Brahma Pochee

GoodGym Newham

This is Not a Drill

Wednesday 30th November

Written by Brahma Pochee

Winter weather during a winter run, whilst not headline news, it's nice to feel the seasons after a mild old autumn. A last minute flurry of sign ups got us to a solid seven. "If you could heighten any sense - which one and why?" We all just used the question rather practically, as if the wish could be granted, offsetting our sensory decline with age; hearing and seeing better the clear favourites. Our winner this week goes to Brad, who'd continue to be blind as a one-eyed bat, but would rather have a sixth sense to see ghosts, obviously.

Off to The Up Garden we went, discussing along the way super-auditory benefits, reproductive biology and Reynolds tubing. After a few mins waiting we began a large list of jobs, emptying plant pots, filling plant pots and tubs, putting drainage in plant vessels, digging in stumps and laying scaffold. All in half hours work, we rattled through it as we do, not too much to report in hindsight, which is perhaps no bad thing.

Next week is our Crimbo Social - sign up here. We'll play some games, have a feed and plenty of laughs - get on down!

Till then,

B

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Keep It Shrimple

Wednesday 23rd November

Written by Brahma Pochee

Our task changed, as did our route, late yesterday afternoon, when Basia informed me of a crane at Cody Dock that was hogging all the fun. No problem; a call later to Jimmy at Nomadic Gardens and we had a back up plan ready to roll out.

Ruth, Rosa and I, jogged the 'long' way round to the gardens, because we just bloody love the miles. Hils and Kev intercepted us outside and we rolled in together. A two course menu for the evening, a wood chip spreading starter to warm up the muscles. Hils, Kev and I loading the wheel barrows in rhythm as Ruth and Rosa spread the contents. The main course was a new one, painting an old shrimping boat, armed with a variety of colours and given unusual autonomy - we set about the making our mark. We painted most of the available wooden structures, with a punchy unsymmetrical style, allowing for a vibrant haphazard chic look - all the rage, darling.

Think we did a pretty stellar job, hopefully the work stands the test of daylight! Ruth and I seemed to get more paint on ourselves than the boat - let's see if this 'acrylic' paint comes off eh.

Next week I'm trying to lock in Cody Dock, just awaiting confirmation, should have the rest of year wrapped up today too. Any task requests just let me know.

Till next week,

B

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Salt of The Earth

Wednesday 16th November

Written by Brahma Pochee

A biblical battering of rain began just before the start of our session. I quietly expected everyone to cancel... I will never doubt you fine, hardened folk again. I couldn't conceive of a fresh Random Weekly Question on route, perhaps due to directing all focus on pushing forth into driving heavy rain, perhaps not. We did discuss favourite biscuits, a recycled golden oldie. Choc digestives for our returning mate, Lil. Custard Creams for Matt and Shaz. Oreos for our returning-to-regular-runner, Charlotte, though she now goes by Char. Ginger biscuits for Gualti and Bourbons for me, fun fact - I used to dip these in apple juice as a kid, oh that sweet sugary rush. Lemon Puffs, this week's undisputed winner for being so very niche, Kev's a hipster and he doesn't even know it.

Over to Abbey Gardens we went, skipping puddles unsuccessfully and stoically chatting away, as the weather tried to beat us into submission. Alice and Hils were awaiting us, we got given the instructions and off we went. Excavating one of the beds; shovelling the heavy saturated clay soil out and 'carefully' ripping apart the bed frame. It was hard work, wheelbarrows were filled, shovels were dug in tirelessly, heavy loads were transported precariously and huge rotted wooden frames were snapped innovatively. A roaring success; turning horrific conditions into an incredibly productive - and I'd go as far to say, fun - evening. There's an undeniable and unspoken bonding that occurs on those character building days, unique to those people at that time and place. You my friends, smashed it.

Next week, we dash off down the canal to Cody Dock, sign up 'ere

Till then,

B

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Hue Did It

Wednesday 9th November

Written by Brahma Pochee

North London was once again buzzing with the football hordes, I'm not sure if that's why my train didn't run, but that's who I'm blaming. I jumped back on my bike and through the Arsenal swarms, to reach the West Ham crowds a few miles further east. Considering we were missing both GGN power-couples to different Canary Island holidays, the clan still showed up with decent fire-power. Gualtiero's first session, a local to Sugar House Island, a trail runner and now a painting virgin no more! Great to have you with the clan dude, hope you had a decent first session.

We discussed "what's bad on the outside but good on the inside?" Run-down cafes and grim looking bars that are gems inside. Durian Fruit, apparently a bit of a stinker, but lush fleshy fruit inside. This week's winner has got to be... Stratford.

Hils met us at Bygrove, after a small wait - where I wondered if they remembered we're coming - we got buzzed in by the Headteacher, Fiona. We assessed the previous job and dived straight into it. There seemed to be a method of sorts that organically formed, a couple of folks on each section, painting an alternating three posts a 'different' hue of green. I think it worked for the most part, besides when I had a small breakdown in the middle and lost all faith in the concept of colours, do they even exist? As the pictures show we got a decent amount done, perhaps we lock in a next session soon so we can get another coat on those posts.

Next week we head to Abbey Gardens to help deconstruct a massive compost box, I expect simple heavy-lifting and hard-work on this session - sign up here and get stuck in.

Till next week,

B

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The only way is UP

Sunday 30th October

Written by Sharon Prince

Kevin and I ran the short distance to UpGarden dodging the puddles

Amy had arrived and was already helping re pot some of the plants.

Suz had a small list for us to complete prior to the launch event this morning.

Pallet moving was the first job,to be placed under the water bowsers so enough space to fill the watering cans.

Lots of bright coloured plant pots needed filling with soil ready for visitors to join in with some planting Kevin and Amy did an awesome job as I went of to place some information signs to ensure people could locate the garden. Final job was to fill the wheelbarrows and place them near the large planters so the children could help plant the donated plants.

We finished just as the first visitors came through the gate to be able to enjoy the activities in place to help launch this new community garden in Newham

UpGarden

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Mad As A Box Of Frogs

Wednesday 26th October

Written by Brahma Pochee

Seven chatty folks congregated at base, such was the gushing flow of conversation it was a challenge to get to the traditional weekly question in " what's ostensibly nice on the outside, but rotten and bad on the inside?" Food seemed the obvious answer: cheese and onion pasties, soft mushy apples shining bright, dry tangerines. We also had: my twin brother, trickle-down economics and Rishi Sunak. A solid array of food preferences, economic theory, political distrust and familial mocking in one fell swoop.

A midweek dose of covert group gardening, under the darkness of tree canopy and a fallen sun, the team set about the eleven tasks swiftly. Team Prince chopping and harvesting the succulent cherry tomatoes. Hils and Will did a solid stint on the compost turning, trying not to impale the frogs living there. Rosa smashed through the watering task...she didn't even scream once due to spiders, oh no wait, she did. But hats off for facing the fears. Charlotte, did a bit everything, swept a few leaves, pulled a few courgettes out and ate a few tomatoes. You can't hold her down, like a talented number 10 that needs freedom and support to express themselves.

Well in guys, you did manage to complete all the jobs with plenty of time to spare. Next week we head to Nomadic Gardens for our second session, sign up here

Till then

B

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