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Too easy for some but don't dismiss as rubbish.
Use this session as a recovery fitness session so maybe a light jog, brisk walk or steady cycle but take your gardening gloves, bin bags and a litter pick if safe to do so
The object is to simply be active and do so by doing GOOD (something you are great at I know)
So next time you are out on a run, walk or cycle take note of your environment and look for the area with the most rubbish scattered around.
Then using this training this session make that your go to point to pick up as much of it as you can and leave at a local bin your collection.
If you are lucky enough to have immaculate streets, paths, hedgerows, parks etc then put a shout out in the WhatsApp group to see if any can suggest a more unfortunate part where litter is more present.
Share a pic - let us know how you get on ; - )
Mrs B’s dog Molly and I interrupted today’s walk for a bit of litter picking in Cambridge Park and a couple of photo opportunities in front of the hoardings hiding Marble Hill House and the adjacent ‘Womanhood’ outdoor photography exhibition images.
Thursday morning warehouse shift with charity food re-distributor City Harvest, crating potatoes and mixed snacks.
Volunteers who have done more than 100 hours now get ‘a certificate of recognition’ and their own pink high viz. Unfortunately I managed to get a paper cut from my new certificate, which must rate as one of the most ironic workplace injuries to sustain in a busy warehouse.
GoodGym Richmond hope to be extending our sponsorship of the Buccleuch Gardens by adopting the Arcade rockery and lawn. Whilst we await formal approval from the Council and the Richmond Society to our planting proposals, anyone can help out with a gardening session focusing on removing the plantains from the Arcade lawn.
The Arcade is just a couple of hundred metres to the East of The Three Pigeons Plot on The Thames Path (Petersham Meadow/Ham House Direction).
You’ll need gloves and a weeding tool or some sort of knife to ensure you gouge out not just the plantain but also it’s long tap root.
Your uprooted plantains can be left in the area to the far left of the Arcade (you’ll need to duck under the handrail to get there).
Self log your weeding session as a Community mission or send a pun, photo(s) and a brief mission report to Anita at firstname.lastname@example.org
Plantains form a low growing rosette and have leaves with distinctive ribs running the whole length : https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/solve-problems/greater-plantain/
Gorgeous sunny afternoon walk with Mrs B’s dog Molly, who was full of the joys of spring, exploring the riverbank and walking past primroses, hellebores and daffodils.
Thankfully, our primrose path took us to Marble Hill Park rather than the “the primrose path to dalliance” (Hamlet) or the “Primrose way to the everlasting bonfire” (Macbeth) .
The ‘Talavera Treasure’, a shattered vase discovered during dog walking and painstakingly reassembled, is now on display at The Three Pigeons Insect Hotel.
I also did a bit of weeding.
Anyone wanting to do a lockdown solo session of gardening, sign up for ‘plantain blitz’ and have a go at removing some of the plantain from the lawn in front of the Buccleuch Gardens Arcade.
Thursday afternoon dog walking for Mrs B, taking Molly to inspect the new East Twickenham Lidl which opened today. And then onto Marble Hill Park.
Today’s litter ‘finds’ included 4 Nerf gun bullets, two gloves, a tiny baby sock, a Costa insulated cup with groovy red glitter and a plastic pint glass from the white swan.
Today Molly the dog and I unearthed shards, in fact three shards, some of the missing pieces of a discarded, broken pot that I had found last week and spent ages gluing back together. Sadly the pot is not some missing Arts and Crafts masterpiece but is a type of Mexican majolica called Talevera, completely worthless in it’s current state. I fear the lockdown is really getting to me and my frustration is embodied in this example of recycling taken too far.
In my defence, this ‘Talevera Treasure’ will have a home in Richmond GoodGym’s Three Pigeons Insect Hotel .
As well as lockdown-crazed extreme recycling, Molly and I also visited Old Deer Park where she was delighted to explore while I spent 15 minutes litter picking, filling four plastic bags. A much more efficient application of lockdown time.