Happy New Year one and all! We are back with a new post, and two new Volunteers. We said Goodbye to our Star of the Future Award winner Nerea. Over the past two month we have been busy grading trees, making trenches and planting Willows.
In the video Nerea speaks about experience with The Conservation Volunteers.
Theresa, Germany, November:
“The time has come to say goodbye to the last reminders of summer and fall since it is getting dark outside and the wind has a nice chill to it. In the Nursery we have started preparing the Willow pegs which means we can plant the Willow out for next year.
A lot of cutting and bundling is involved, 50 each in a bundle, which is a challenge every time. We are trying to save the last trees from the rabbits who are starting to become really hungry and don’t hesitate chewing of the bark of our lovely trees, especially the crab apple. We are coming to an end with the grading, although you never know, and the seed extraction that is left to be done, Spindle it is, is saved for blizzards in the future.
Now what’s keeping us warm is a cup of tea and the thought of all the lovely things in the world.”
Pietro, Italy, November:
One day we went with Pascal to plant some new tree inside the forest and we pass near this beautiful lake. Was amazing because I never seen it before and with had a lot of fun with the other guys.
It was a amazing night that I passed with a friend in a Ska party in Belfast. It was the first time that I went in a ska party, is not my kind of music but we had a lot of fun because we met a lot of strange people and a lot of other volunteer from different project!
Kristian, Denmark, November:
“November was a month without traveling and sightseeing, on my part, I mostly resigned in my room reading or participated in local dinner parties.
I celebrated Thanksgiving, and participated in Nerea’s “Goodbye” party.”
Theresa, Germany, December:
“The month of December went by quick –and we’re back! The weather, I was told, was unusually mild for this particular month and although I am saddened by the thought what this means for mother-nature I was quite content with not having received any frost bites. Our new volunteer, Nuno!!- has come and has successfully been introduced to the Tree Nursery and all of its happenings. Together we went to the school and did a lesson on Food Chain. The children very much enjoyed it and didn’t at all seem bothered by the fact of the wolf eating the rabbit (just like anyone at the Nursery at the moment). As the month came to an end, I went home for Christmas to see family and friends!”
Pietro, Italy, December:
“In December arrived a new volunteer from Denmark that is called Nuno. She is very friendly and we have always a lot of fun with her in the house and at work! I took this picture at the first dinner that we had together!
These photos are from an interesting day where we went with a hippie man to do a little walk inside Clandeboye Estate to discover how beautiful and how big our place where we work is! We stay for a lot of time in that little house in front of the lake and we had a lot of advices from the man about this interesting place and also about a lot of tree that we can find in the farm.
Kristian, Denmark, December:
“I spend my Christmas vacation alone in the house attempting to make proper Christmas dinners, which all ended in with a disappointing result.
I played pool with Pascal in a local tournament, I went 0-3.
I locked myself out of the volunteer house and had to spend the night at Pascal’s place.
I played a wrestling game with Pascal’s child, I went 3-1 (I am certain he let me win so I wouldn’t lose interest).”
The Conservation Volunteers – Official