December 1, 2013
We couldn’t be happier about how things went on the planting days. After a short cold snap we had two gorgeous sunny and warm late-November days for digging and planting. Then, just when the freshly planted trees needed lots of water – the rain started. We added a couple of gallons of water to each tree anyway – just to be sure. It was kind of funny hauling buckets of water in the rain! Snow is predicted soon (being lower Vancouver Island, it probably won’t last long).
Hopefully these pictures give a bit of an idea of how it looks now.
Elizabeth with the first planted tree!
Sam and Deryk on the second tree-planting day
Deryk carrying the hay for mulch
19 trees, planted and mulched
We never stop loving how beautiful it is here
Next we’ll be bringing out the bench.
Peace Sanctuary Sculpture Park
November 27, 2013
So here’s the update on our work at Woodwynn Farms. The final layer of soil (purchased topsoil to add sand to the existing clay-ish soil) was brought in a slinger today. The air smelled like earth as the dirt rained down into the old silo pit.
Dirt Slinger at Woodwynn
It was like walking on fresh fallen snow — sort of.
First six trees roughly in place, ready for planting
Today, and a reminder of all the blackberries that have been removed since the summer.
November 10, 2013
So the process has been to work from this…
cutting back inside the silo….
Chopping and hacking to the north of the silo as well.
Then digging and burning
and finally to where we are now (still more work to do)
October 26, 2013
Okay – there are tons of pictures from the farm (Woodwynn) that I haven’t pulled together to post. The space is gradually getting cleared, soil has been moved from one area and put into the pit (but more of that is needed – plus new topsoil).
Apple trees have been purchased and I guess we’ll move them in within the next few weeks. So at some point I’ll post an illustrated story that will show all the steps.
But for now, while waiting for a few other things to happen, we’ve been down to the beach finding driftwood for the bench. Guess where it is right now…..
October 8, 2013
This is sort of a visual status report of the project at Woodwynn Farms
The blackberries are tenacious but so is Deryk! In the first photo you can’t see the wall at all. The second photo (shot from the other direction) shows the ground almost ready to be mechanically ploughed. Apparently then, with plantings of trees and grass or herbs, and LOTS of maintenance, the blackberries will eventually stop trying to return.
Here’s the Kickstarter link for those who are able to contribute (and receive a reward that could be a tree named in your honor, artwork, etc.)
September 30, 2013
Glass on glass mosaic “Memento” – by Elizabeth Wellburn (photo credit to John Garforth)
Sooooo…. my piece for the Richmond Recycle Centre and the Richmond “Art in Unexpected Places” initiative is now installed!
You can view it at 5555 Lynas Lane.
The title is “Memento” – named after a very interesting movie. The piece is not intended to relate to the dark side of that movie, but rather taps into the idea of preserving things as a way to retain memory – something the main character in the movie was compelled to do. There are lots of little items/memories preserved in the mosaic and I think the name is a good fit.
It was a wonderful experience to make this piece.
Special thanks to John (and Jax) for the photo!
And also special thanks to the folks in the offices of the City of Richmond and the Public Works Yard for all their help to make this happen.
September 26, 2013
Today’s local newspaper (The Times Colonist) has a great article about Deryk and Sam… and the Woodwynn labyrinth/sculpture viewing project:
Hope this article motivates people to help out via the Kickstarter initiative. We are extremely grateful to the people who have already contributed – there are 19 days left for the initiative so we’re hoping more people will see this and respond over the next couple of weeks:
and, regarding the Times Colonist article… here is Deryk’s statement in reply to the Central Saanich Councillor who mentions her concern is that the project is “in line with the Agricultural Land Commission’s non farm-use guidelines.”
I certainly agree with Central Saanich Coun. Alicia Cormier that Woodwynn Farms should make good use of the farmland and that is why my work on the farm supports that idea by making sure that every facet of this project is about the edible plants. The first and foremost thought has been focused on the idea that food will be the experience. The area chosen for the site has been an unused portion of the farm that is now going to be put to productive use by growing herbs,fruits and grains. I believe that people will see the interesting sculpture as the background scenery and serve as a draw to attract people who will enjoy the fruits of peoples labour.
I grew up on a farm and I was always dazzled by the art I saw forming before my eyes as a tractor cut the hay and left beautiful creative lines across the field.
The world famous Yorkshire sculpture park, set on farmland in England recognizes these beautiful relationships between life, people, art and farmland. I hope this work will do the same for everyone here in Central Saanich.
Deryk Houston – artist
Here’s a “before” picture that I took a few days ago. Working hard to clear up those brambles….