer post to let you know what I’ve been up to!
I’ve spent a lot of the last couple of weeks doing what I can for the current refugee crisis. I took it upon myself to get fundraising started in my local community. We had a community meeting and decided that we would support Oxfam and the excellent work they are undertaking in the refugee camps out in Lebanon and Jordan (amongst other things).
We kicked off our fundraising with a coffee morning and bake sale in a local church hall last Saturday where we raised £600 and enjoyed some delicious cakes too!
My cakey contribution:
It was pretty busy all morning, we estimate there were at least 100 people which was an excellent turnout!
The lovely group of volunteers who helped me to run it:
We’ve also been having some tasty home baking at our mother and toddler group and have raised another £20 this way so far.
I’ve also been having a rummage through the house for suitable clothes and things I could donate to the charities taking supplies out to the refugees. I’m pleased to say I was able to find quite a lot, including: 2 sleeping bags, 3 roll mats, 4 coats, trousers, jumpers, wellies, backpacks, vac packed food, matches, water purification tablets. And my mum and I combined it with a few things bought specially including: underwear, socks, toiletries, medicine, stationary, nappies. It felt like a lot of stuff, and yet not a lot at the same time.
I also wrote little notes and put them in pockets and under straps. I hope whoever receives my donations can take some comfort in knowing that people still care about them. My lovely big boy also insisted on doing some drawings “for the people who had to run away from their homes”.
And because, as my dad always says, you can be sure your good deeds will not go unpunished, some charming person decided to key my car, also last Saturday.
Very kind… I’m not sure who I’ve offended to quite that degree but to attack my car in my driveway like that, it must be bad. And it goes the whole way from the headlights to the taillights. Great.
But, to end on a more positive note, we have finally finished our front garden transformation! We had grey pebbles which just looked so… bleh. Now we still have the veg patch, and we lifted the remainder of the stones and created a curved corner flowerbed and laid turf:
I’m so pleased with the finished garden, it looks so much more alive and inviting! I feel like we actually have some kerb appeal now!