Today brought news about our young poets and first, second and third place have been awarded. The judge, Mary Ward, was very impressed and suggested that the competition marks the start of the Oakdale Poets, following the tradition of the Dymock poets. Well done, all of you. You have set a very high standard for future competitions. I had one poem read to me by the author in my garden one evening, which was an unforgettable, delightful experience.
We also heard of generous subsidies from Travis Perkins and Hanley Farm Shop, who are supplying wood and nails and food for the Community Day. Coinros also gave us a great deal on the huge sack of daffodil bulbs awaiting your eager hands on Saturday. Please bring gardening tools and gloves if you can and something to kneel on.
MMC2, the developers and owners of the site, have kindly given us permission to plant bulbs and also to put up our marquee. Not only that, but I heard today that they want to pay for the marquee and contribute to our website expansion plans. This will help us carry on with the work we have started and to build up the website to become a resource for the whole area.
Today began at 5.30 am though, so I am going to call it a day there, except just to mention Kate Wyatt once again, who came down and painted a graffiti wall with me in my garden. It was very relaxing to have a fun job to do (not paperwork) and to have such good company whilst I worked. She is coming on Saturday, so please make her very welcome. She has worked very hard for you, Oakdale.
Right, now for the next episode of Aberystwyth Noir before I hit the sack. (We have several of those in the garage now, including one full of potatos.)
Good night, sleep tight and enjoy the story.