0 Month Streak
18 Month Streak
Wed 7th Feb at 6:30pm
I like to think of myself as a somewhat organised person. I write little lists. Stick post-its on my laptop. Even have a calendar.
I've done all these things for a while. My brother once said - Alex, you're pretty organised.
Yes, I believed all of this. Took it in. Swallowed it whole.
Yes, until... I met the wonderful Juliana from the Library of Things on Wednesday evening.
I could tell everyone was impressed. Stacks of leaflets. One for each volunteer. As well as maps. Highlighters. And. A tripod for a steady, clear, and beautiful photo.
I was tempted to say - I write lists - but I just couldn't, folks.
But soon my organisational envy shifted as I looked ahead and forward to our evening. We were soon joined by the awesome Alex and brilliant Dan (who was completing their first good deed - congratulations and hoping to see you again!), and we then settled into hearing more about the inspiring things The Library of Things do.
They're a wonderful social enterprise on a mission to make borrowing better than buying for people & planet – more affordable, convenient, socially-rewarding & kinder to the planet - and they now have two hubs in Camden - one operating out of Kentish Town Library and the other based at the Kilburn Library Centre.
Our task was to help spread the word. Splitting up into three teams, we each targeted different streets around Maida Vale and St John's Wood, popping bright and informative leaflets through letterboxes of folks who could well benefit from a little Library of Things magic.
Back together after 50 minutes of work, John and Jackie took a good bunch home and will be doing another round on Sunday 18th Feb - sign up here if you're interested!
A big thank you to Juliana and Maddy for making this evening possible, and I hope we can help out again soon :)
Great work, everyone!
Wed 24th Jan at 6:15pm
I'd arrived home after last week's group run. I'd boiled the kettle. I'd poured hot water and made tea. I'd tried gloves indoors - double socks too - opened all toes and all fingers - closed them - and repeated...
...and yet... they remained solidly - unrepentantly - painfully... numb!
Oh the difference a week can make. I feel quite smug. Sat here, with tea, and warm warm warm!
This evening was a joy. And that was because of the lovely people who filled it - thank you, all.
Six of us gathered at our usual spot outside the Francis Crick, and it was lovely to see Camden core regulars Jackie, John, and Steve, and we were very pleased to welcome Jo for their first good deed (welcome!!) and my wonderful old friend, Alex!
A short warm-up and meander through Bloomsbury later, and we arrived at the American International Church to our second group of lovely and eager Goodgymers, namely Emily (great to see you back in Camden!), Jess (welcome to the group!), Camden regular Lici, and Suze (great to have you join us this evening!)
Met and welcomed by the wonderful Brooke, we were told that the shelter was busy and full this evening, which meant 18 beds needing assembly and making, and our group got to things happily and swiftly.
Along the way, we found sparkling props (hello Penny the Penguin!) and instruments, left behind by a West End musical using their space for rehearsals; played bed-tetris as we discovered the optimum way to comfortably lay out multiple beds; and all marvelled (again!) at Jackie's wonderful duvet donning skills!
Across 25 minutes, our group left a space fit to welcome the AIC's guests, and I felt grateful to have enjoyed everyone's company this evening.
Here's to next time!
Wed 24th Jan at 6:15pm
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