Resist | The Community Garden

Protected by cat & fox

The fox and the cat watching the entrance

A young garden in the hood. A young community-built garden tucked away behind old houses, with a recent eviction notice attached to it.

Most times I walk to Greenwich village I take the longer route via Royal Hill street simply because this neighborhood still feels like a community. People don’t rush, they stop for a chat, try the fresh produce in the local shop, greet and smile. It still looks like a residential area with a bit of heart, a flower shop, a couple of family friendly pubs, grocers.

The community garden popped up a few months ago. When I discovered it, on a grey late January Sunday, it still looked lovely. A big yard where everyone chipped in, brought a flower pot, a rake, a bench. And the less visible, but easily detectable additions: attention, time, patience, and care. The eviction note and ensuing quarrel on the walls is not in the least surprising. By most standards, this is a good location, and in London, that’s both a curse and a blessing.  

Given similar examples in other parts of the city, it’s a matter of time until the whole row of independent shops will be pulled down or “cosmeticized” to look like any row of stores in the western world. You know,  hotel-supermarket-hotel-corporate-flats-chain-cafe-hotel-supermarket-overpriced-fast-built-flats like.

I can only hope those in power realize that this city needs maintenance too, not just building (thank you, Mr. Vonnegut).
Oh yeah, I do know Greenwich park is nearby. It does close at sunset though, and you can’t have any humans tell stories around an open fire. Or plant mint.
This too is a form of resistance.
I hope they win.

Green fingers
Bringing the community together

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Leafless in Winter

Winter in the park

Solitary tree in Greenwich Park

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Our kind of lane

Walk in London

Carbon free Greenwich walk

#walk #London #green #Greenwich#spring #sidestreets #urban #nature

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South bank autumn

Walking seasons along the Thames Path

Walking all over seasons along the Thames Path, close to Thames Barrier

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The Blue Hour 2

Wikipedia says it’s “the period of twilight each morning and evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue” .
Neither full daylight nor complete darkness, these 40 minutes are pure bliss.
Chase the blue, seize this hour! Plenty in London.

Late June blue hour in SW London

Blue Hour @ Putney Bridge in SW London

 

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Thames Path: The North Greenwich bit

Thames low tide

Low tide. Very low tide. @ that North Greenwich beach where very few tourists dare to go.

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Zooming out

Trees upon sky

Sweet chestnut tree @ Greenwich Park

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Walk more, breathe better

BB Campaign

Breathe Better London campaign poster

Mayor’s Cleaner Air for London program starts from one simple idea: the smallest changes in your daily routine can make a huge difference by creating incredible ripple effects. Like taking a short walk, instead of taking the car to covert the same distance.
There’s no hard to digest scientific information on the posters. Just common sense.

#‎BreatheBetter‬ ‪#‎London‬

 

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Epic Forest. I mean, Epping Forest.

February sunset

Winter sunset @ Connaught Waters

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Peek-a-boo

Thames walk

Royal walk, that Royal Naval College walk. Perfect sky. 24/7

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