Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ashfield Park...


cancelled due to heavy rain

The annual festival held in our local 19th century park is full of grand trees, old school flower beds (either roses, geraniums or canna lilies) and Pheonix palm trees. The Carnival celebrates the diversity of people that live in the area and the paths are lined with plenty of community stalls and food stands. Well unfortunately not today...

I like others still went to collect our annual 3 free plants! This year again was only natives and I think there was a better choice of smaller shrubs (how the birds will be happy to have more Grevilleas about !) I am not sure about my particular choice... they are pretty but whether they will take to my shady clay and dry garden we will see. Here in front of a jade plant are my 3 newbies from left to right: Lomandra longifolia (because of its "strongly perfumed flowers"), Austromyrtus inophloia - blushing beauty and Dianella hybrid - silver streak.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

totals from the clean up

Update on last Sunday's cleaning up of some miscellaneous urban detritus can be seen here at the GreenWay website 
- so the totals were 24 of us filling up 30 bags for example of posters, plastic and glass bottles
- then extras that included an old plastic chair, a wooden gate and a child's bike... 
-  we personally found a lot of clothing!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Clean Up Australia Day

A small group of volunteers today dispersed along the greenway in Summer Hill for a clean up of discarded roadside rubbish... What amazing variety of clothing and junk found and I naturally collected some bits to take back home. 
"How about this?" asserted by the two working alongside me who were intuitively well in tune to the aesthetics of what deemed to be good litter for my art projects and then true garbage to be bagged. Finally back to the supervisors of the Greenway Sustainability Project, Jo and Adam and Shirley (pictured) for our reward of a freddo frog chocolate which was much appreciated.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

flotsam and jetsam

today's finds...

For a while I have been gleaning along the greenway - an urban green corridor that runs from Iron Cove, a bay on Parramatta River, through the inner west of Sydney to the Cooks River in Earlwood. Actually I only walk along the one end... that is from Hawthorne canal to Cardigal Reserve in Summer Hill. I am quite excited to do the rest but it will probably be by bike as its on the road for the rest of the way to the Cooks River. A great description of this greenway and others around the world can be found via Friends of the Greenway.

One of the things I collect is the discards of our everyday living from local council throw outs to roadside litter with the intention of making some art from it.

more to show and tell later....