Extra Thread – Girrick Gardener 1

We are now in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic but before it started spreading out from China I found myself wondering about food security. It was February, I was on a train headed south and using the opportunity to write a short story for a competition. https://www.cymerafestival.co.uk/short-fiction-competition

The remit was to imagine Scotland in 2030. I had three false starts before finding what I wanted to write. It is a serious story but written in a comic way. You can read it here:

I found myself writing about a micro community that was growing food and I named it after my own home. That got me thinking and when I got back to Scotland I decided to begin what I’d been writing about and see what happens….

GIRRICK GARDEN IN MARCH
GIRRICK GARDEN IN APRIL – with washing line!

I have a garden full of flowers and vegetable beds and trees and a pond. There’s really no more room for food growing BUT several of my neighbours don’t use their gardens ……

PART OF THE VIEW FROM GIRRICK

So…….

I went to see one of them and the people he rents from. I explained my worry about food shortages in the future …

GIRRICK ALLOTMENT

And ….

MY FIRST ROW OF POTATOES PLANTED

They were very happy to allow me to plant vegetables. They haven’t read my story yet but maybe they’ll read it here.

Author: clare938

I live in the enchantingly beautiful Scottish Borders and I have a myriad of interests some of which I class as my work. I'm interested in stories and take part in a combination of theatre making, writing, singing and making things (mostly paper or textile based) both on my own and facilitating groups of all kinds. Thus my many threads.

2 thoughts on “Extra Thread – Girrick Gardener 1”

    1. Thanks for reading it. I’m not sure about the results. it was supposed to be 3rd May but another competition I entered were about three to four weeks late with their shortlist, which incidentally I’m on hurray!

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