What a busy week it has been (get comfy with a cuppa; this’ll be a long post!). Bilbo arrived in Gloucester fresh from his stay at Bag End in Cumbria but feeling somewhat tired and achy from a bone shaking ride in the back of the post van. As luck would have it I had an acupuncture appointment booked so Bilbo was able to have a little needling for his van-lag, eat some goji berries to boost his energy and have a chat with Dr Wang about the benefits of chinese herbs.
We left The Chinese Medical Centre feeling relaxed and recharged and headed for Gloucester Cathedral. A fan of the Harry Potter films, and a bit of a history buff, Bilbo wanted to explore the corridors of Hogwarts and the Tomb of King Edward II. I was keen to show him the trees and shrubs that were planted by this year’s artist in residence to attract birds into the garden of the cloisters (as part of a sound installation uniting the voices of the Cathedral choir with birdsong relayed from the garden, recordings of the dawn chorus from around the County and the nightingales from Highnam Woods).
Down at the allotment Bilbo displayed a knack for caterpillar spotting and we were glad of the extra hands for the continued runner bean and raspberry picking and the lifting of the potatoes.
Over the weekend the happy harvesting continued.
It wasn’t all hard work. Bilbo made some new friends and learnt the secrets of long life from my 92 year old nan. And we visited our friends’ Dan and Ruth to see if the tomato plants I gave them were faring better than mine….
…hooray (deep sigh), phew, happy to say their toms are blight free and ripening beautifully. Rory was pleased too but I think his smiles had more to do with the number of Bilbo’s raspberries he’d eaten!
Mikey pretended not to mind saying farewell to Bilbo, Billy lavished kisses and Poppet was uncharacteristically quiet.
If you’d like Bilbo to come to your garden next leave a comment here (including where you are in the world) by Sunday evening (see the rules of play below). I’ll draw a name on Monday 14th September and will contact the successful blogger for postage details soon after.
(ps. if you think this was a long post you can click here to see how much longer it could have been – that’s if you’re not bored of Bilbo photos by now! And the Dirt Princess has links to all Bilbo’s hosts since he left her Alabama garden in April)
RULES #1) COPY & PASTE these rules into your post on Bilbo if you receive him. The post must be titled WHERE IN THE WORLD IS BILBO: (your city). If everyone copies the rules, then the person you send it to will know what to do. If each post is titled the same, we can keep track of Bilbo and follow him on his adventure. PLEASE do not forget to copy and paste these rules into your post if you receive Bilbo. #2) In order to participate you MUST leave a comment on the post about Bilbo with the blogger that has him. That blogger will draw names from the people who left comments on that post. Once the winner is selected Bilbo will be on his way to see your garden. #3) When you receive Bilbo please take a photo (or photos) of him in your garden as well as a photo of yourself with Bilbo. #4) Rules are linked to http://northmobilegardensociety.blogspot.com/ . Please leave a comment on The Dirt Princess’ page so she can keep track of him and let other bloggers know where Bilbo is, and post where bloggers can see his latest travel. #5) Please try to get Bilbo out the door as quickly as you possibly can. If at all possible please try not to keep him more than 7 days. We want to get him to as many places as we can in 6 months. #6) Bilbo will travel for 6 months, April 21, 2009- October 21, 2009. If you have Bilbo at the end of this 6 month time frame, you will ship him back to the Dirt Princess at http://northmobilegardensociety.blogspot.com/. #7) When Bilbo arrives back with the Dirt Princess, there will be a great post letting everyone know where Bilbo has been, when he visited as well as links to the bloggers posts that had Bilbo. #8) There will be a list enclosed with Bilbo for each blogger to sign once they receive Bilbo. That list will be sent back to the Dirt Princess. #9) Should anyone have any questions please contact Dirt Princess at http://northmobilegardensociety.blogspot.com/. #10) The blogger that has possession of Bilbo is responsible for shipping him to the next blogger. Please handle him with care. He is ceramic. #11) Bilbo may be shipped to countries outside the United States. We want everyone to join in on the fun! #12) If you would like to throw in a little something with Bilbo to ship the next blogger, please feel free. Add to the excitement. See what Bilbo brings you when he arrives at your door step