17 February, 2014

What do you do when you are in London?

 - gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

The Ungardener is hyperactive, can't sit still or he falls asleep. I like to learn something. See something I would miss if it wasn't pointed out to me. Understand something I can only know if it is explained to me. My roots are in London. My mother was born there. I read, talk, write and think in English. To me, that means London. 

What we always do - is go on as many London Walks as possible. He checked the web and printed out all the possible interesting walks for when we would be there. This was one of the two we walked in July 2009. 

First we had lunch, in a church, as one does in London. St. Mary le Bow. The Cafe BeLow, beneath Bow Bells. And a very quick look in the church, before the walk started. The crucifix at the main altar epitomises the folded grave cloths at Easter. Showing the crown of thorns.

PS Thanks to Matthew Power, Parish Secretary, for information. 'The figure (or Corpus) of the crucified Christ on the east wall is a work from the 1980s by Simon Robinson at Forge Robinson in Caligny France  and made of stainless steel' 

Crucifix at St Mary le Bow
Work of Simon Robinson

11 February, 2014

Hampton Court Flower Show 2009

 - gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Walking London streets in July 2009 I had an aha moment. Suddenly I saw the date on all those posters for the Hampton Court Flower Show. It's now, I'm actually in London, I could go! And we did. There were times when we were caught up in a solid flow of humanity and 'we are all going this way at this speed' - when my husband said never again. We are not used to city crowds any more. 

Dragonflies at Hampton Court

03 February, 2014

Lost Gardens of Heligan

by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa


Have you heard of the Lost Gardens of Heligan? It is the Best Heritage site on the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards in 2013-2014.

come with us to wander in the
Lost Gardens of Heligan