Community spirit on show in Delacourt Road

Bravo, to the businesses of Delacourt Road in Blackheath who've added some floral cheer and community spirit to the small parade of shops with their Gardening Group Project. I walk down this road, with its small parade of shops each day but as I've had a few days off I've not been up and down the road so much, so it was a lovely surprise to be greeted by the floral adornments as I popped to the local shops earlier today.

Wondering why the garage had left some tyres out I took a closer look.

TYRES AS A PLANTER OUTSIDE THE GARAGE

TYRES AS A PLANTER OUTSIDE THE GARAGE

The card reads: MHA Gardening Group Project for Delaware Road, please respect and enjoy.

And a little further along there was more, a pair of legs relaxing in a garden chair outside the MHA Trust charity shop, who I suspect are behind this, I'm sure.

TAKING IT EASY OUTSIDE THE MHA CHARITY SHOP

TAKING IT EASY OUTSIDE THE MHA CHARITY SHOP

Outside the taxi office, a storage crate or chest.

A STORAGE BOX OUTSIDE THE TAXI OFFICE

A STORAGE BOX OUTSIDE THE TAXI OFFICE

Outside each of the shops was an item that reflected the nature of their business, the baby shop had a basket which wouldn't look out of place in a nursery, perhaps without the flowers.

A BASKET OUTSIDE THE BABY SHOP as part of the Delacourt Road Gardening Group Project in Blackheath South London

And outside the Natural Health Clinic, what else? A torso.

AND OF COURSE, A TORSO OUTSIDE THE WELLBEING CENTRE

AND OF COURSE, A TORSO OUTSIDE THE WELLBEING CENTRE

On the corner of the road, the newsagents and corner shop were also taking part, using a wooden crate for their display.

A FLORAL CRATE OUTSIDE THE NEWSAGENTS as part of the Delacourt Road Gardening Group Project in Blackheath South London

Walking back along the road later I spotted one I missed the first time round, and one that uses a tyre, that's been on the fence for a while (I've no idea why either) inventively. 

A DECORATIVE TYRE as part of the Delacourt Road Gardening Group Project in Blackheath South London

Sometimes the most unexpected, but simple things can really bring a smile to your face can't they?  Let's hope these little arrangements of community spirit and cheer are respected, I'm pretty certain they'll be enjoyed.

PoCoLo

An old-fashioned card shop

Just around the corner from me, by the busy bus stops there's an unassuming shop that sells greeting cards and gifts.  Many people I'm sure probably don't notice it and it's only in the past year or so that I've been in there myself, but it's a real gem and in it you'll be able to find a card for whatever occasion you want, I'm sure.

The window display is traditional but when I learnt the lady that runs the shop was ninety - she proudly told me - and that she's run this shop for the past forty years, that's not surprising. There are cards for every occasion and a lot of them, and if you can't find what you're after you're soon pointed in the right direction and provided with a vast array from those on display and from more stored in prettily covered storage boxes. 

For me it's like being a kid in a sweet shop.  Or perhaps that should be a paper fiend in a treasure trove!

These notebooks were cute and reasonably priced too at just 55p each and one may just have made it's way into my purchases.

Inside it's pretty traditional too, but that's reassuring I think. It's not a busy shop - sadly - but today when I visited in search of a wedding card there were a couple of other people in the shop, all equally enjoying the delights inside.

There are modern ranges of cards too, and so many styles to choose from.

But apart from its old-fashionedness and its beautiful cards what else sets it apart is its paper bags. They're proper paper bags which if you're anything like me will use again either for making cards of my own or for storing craft supplies.

And I found the card I was after, and at £1.65 it was a bargain too - and that's another reason to love this old-fashioned card shop.

The Reading Residence

A tree visit, and it's flourishing

When I last wrote about the tree in April there had been shocking news and it had been severely pollarded. Such drastic action had left me quite literally stumped for words and it's been a while since I've walked that way into Blackheath.

However yesterday when I misjudged my timings and unbelievably managed to leave home earlier than planned (it doesn't happen often so I should note it down) I decided it was time to pay the tree a visit. 

Unsure of what I would find I headed down the path and saw this:

IT WAS ALMOST LIKE IT'D NEVER BEEN AWAY

IT WAS ALMOST LIKE IT'D NEVER BEEN AWAY

It certainly is a plucky thing - I was going to say little, but it's far from little! I know that when you cut a plant that encourages growth, but I hadn't thought it would grow quite so much, so quickly.  And now I'm kicking myself for not visiting before.

The size of its leaves still amaze me.

Huge aren't they?

And it still amuses me that it's behind railings, and you know how much I like some ironwork.

I left pleased to see that the tree was making a go of it and wondering how long it would be before it was cut again. As I wandered along the path towards the village and the station I spotted this mystery plant.  I'd not seen it before and it was quite striking, does anyone know what it is?

MYSTERY PLANT

MYSTERY PLANT

The rich berry-like colour did seem to signal something though, along with the blackberries ripening everywhere I think we can safely say that Autumn is approaching.

Mammasaurus