Hi bloggers hope you've had a good week, suddenly it's September.  In England it feels like autumn has crept in.  The temperature has dropped and we've had very grey days, hopefully the sun will reappear soon. Having been on a discovery of a couple of London's secret gardens, I was delighted to read an article about communities transforming their areas.  The focus was on transforming neglected alleyways to create beautiful communal gardens.

Residents in one of the most densely populated suburbs of Leeds, Middlesbrough, decided to clean up an alleyway.  They cleared the litter from the streets and transform a dingy area into a beautiful space for people to enjoy.  They have created an oasis that provide pleasure for people of all ages.

It would appear that the concept of creating communal gardens, from derelict spaces has become is becoming quite common.  In Liverpool residents came together to create the shared space.  Neighbours cleared a space which was neglected and used as a dumping ground for rubbish and old items of furniture.  They rescued unwanted items from skips and renovated them.  Now they have a safe space where children are free to play and people can get together.

I read about an American woman from Illinois who decided to create a garden in a really poor area.  She generated enthusiasm with the children in the area, they had had experience of gardening and no idea where vegetables came from.   She wasn't an experienced gardener, but she was extremely determined.  The children were so delighted when they grew their first pepper, that they did a dance of joy.  They now produce lots of vegetables and enjoy sharing them with their families.

Bloggers I hope that you have a good week over and out London. However, a group of enthusiastic local residents are looking to take inspiration from a northern neighbour and transform the area into a gorgeous oasis where people can come tog

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Hi bloggers I really hope that the weather gets cooler for you it has been so hot and very exhausting for you all.   Here in England we have had storms and rain.   I was very moved by two news stories one about a young girl who has been working so hard to clean up her community. The other about the oldest man to get a degree in Italy both are inspiring.

Florence Parson a nine year old girl from Yeovil had a mission is to try to keep the Somerset town rubbish free.   She started litter picking five years ago, and her family have collected over 260 bags of rubbish this August alone.  Florence didn't want animals to be hurt by the laziness of human beings .  Her message is clear - put your rubbish in the bin or take it home.  

A 96 year old man Guisseppe Paterno became Italy's oldest  person to obtain a degree, first class in philosophy.   He had dreamed his whole life about getting a degree.

He was born into a very poor family and he had seven siblings.  It was not until 2017 that he finally enrolled in a History and Philosophy BA course at the University of Palermo.  The former railway worker finally achieved his dream stepping forward to receive his diploma and the traditional laurel wreath Italian students receive upon graduation.  What an achievement.

In last weeks blog I mentioned a couple of Londons hidden garden gems, well I've discovered another Postman’s Park.  It is a small park in the city of London.  It was officially opened in 1858 at the same time as the General Post Office and sorting office were built.  The park became a little ‘oasis of tranquillity’ for all the postal workers, who used to slip-off to it to have their lunch or just to simply take a break…….and that is how the garden acquired the name “Postman’s Park”.  It's a really beautiful little park.

Bloggers I hope that you have a good week over and out London.

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Hi bloggers I know it's extremely hot and humid for you I hope that you are managing to keep well and hydrated.  London is cooler, we have had torrential rain and storms, but much needed as the trees were shedding their leaves and the grass everywhere was completely brown.  Recently I have been visiting the small squares in central London, I did some research and there are numerous gardens that are hidden.   I shall make a point of visiting some of them.

 One I have been to it's really beautiful is The Chelsea Physics Garden.  The Garden is located behind walls and positioned close to the River Thames.  In 1673 the Society of Apothecaries chose their Chelsea village site for its proximity to the river to make the most of its warm air currents.   It gave them a base to moor their barge, allowing them to conduct plant finding expeditions in surrounding areas and to teach their apprentices to identify plants, those that might cure and those that might kill.  The River access allowed plants arriving from around the world to be introduced to the British Isles.  It really is a beautiful place.

The Barbican centre, a performing arts centre, located in the City of London is home to a magnificent Conservatory.   It houses more than 1,500 species of plants and trees and ponds which are home to Koi  and carp.  Which I will definitely visit if I'm nearby.

I read a really lovely story about a stray abandoned dog in Brazil.  The manager of a Hyundai outlet began feeding the dog.  The dog kept returning and one the hearts of the people who worked there.  They decided to adopt the dog called him Tuscan and gave him a job.  He is now in charge of meeting and greeting prospective clients. He looks so proud sitting at his desk.  I bet sales have gone up.

Bloggers please take care in the heat, over and out London.

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