About alex101weather

My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

Willow Weaving Workshop

Here are some pictures from the Willow Weaving Workshop held in the garden on the 26th of March. A huge vote of thanks to Trevor Leat Willow Weaver extraordinaire for his time and expertise. Many thanks also to all the volunteers from all walks of life including the Co-op, abrdn, and the Friends of the garden. We hope we have made new friends and enhanced the garden. Quite a few little kids, (and big kids!), having fun with it already. We will be moving onto the next phase of the children’s area, seats and stepping stones, as soon as we can.

The finished articles. The Willow Tunnel and one of the three compost bins. The initiative was part funded by Scotland’s Climate Festival, and we appreciate their support.

Willow Weaving Workshop

Thanks to Scotland’s Climate Festival Seed Fund Grant we can run this Willow Weaving Workshop on 26 March. Please see poster for details and let our secretary, (secretary@hopetouncrescentgarden.org.uk), know if you would like to participate for the morning, afternoon or all day.

This is open to non members. Numbers will be limited for this free event, (donations welcomed!),  but we will try and accommodate as many participants as possible.

New additions to the garden

Many thanks to George Lucasz for his help in planting two new apple trees in the garden. Thanks also to Jenny and Graham for their efforts on Saturday. We will be putting up espalier wires to train the branches soon. The trees are James Grieve and Cutler Grieve species. The apples were cultivated by James Grieve in his nursery at Redbraes very close by on Broughton Road. We are looking forward to munching on these!

We also transplanted two cherry blossom trees which were encroaching too close to the ground floor flats. All in all, a good day’s work.