Tuesday, June 2, 2009
gardens and new friends
Two posts for the price of one today! These are some of the shots taken in the "secret garden" I mentioned, one we would not have discovered if we were taking the Tube, but rather the result of some serendipitous wandering. it's a small gated garden -- the Phoenix Garden -- apparently one of the last communal gardens from those begun in the city in the 1980s. We just happened to spot it on a little side street as we made our way towards Leicester Square. What a delightful find. Hard to believe this peace could be found so close to very busy streets. We found several very good ideas here for translating to our own garden -- a brilliant berm-ish/retaining-wall creation made of stacked newspapers is one I'm definitely copying. And Pater's got an idea for a new pond.
She's already scooped me, but here's my version of yesterday afternoon's meeting with IndigoAlison -- I sometimes wonder why I keep up this whole blogging enterprise and I have some questions about how well represented we are on these screens, but meeting Alison after getting to know her through her blog after the last year or so was a validation of the process. Interesting, çause we'd just come from the National Portrait Gallery, which has centuries of artists' attempts to capture the essence of their sitters -- in a way, I had assembled my own portrait of Alison from her writing. I'm not sure that meeting her in person got me any closer to really knowing her -- we're much more complex creatures than can be grasped through any one meeting or any 400 posts! But I very much enjoyed her company for the afternoon, as did Pater, and I feel quite sure we'd be friends if we lived closer. What am I talking about? We're friends already . . . we just don't see each other often!