We all know that April is known for its unpredictable weather and this year it is truly living up to its reputation. The lowest temperature ever recorded in the UK in April is -15 degrees in 1917 and the highest is 29 degrees in 1949. This year, the first week of April brought glorious sunshine, 22 degrees to be exact, which saw me put all my winter boots to the back of my cupboard and dust off last year’s sandals! Imagine my surprise 3 days later when I had to dig my car out of the snow before driving to work…madness!! Lesson learned; do not trust the British weather! Whether it be April showers, unseasonal snow storms or festival fun, do not under estimate the need for good old welly boots!
This month we are going a bit welly crazy at Good Natured. Inspired by our fabulous competition with Webury.com which is giving one lucky person the chance to win a pair of Aigle’s Boyfriend Boots in aubergine. Head to http://goodnatured.wpengine.com/wellies to enter. We started to think…what else we could do with wellies and for those of those of you who consider the welly boot to be a neglected piece of rubbery footwear-think again!
Welly Wanging is taking the British countryside by storm, with highly competitive sports men and women pitting against each other to become Welly Wanging champions.
Welly Wanging, the art of propelling a Wellington boot the furthest distance from a given point, has hugely increased in popularity over the last two years. It is thought that Welly Wanging originated following an incident where a pint of Tetley’s Bitter was spilt into someone’s welly. Since that iconic moment the sport has never looked back. The World Welly Wanging Championships are now held each year in the village of Upperthong in Yorkshire. The high level of competition has lead to precise, highly regulated rules for the sport… no joke.
Why not put your sporting abilities to the test and give Welly Wanging a go yourself? All you need is a wellington boot, a few willing competitors and a large area that is free from unsuspecting passersby. Here are some winning tips for first class welly propulsion:
One handed – This is a commonly used technique, where the competitor uses a single hand to propel his or her welly. This can be attempted either right or left-handed, but you cannot use both simultaneously on separate boots.
Double handed – This is often used where there is a particularly large welly, so that both hands can fit securely around the boot. Propulsion in this position usually involves a shot-put-style swing technique.
Between the legs –Where the competitor throws the welly from between their legs, facing towards the target and bending the legs slightly to accommodate the swing. This is a commonly applied technique for smaller competitors and beginners.
Backward throw – This is when the competitor throws the welly over their head, whilst facing away from their target. Whilst this enables a large back swing, it also means that the target is out of sight for the duration of the throw. The competitor must also be wary of having the boot land on their head when throwing in this position.
Get Welly Wanging!
Being Good Natured and all we are always looking for innovative ways to recycle things and wellies are no different! Your trusted old boots may look fit for the bin but with a bit of creativity you can turn them into a funky flower pot. Get the kids involved in this one too, they will love it!
Black wellies will absorb heat and be perfect for growing vegetables that need warmer soils! Colourful pairs, will make a great display for the front door if you fill them with some bright pansies.
What you need:
- An old Wellington boot.
- A couple of handfuls of gravel or small stones.
- Enough compost to fill the boot. Use general purpose compost.
- Flowers/vegetables. (It’s good to pick a plant that’s already flowering, with a few more new flowers coming on)
- Strong, sharp scissors.
- A trowel
Simply put some holes in the sole of the boots, fill with a couple of handfuls of gravel and fill with compost until it is about 3cm from the top. Push the soil down, pull the plant out of its container, make a hole in the soil and pop the plant in. Press down the compost around the plant and sprinkle with water.
So when it is time for a new pair a welly boots, think twice before chucking your old pair in the bin!