Yesterday we finally got on to plant new flowers on the patch that had been dug up about 2 weeks ago. It’s looking good, isn’t it?
We also did some weeding, spread some slug pellets out and did our best to kill the ants eating the dahlias!
New plants have been donated by Walsall DIY or sold to us with a huge discount. Thank you, Walsall DIY.
I don’t think there is any space to plant anything left at the moment:-) Still, would be great to have some really beautiful and well kept grass there - but maybe it’s something for the next year?
What is the best way to get a nice grass lawn, cheap?
How long must it take to repair the paving at the top of the Walsall market? This fence has been here for at least 3 weeks and no work has been done so far - walking in the night there feels like you are in some kind of ghost town, with a huge supermarket looming over closed shops and crumbling infrastructure.
Grim image indeed.
And while we’re at it and if it’s a question of money, couldn’t ASDA contribute to the renovation? The cobbles are right there, in front of the big ASDA logo.
And here is the bit that still looks alright, but might soon start deteriorating:
Here. You’ve got me. Complaining.
I am sorry for the long break, but I’ve just come back from a study trip around Lithuania organised within the international project Localise. The aim was to get to know Lithuanian cultural institutions, ngos and other organisations running projects and initiatives with and for local communities. We travelled around Lithuania in a group of 15 artists, community arts and culture animation practitioners from three countries: Poland, Lithuania and the UK.
It was a very fruitful and inspiring experience in many ways, but I really didn’t expect to see this in a little town of Moletai, about 60 km north of Vilnius:
I don’t know if it is a guerilla gardening project, a local school initiative or an activity that was a part of the 650 years of Moletai festival, but look at the effect! It’s easy, it’s cheap and very very impressive.
I am starting to collect 1,5 l bottles. Let me know if you have any and are planning to be in Caldmore anytime soon.
I met with my mate Q yesterday for some cycling around Walsall - I had been planning to go to Chasewater & Hammerwich for a while so I proposed following National Route 5 to the reservoir. I don’t think he expected such a long ride - we ended up doing 40 km in a bit more than 3 hours.
But hey, the sun was shining and everything invited us to go for a ride!
Everything is in bloom now and the canals look amazing - both the industrial and wilder fragments. It was quite muddy on the tow-path alongside Daw End and Rushall Canal. It was quite difficult to cycle on that bit between Aldridge and Rushall when the path is very narrow and can be wet. Still fun, though!
Chasewater itself was a bit of a disappointment - even though I’m not even sure what I expected, a lake, maybe? There wasn’t that much water in it and we learnt that it was due to the two years’ works being done on the dam. They’re supposed to finish by the end of the year, so I am already looking forward to the next!
We saw a lot of ducks and swans with their young, a dead dog lying by the tow path right opposite Brownhills’ Tesco and a crazy heron on Rushall Canal that kept on flying off and landing in the middle of the path in front of us.
Ah, and we had a short stop at Manor Arms pub in Rushall. What a great place for a break on a day out.
It was a delightful day. The National Route was good, so I will be exploring other parts soon - Lichfield, anyone?