DAY 3: Jan – June 2022

Reinstalled in Garden C: Friday 5th Febraury 2022. Approx. 3.50pm

At the beginning of February, the Day 3 panel was stitched back into its original place on the plastic grid fence which had created such wonderful shadowed patterns in the sunlight months. Over the winter months host’s allotment and its neighbour had, not surprisingly changed. It was a very different landscape that greeted me since my last visit in mid-October when I had taken the panel away for the exhibition – http://www.soulmarks.co.uk/7-days/documenting-7-days-day-3/– though of course, even then the seasons were turning. 

On this visit to install the panel, gone were the fruit and the leaves of the surrounding raspberry and blackberry bushes, instead most of the plants were brown and dead looking. In place of the abundant vegetation and blossoms seen and enjoyed on previous visits were large swathes of dark earth, the unseen growth happening below its surface awaiting the right time, the warmth and light of spring. When I looked closer, around the day 3 panel, hints of that new life were appearing. I am looking forward to my next visit to see what new life has slowly been emerging.

Wednesday 6th April 2022. Approx. 3.15pm

Changes noted: As can be seen from the photo above when I arrived the panel was hanging by only the top-left hand corner. There had been some wild winds during February and March and it had not been possible to arrange a visit to the allotment the panel since it was re-installed at the beginning of February but the host told me it had been this way for a while. It seemed to have frayed a lot and much thread was warped around the Oregano – Origanum Vulgare. It was also torn on the top left hand side.

My first task was therefore to resecure the panel back onto the plastic fencing to which it was attached. I did this with both wire, pegs and by stitching the cloth to the fence. As the wind was still fairly fierce I secured the panel in several places to try and hold it in place. Despite the winds signs of spring were beginning to appear around the panel.

It will be interesting to see how the panel survives the next few months but for now is back up.