Sunday was an action packed day full of culture and gardening. An Indian Summer Festival down Leicester’s Cultural Corner was full of dance, music, food, mhendi, exhibitions workshops and stalls. The sun was shining and everybody was happy and chatty, which made the atmosphere wonderful.
One of the most fantastic performances was a Holi dance (which means festival of colours) whereby the dancers dressed in white with bright coloured scarfs were throwing bright colours everywhere and encouraged everyone to get involved at the end! It really was chaos. Strangers were colouring strangers, bringing everyone together as friends!
To add to the atmosphere there were tuctucs buzzing and beeping around; giving rides around the cultural quarter for a donation to charity, curry cookery demonstrations, numerous food and jewellery stalls and mhendi (my favourite). I think I might actually start doing my own mhendi, a bit of doodling practice and – boom – I can have non permanent tattoos whenever I want 🙂
We have also started harvesting the spring onions from the Urban Farm They are looking very healthy. We planted the rest of the sweetcorn out and found some space for Jenny’s red chard at the end of the patch. John told us today that we should use the three sister garden concept and plant our spare squash and peas in between. He also mentioned something about leaving the beans in the ground until next year so loads of nitrogen gets stored ready for next year!
Very tempting large bags of compost are on sale in B and Q at the moment; we also accidentally bought a new hand fork too as our one bends at the sniff of hard ground.
All in all a very lovely Sunday.