a tightly sealed jar of pulverized ash and bone
For our August social, we're meeting at Mikkeller Bar, (formerly the George & Dragon), next to Shoreditch Church. just off Shoreditch High Street E2.
This is the Tower Hamlets outlet of a Scandanavian craft brewery. The interiors are "deliciously Danish", with lots of wood and bold colours to complement the array of beer taps. Soft drinks also available of course.
No fewer than 10 GoodGym members turned up tonight, promptly at our meeting point by the changing rooms in lovely Meath Gardens.
Why were we here?
Holding a Green Flag Award, this gorgeous park is well used by the Tower Hamlets community. There are some incredible plants, flower beds and bundles of donated, young trees in this park. Newly-planted trees, in particular, need to be watered regularly when they're young in order to survive, become established, and to thrive.
Friends of Meath Gardens are a brilliant group of committed, dedicated residents who work year-round to help maintain and boost this urban oasis, but due to the warm and sunny summer we're experiencing, with a lack of rain, the park needs many pairs of hands to help water.
What did we do?
With no active water points, it's a question of distributing water all over the park with many buckets, a few wheelbarrows, a couple of trolleys with partially inflated tyres, one tap and one canal.
This is a very sociable, fun and physical task. It works the lower body, and all of the upper body, particularly back and shoulder muscles.
After a solid hour of wheeling, lifting and pouring, we were ready to call it a night.
We gathered by our favourite fallen tree for a speed-stretch of every muscle going.
Well done everyone: three weeks of heavy watering is no mean feat. A brilliant contribution to Meath Gardens. And a big shout-out to Si for tonight's terrific pun.
Until next time.
Background to the task
We have been asked to return for the third week to this much-needed task of watering the very thirsty plants in Meath Gardens.
Tunde will head up tonight’s task, which will see us transporting water from the tap and the canal to all areas of the park, to try and ensure the greenery survives this summer.
What else you need to know
We will meet by the Changing Rooms in Meath Gardens, in front of the Children’s Centre at 7pm. We will spend around an hour watering the park.
There is a secure place to leave bags and clothes.
We will enjoy a thorough, post-task stretch to get the week off to a really good start.
A small group of runners gathered at the Cranbrook Community Centre to help Janet and Eileen give the garden a good tidy.
Why were we doing this?
Cranbrook Community Centre has been serving the Cranbrook Estate and local area for many years, and Janet and Eileen are active members of the TRA.
They often need a hand clearing the area around the Community Centre. Tonight's task involved cutting back high hedges, gathering leaves from the borders, and raking weeds, leaves and litter from the Community Centre garden.
A fabulous hour's work
What initially looked like a lot of work for our small team, was in fact no match for the productive GoodGymers who blitzed the tasks in less than an hour.
Si and Leo headed out to the side hedge with secateurs and loppers; Emma and Eimear to the front borders and Liz and Fiona to the garden front and back.
Bags and bins were filled; debris disposed of, photos posed for... It was a lovely, companionable way to spend a warm and bright Monday evening. Shout-outs to the whole team this evening, (including Emma who came up with tonight's lovely pun).
And then it was 8 and we were saying our farewells, assuring Janet and Eileen we'd return soon.
Come and join the powerhouse team that is Eileen and Janet at the Cranbrook Community Food Garden this evening.
Following on from our last visit several weeks ago, Janet's been back in touch to ask if we can return to clear the area by the garages; rake the whole garden area, and continue trimming back the hedgerows.
Why are we doing this?
The Cranbrook Community Centre and Garden is a hive of activity, home to many groups throughout the week, and a thriving, popular garden space for all locals to enjoy.
Janet and Eileen tend to the Comunity Centre area, including the immediate garden, and sometimes need a hand during the Summer months, when the garden is at its finest (and most overgrown).
Always, a lively, active and very fun task, this is a fantastic way to start the week.
What you need to know
We will meet at the gorgeous Town Hall Hotel to leave belongings and warm-up, before running the short distance to the Community Centre.
If you'd like to meet us directly at the task, you can make your way to the Cranbrook Community Centre, Mace St, Globe Town, London E2 0RB for 7pm.