Except, of course, that's not entirely true.
Groundworks has taken them over and are in the process of transforming the dilapidated facilities into a working Community Garden. With the help of volunteers, from both Siemens and Sage, two huge poly-tunnels were cleared and raised beds were constructed to make the garden truly inclusive. That's one of the reasons I was there - to act in a minor way as a consultant (in short, I advised on the needed heights of raised beds)
As the grounds were cleared we found lots of tiny black frogs. Wonderful to see!
It was very inspirational but what was doubly so is my girlfriend's project. She is looking to create what is at the Nurseries but as a charitable endeavour for the disabled of Gateshead.
What started as angry outburst when she was unable to find a wheelchair accessible allotment in which to grow her own veg, is on the verge of becoming a reality. All that is needed now is a committee, a constitution and some funds.
It is an act of bravery to spot a need, a gap, and then devise a way to fill it and I am so proud of her.
I was going to use the preceding as a metaphor for writing, but no. What she is doing (and has already accomplished) is so much more!
On the writing side of things...
Now I have concentrated all my efforts on Blue Jackets #4 (still need that title) it has come along at a faster rate and is currently standing around 18,500 words. The sh*t cannon is loaded and the fan is ready - things are going to get messy for young heroes. If you haven't read Blue Jackets yet details on how to get your copy are available right here.