Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Edible High Road last year, there were plans afoot to run an Edible Askew Road, our very local 'high street', we felt we had to be part of it. Cathy Maund, Director of the Hammersmith Community Gardens Association, took up the role as official leader, in charge of all the grown-up stuff and everything horticultural. A band of us (latterly known as the three musketeers) took on the challenge of designing the publicity materials and devising a treasure trail.
Chelsea Fringe festival, it is a feel-good community project to put fruit trees along the Askew Road, promoting the idea of fresh, locally grown food, support our native bees and butterflies and generally beautify our patch. Early on Saturday morning the lovely little fruit trees were delivered to all the shops taking part.
We sponsored ours to go at Long Live Vintage in exchange for a 3 week 'residency' in the shop. By 11.00am we were set up on Starch Green (yes, our local green is called Starch Green) with our Treasure Trail table ready to go.
Albert & Friends Instant Circus troupe, who performed on the Green and went up and down Askew Road on stilts and unicycles to spread the word. The library was running activities all day and the Askew Road Church had a plant sale.
Twitter read like a dream: 'The Askew Road was buzzing', 'I went into two shops I've never been in before,' 'I've never seen Askew Road so busy.' The Eagle, opposite the Green, had a barbecue out the front and many wandered over there for a drink, lunch or ice-cream.
Finlay Brewer or the Askew Road Library. And we're even doing a special trail for some of the local schools to keep them busy over half-term. Many thanks to all who have donated 'treasure': Rococo Chocolates, Seed Pantry, Seedball, Divine Chocolate, W6 Garden Centre and Hammersmith Community Gardens Association. And of course, thank you to all the shops, cafes, restaurants and businesses that have sponsored a tree. You'll have to walk up Askew Road, W12, to see who they all are - and what they were 100 years ago...
Photos by the third musketeer, Annie Pennington, whose trees for Digitalplot and Askew Business Network are outside Askewine.
Monday, 22 April 2013
Friday evening was a delight. Jonathan and I went to an evening at the V and A entitled, "David Bowie changed my life," a conversation between Robert Elms, Gary Kemp and David Baddiel guided by the gentle questioning of Krissi Murison, ex-Editor of the NME and now at the Sunday Times. The four of them sat in front of a huge projection of Bowie in his mesmerising 1973 Rites of Spring costume by Kansai Yamamoto; sometimes the red background of the image catching the heads of the speakers, casting shadows like tiny nibbles out of the bottom edge of the photograph. Elms and Kemp were on familiar ground, rolling out well-honed anecdotes entertainingly, and with a memory for who was where when perhaps embroidered over time - but who am I to contradict? Baddiel was less of an obvious fan-boy, a tad younger, so with a slightly different perspective but also a genuinely funny person. He added a sharpness of wit and also reminded the panel, after a long rift on clothes and haircuts, that what really makes Bowie stand out is the quality of the music over a long period of time. Too right. Baddiel felt he also shared a slight feeling of alienation with Bowie, or perhaps Ziggy. Elms's quip of, "But your eyes are identical" received the cutting reply from Baddiel, "Yes, but you should see my balls!"
Meanwhile our youngest was across the road at the Natural History Museum enjoying the delights of 'Dinosnores'. She was lucky enough to have been invited with a group of her best friends to a birthday party staying overnight under a diplodocus - how cool is that? They had a great time, decorating t-shirts, learning about deep-sea monsters and even fitted in a session on mini-beasts after breakfast on Saturday morning.
Dexy's at the Duke of York's in St Martins Lane. Having seen them on Jools Holland's Later I was impressed with Rowland's new image and loved the almost operatic nature of the performance. I booked tickets on a whim when I saw the ad in the Metro. As we sat in the stalls awaiting the start we began to feel a slight murmuring of, shall I say, discomfiture? Our last visit to the Duke of York's had been to see Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall in the exquisite Constellations - we pondered on a Venn diagram of 'people who were at Constellations' and 'people at this Dexy's gig' and cogitated on the fact that we might be the lone couple in that intersection. It hadn't occurred to me that there were Dexy's fans (sorry Dexy's, sorry fans) and that most of those fans would be men in their forties (?) who were not unfamiliar with a Carlsberg, and whose bladders had forgotten how to last a set. Unfortunate details perhaps.
Anyway Kevin Rowland's voice is extraordinary and marvellous, and sometimes beautiful. The first half of the concert with the new material was exciting and gripping, full of energy and I loved Madeleine Hyland's brilliant performance, Big Jim's (as we soon learned to call him from our enthusiastic neighbours) trombone and the repartee of 'our Pete'. We were also very keen on their sartorial style. We were lost a bit in the second half when they played more Dexy's standards as we were unable to sing along with every word (thanks again seats O5, 6, 7,8 and 9 and a few in row P), and although they did a reasonable rendition of 'Geno' there was no 'Wilson' or 'Eileen'.
A more appropriate supper back home of a shared bag of chips bought on the Goldhawk Road and a fried egg - with tomato ketchup, and there was still Sunday to look forward to...
|Toffee enjoys the sunshine in Ravenscourt Park on Sunday|
Thursday, 7 March 2013
Monday, 21 January 2013
Coming up on 12th February is the next Greenside Arts Lecture - the entertaining Dr Aileen Reid will be talking about Emery Walker. Walker is less well known than another significant Hammersmith resident, William Morris, but was very influential in both Morris's Kelmscott Press and the resurgence of private presses in the early twentieth century.
He founded the Doves Press with TJ Cobden-Sanderson, where they created beautiful, simple books. Edward Johnston contributed calligraphy to their projects.
7 Hammersmith Terrace, where he lived from 1903 - 1933, is the best example of an Arts & Crafts furnished house in Britain today and is open to the public from April to October. Aileen will be telling us more about the house and the circle of friends and artists that lived in the area and frequented the house.
Monday, 7 January 2013
A photo essay of our lovely Open Studio on 1st December 2012 by Freddy Mercer - thanks to our terrific children and brilliant customers for making the day so full of warmth and kindness.
Friday, 23 November 2012
Angie Lewin's Plants and Places, "a record of past travels, places and plant studies," from Angie's sketchbooks. The book shows brilliantly how Angie takes her inspiration, draws from nature and then works up ideas for prints and textiles. More recently Angie has started working more in watercolours, the completed painting being an end in itself rather than just 'notes' for a design.
Bircham Gallery in Holt. From then on we found out more about Angie and St Judes. A friend of ours in Norwich had been long enthusing over the St Judes Gallery, then in Aylsham - but we'd never quite got organised enough to get there. Since then we have met Angie and Simon a few times, in Itteringham and London - and very lovely they are.
Ravilious and friends in the age of lithography'.
Overall a lovely book that gives a glimpse of the 'behind the scenes' life of an artist and a rich tapestry of visual delights.
We're open from 11.00am until 4.00pm Sunday 2nd December. Looking forward to seeing you then.
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