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London Gardens 2010 in Walthamstow (part 2)

In Events on June 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm

So after the Martyn Cox garden we went over to the next street, Maynard Road, to see the garden of Don Mapp (

The first thing you notice is that the front of the house is adorned with plants. Not many houses will have carrots and strawberries growing on the front wall! The front garden is oriented to vegetables and herbs, with the railings to the adjoining property doubling as a long pot holder for herbs. The front garden path also has fetching relief shapes in the concrete.

The back garden is a lot more spacious than the previous garden we visited and with most of the plants around the outside of it creates a much more open space. There is a small spa pool which has a bordering mosaic with compass points marked in it, like it is one big garden ornament! There is a small coi pond which is very pretty and there are of course lots of plants, with quite a few exotic looking ones.

Wall garden

Plants grow right the way to the top of Don's house!

Don's front garden

Don's front garden has lots of edible foliage!

Spa pool

The spa pool also has the feel of a 'water feature'. You can see the openess of the garden past it.


An example of the exotic mix of plants.


‘London Gardens 2010’ in Walthamstow (part 1)

In Events on June 29, 2010 at 9:34 am

So this weekend was the London Gardens event run by the National Gardens Scheme. The event means lots of privately owned gardens across London open to the public for a small fee which all goes to charity.

So avoiding the Sunday World Cup match my partner, her mother and I headed over to the village. First stop was Brunswick Street where we viewed the work of famous urban gardener Martyn Cox. He has written books about any small urban garden can be a big success.

He’s certainly managed to make his 30ft x 15ft back garden a wonderful place. As well as a small patio there is a lovely shaded footpath down the middle bordered on one side by a railway sleeper wall. Down the end is a small green house and lots of pots mounted on some old wooden steps. There’s even a small, near hidden pond with a plastic duck. Everywhere there are a massive variety of plants, all very visually interesting.

We then had lovely tea and cake in their kitchen and I further admired Martyn’s work in the pot plants that densely inhabited every window sill!

Rock garden

A very pretty rock garden based in what seems to be an old sink.


The density of plants is very high. Maybe it's a metaphor for urban living? 🙂

Railway Sleeper wall

The wall to the flower bed made out of new railway sleepers (apparently recovered ones can have bitumen in them)

Pots on Steps

A clever use of some old steps leading 'over' the back wall. The shady space underneath is used for storage.


A little pond, hidden away. You can just see the little duckling on the right.

The World Cup in the Town Square

In Events on June 28, 2010 at 10:57 am

While walking through the tow square yesterday afternoon we found a number of chairs facing the big screen:

Chairs ready - note the ones in the shade already taken on that warm day!

Chairs ready - note the ones in the shade already taken on that warm day!

But when we came back that way we passed this lot just in time to see the England goal:

Seconds after scoring

Seconds after scoring

The crowd watches

The crowd watches

Watching from the back

Watching from the back

It was really nice to see the big telly being used to bring the community together. I’ve been generally against it but now it is there at least it got used for the Olympics and now football.

Forest Road Hindu Temple

In Places on June 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I’ve been meaning to talk about this one for a while. This Hindu temple appeared a couple of years ago on Forest Road, near the junction of Higham Hill road. I just love how incongruous it looks in this East London street.

Forest Road Temple

From across the road.

Forest Road Temple

Detail of the doorway

Forest Road Temple

The large double doows

Forest Road Temple

Oblique angle shot.

Local Bands

In music on June 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm

How about some local music?

The Stow are a mix of Indie pop, Hip-Hop and a touch of Ska. They won last year’s Metro newspaper’s ME competition beating hundreds of other bands. Bouncy and fun.

Led Bib got a nod at last year’s Mercury music awards. Jazzy, funky and odd.

And no, I’m not going to mention East17!

Football comics

In Events on June 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I read about this in the Walthamstow Guardian but as it will only be open this coming weekend (and the one just gone) I’ll post about it now.

Anyway as a comics fan I was very interested to read about the display of some original Football comics art to promote a book about them by a local author. I’ve never been to the Inky Cuttlefish galleries off Blackhorse lane so I’d like to go.