This New Year Ramble 2019 was chilly and curious, and --curiously enough-- much enjoyed by all. These post festive walks often attract a goodly crowd, and 19 of us assembled bang on time at King George V station, one stop past London City Airport on the DLR. The station is named (of course) after the … Continue reading No place like Dome: New Year 2019
It's illuminating to look at the same places with one hundred years or so in between then-and-there and here-and-now. Here are some of the historic pictures in the two walks-into-the-past on other pages, juxtaposed with the same view this summer, 2018: LOOKING NORTH TO OCKENDON ROAD (first left after the pub) AT THE JOLLY FARMERS, … Continue reading Yesterday and Today: Compare the differences on Southgate Road
It's illuminating to look at the same places with one hundred years or so between there-and-then and here-and-now. Here are some of the historic pictures in the two walks into the past on other pages, juxtaposed with the same view this summer: 2018. (In summer, of course, the trees tend to obscure the differences, even … Continue reading Yesterday and Today: Compare the difference on Essex Road
Like most things, it was a happy accident..and an awful lot of hard work. In 1992, Romee's sister in Switzerland gave her one or two sunflower plants. Romee's garden faced north, so in a hurry to keep them alive she planted them in the space left around the crab apple tree in front of No. … Continue reading How the trees got their gardens
Hot at last, for the late May Bank Holiday, 2018. Here's a walk down the Road: But in the evening, the "Mother of Thunderstorms". More pictures, later in the summer..
They say the past is another country..and it's often in black and white when you look at the photographs. Here are a few postcards of Ockendon Road and the surrounding area some dating back--what?--100 years or more. Not sure when they were taken but if anyone can add more information, please do. The street seems … Continue reading A walk through the past: Going westwards to Essex Road
This poignant email was sent by Tony Campbell on 8th November: Dear Ockendon Road gardener. I am sorry to have to write with disappointing news. I do so on behalf of those who have been helping to look after those tree gardens that are not the individual responsibility of yourself and others. Sadly, advancing age … Continue reading Can the tree gardens continuue? A message from Tony Campbell
The last weekend in September often vouchsafes wonderful walking weather, but this Ramble was tremendous: sun, big skies, and breath-taking views over Sussex and towards the sea. Two feeder groups successfully conjoined at East Croydon; the curiously triangular station at Lewes was reached on time. Then a small select group of Ramblers embarked on the … Continue reading Autumn 2018: Up to the Downs
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A late June afternoon: blazing sun, the tree gardens in constant danger of drought, but some wonderful flowers. Why not come out and water the garden nearest to you? It's a sure way to change the weather!