Diary entries for Germany 2012 will be coming soon - watch this space! In the meantime, you can read about my earlier volunteering experiences around Scotland.


I ended my last entry, dated 30th December 2006, with the comment that my next entry would be headed 2007. As it turns out, here we are in March 2008! So I've got quite a lot of filling in to do, and I'm mainly going to post a lot of photos and a few paragraphs about what I've been up to for the past 13 months.

I'm still at Wiston Lodge, must be about a year and a half I've been here. I've found somewhere to settle down for a while - put it this way, I have moved so much of my stuff here that I can't pack it all up into a rucksack and head off, the same way I arrived!

Wiston is a wonderful place, I haven't had to think very hard about staying here, it's just happened naturally. Mainly I've been looking after the garden here, which has been a steep learning curve. Going from helping in other people's gardens a couple of times, to being responsible for the large kitchen garden here at Wiston was quite a leap. I've had lots of help, particularly from my gardening mentor Amy, and I'm looking forward to my second growing season starting soon.

Read more: Another year at Wiston

Read more: Another year at Wiston

It's been a couple of months since I updated this diary, and I'd just left Orkney to do some more volunteering. Well, I came straight to a place called Wiston Lodge and have been here almost 3 months now.

Read more: First few months at Wiston Lodge

Read more: First few months at Wiston Lodge

After a summer of neglect, this diary is wildly out of date. One of the main reasons for this is that I've not been doing much volunteering, but have been working and generally doing other things. Here's a summery summary:

  • Had a long weekend's holiday on Skye.
  • Spent most of July house-sitting near Aberfeldy - a great place to enjoy the amazing July weather, although I was worried the water supply was going to run out what with the lack of rain.
  • Spent most of August and September at home, helping my mum move from Glasgow to Orkney.
  • Left Orkney at the end of September to start volunteering again - more on this in a later post.

Various photographs from the summer follow.

Read more: Round-up of Summer 2006

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