The Scarecrow

By mrswoolybill
Open Day at the Community Allotment. The scarecrow keeps an eye on proceedings.

For those who may not have encountered this project previously in my portfolio about ten years ago a group of volunteers raised 60,000 to adapt three adjoining allotment plots for use by people who would not normally be able to manage an allotment or garden the very elderly, the physically disabled, adults and young people with learning difficulties and severe psychiatric problems.

There are raised beds and small plots, everything is wheelchair-accessible. Able-bodied members work along with the disabled members to give support and guidance. It's an amazing place.

This was always going to be b&w, because the colour original has a major problem (a clump of dazzling nasturtiums bang in the middle). But I have now produced a nasturtium-free colour version which will go up some time. Don't get me wrong, they're one of my favourite flowers (and wonderful in salads). But they're very bright...

Thanks for looking,

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KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
25 Sep 2012 8:27AM
Scarecrow's got a Looby-Loo look about her (I'm sure you remember "Bill and Ben" too!), and provides a wonderful distraction. She looks as if she's just jumped up and said "Boo, I'm Looby-Loo, who are you?".



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gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 8:29AM
I love this one Moira - good to see the scarecrow keeping watch!!
Couldn't get to Prudhoe because of the flooding this morning - I hope that you and Bill are safe and dry!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 8:36AM
Thanks folks. Carol, we're quite high up, above the main road through town, but Bill's reading off the list of road closures and it looks bad! Hope there's no damage down on Princess Way.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
25 Sep 2012 8:47AM
Thanks for the write up, Moira! What a grand idea, I'd like to congratulate all those involved. I like the photo for its compo, tonal range and thought provoking aspect of it.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
25 Sep 2012 8:55AM
Well timed capture Moria, certainly had some rain Sad
Regards Richard
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 9:00AM
good to see the scarecrow, always good for lifting ones mood, the couple and expressions captured are a necessary inclusion I feel

raining here most of yesterday and tipped down last night but this morning so far - brighter
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 9:05AM
thats not a scarey scarecrow.. he made me smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 9:21AM
Sounds like a great project to be part of, one which clearly helps the local population. The image brings out the more charming side of allotment work, which as you will know is at times extremely backbreaking and tireless work.

Regards Nathan
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
25 Sep 2012 9:22AM
Think Bob refers to Andy Pandy not Bill & Ben although the latter did have a gardener who was always going off for dinner!! The scarecrow here is not going to scare a thing, she's far too nice.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 9:25AM
Ah yes, Looby Loo was Andy Pandy, Little Weed was Bill and Ben. I think we have a combination of the two!
Thanks everyone, we have to go out and brave the elements.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
25 Sep 2012 9:34AM
"Babap ickle Weed" GrinGrin
Some fun in this very important allotment project Moira. It must be a joy for those of us less able to get down on their knees to garden and grow things.

Love that scarecrow, I want one whatever her name is , it made me smile and that's a good thing with all this rain, keep safe and dry,

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
25 Sep 2012 10:17AM
Had to be yours Moira, quirky take that works so well Smile It also combines a strong sense of emotion !
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
25 Sep 2012 11:49AM
Oh, poor nasturtiumsSmile
I love the concept of this garden, it is a wonderfully therapeutic environment for those who most need it. Well done to your town.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
25 Sep 2012 11:54AM
Very scarey indeed. Grin
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 12:16PM
Made me smile and has cheered up a really misirable day for me Moira. GrinGrin

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
25 Sep 2012 12:46PM
I think this scarecrow would get first prize for the most unscariest scarecrow ever made Moira !!
Like his smile.
He must have his eye on Aunt Sally I reckon !!
(But only fans of Worzel Gummidge will know that one !!)
Tibetan 6 3 England
25 Sep 2012 2:31PM
Oooo! Arrr! me dear! that there Aunt Sally is a right corker! she can have my mangle worsels any time! lol. good shot suits B&W and a very worthy cause that's for sure! all for things like that!, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
25 Sep 2012 2:42PM
A great bit of photo journalism, Moira, and the scarecrow's a fine looking chap, though I bet he's not smiling in this nasty weather! Wink
Trev Smile
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
25 Sep 2012 4:37PM
those two old codgers look fitter than me Moira....that'll tell you what a state I am in...and for that scare crow it looks fitter than the three of us. Nice pic which tells a story.
25 Sep 2012 5:59PM
Ha ha, great composition Moira, He really does look like He's looking and listenning.

John Smile
Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 6:07PM
Nicely composed and captured, Moira.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 9:59PM
The veg in the foreground looks like some delicious chard (I think). Charming image Moira. Hope you haven't sailed away down the A1 in all this rain.
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
26 Sep 2012 9:59AM
He is so cute, the birds will probably as him for peanutsSmile
I know a better method: Get the 600mm out (even a 300mm does the trick Smile) and start aiming for the birds. They disappear instantly.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
30 Sep 2012 6:54PM
I bet all these comments have ment allot to you Moira, you've composed this shot so well

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