Friday, 23 November 2012
In a particularly hidden spot below a bridge, sheltered by over hanging trees,
The Lewisham Natureman can be found drinking from a tributary of the River Quaggy [possibly the Middle Kid brook.] in Lee Green, Lewisham.
Monday, 19 November 2012
The River of Words competition was a local poetry competition in 2006.
Here is the winning entry.
Quaggy: hidden behind back gardens and privet.
Brickwalled, low. A road over which rivulets
Quietly slide inches deep. Culverted,
A sluice. A ditch to pitch the stolen bicycle,
Scoured and vacuum-sucked by tractors in autumn.
But while we looked away, below the station,
The grey-backed bobbing birds have come to stay.
The balance on bricks, pick the debris, chatter safely
Shaded by buddleia; run along its concrete rim;
Occupy their own secluded mountain stream.
And in the upturned shopping trolley
The mitten crabs raise woolly claws,
Wait for rainstorms, are flung towards the Thames,
Shed their skins that float on foam and confluence,
Then scurry uphill home to lurk in drains.
Paint and oil gutters in -
Slicks, sticks, dilutes, decays.
Summer comes. The lime trees drip their glue and greenflies.
Ducks swim by from parks to ponds. Seeds, butterflies,
Are carried from woodland to wasteland. And we pass by.
Thursday, 8 November 2012
Last week i cycled with two friends down our great river to visit the Margaret Ness Lighthouse. It is the first of the nine beacons along the Thames from the City.
[ pictured in my previous entry; Nine Beacons of the Great River.
Notice the stencil over the warning sign and the flotsam and jetsam washed up along the banks.
... and further down river near Crossness, we passed two old dubs; 'EGOR' and 'EWOK'.
This was the name of the incomplete dub in the wild corner in Lee, SE12.
Though the lettering is different. Is this the same Tagger? Was still a surprise to spot in another wild place, but so far away.
This picture of the river and its first settlers, was in the middle of a long, blank concrete wall opposite Crossness Pumping Station, also know as 'The Cathedral on the Thames'.