Saturday, May 30, 2009

NYP Community Garden

Saturday, May 30th marked the launch to the Norwood Community Gardens at Linden Pointeon the Lateral.  I first heard of this idea from one of my favorite Norwood Blogs.  

Luckily the NYP was already on top of it and has secured us a plot - 12 W!  

This morning's planting and launch celebration started off with the usual invited guest speakers, the Mayor of Norwood and other local politicians, and a Neyer representative for donating the plot.  

12 W started off as a pile of dirt, but was soon transformed into a real garden.

The original planters - "Dr." Alex, Stacey, and "Norwood Adjacent" Nick

Our neighbor - His plot really loves compost!

More plots!

Our plot, completed!

Stacey was adamant about wanting to preserve all the tomato plants and make sure they all had a home - either in our garden or in one of the other gardens - despite ours not having enough trellises.

"Norwood Adjacent" Nick choose the stocky, thick carrot variety over the long and slender ones.

"Dr." Alex choose both red and orange peppers to add color to the garden.  

For those who are interested in sharing the in the NYP Community Garden experience, I've put together a very "detailed" map showing you just where plot 12 W is located at.:

Located in the Southern and Western most corner is the NYP Community Garden.

The veggies of our labor are open to all who want to help grown and tend to the soil of the plot. If you're free one evening, come and walk down to check out the NYP Community Garden and remember to give show a little love and attention.  

Thanks for reading,


Saturday, May 23, 2009

A House with a Name

I've always had the strange attraction and desire to live in a house that had enough character to earn it's own name.

As, of last week, I do now.

In preparation, asked a few friends for advice on what to name my house. The list was quite impressive:
Port of Change
The Running Lilac
Wuthering Heights
Canterbury Place
Octopus Garden
House of Nevermore
Pax Domini

However, the name I chose came from the recommendation from my friend Jess.
Wildfell Hall, stemming from the classic The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte after informing Jess that a young women would be renting my house for this coming year.

A brief summary of the plot:

1. Mrs. Helen Graham, a mysterious widow arrives at Wildfell Hall.
2. She is a source of curiosity for the small community.
3. Gilbert Markham begins an infatuation for Helen, and scandalous rumours and gossip about Helen run rampant amongst the people.
4. Gilbert and Helen have a misunderstanding and a small quarrel.
5. From Helen's diary we learn of her marriage to the abusive and adulterous Arthur Huntingdon.
6. Eventually, with the assistance of her brother Mr. Lawrence, Helen finds a secret refuge at Wildfell Hall, away from Huntgingdon - and later we learn of his death.
7. Years later, Gilbert and Helen reconcile and marry.

It seems that over the past three years, I've had quite a few number of tenants come to live in the house: Kristina, Sybille, Sandra, Catherine, Melissa, Mark, Becca, Joanna, Joe, Magda, and now Steve.

All of them have been great additions and have added their own personality and uniqueness to the house, helping to create and enrich my house's character.

I have similar hopes that my up and coming tenet, Chu Ri, will also continue to nurture the Wildfell Hall.

Thanks for reading,