Monday, June 18, 2018

Work party today, 3:00!

Come if you can!
Nice hot, sunny day.
:-)

Monday, June 11, 2018

Work party today, 3:00

Sorry to be sending this so late, but if you're free at 3:00, please join us.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, June 04, 2018

Work party today (June 4), 3:00

Join us if you can.
Cancelled if raining really hard (unlikely, but would be welcome!).
:-)
Catherine Neill, from the City's department strategizing about how to maintain public plazas, will drop by.

Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Work party tomorrow, Monday May 28, 3:00!

Hi.
Hope you can make it. Come if you can.
I won't be able to come because we're picking up our new dog, Jessie, in Bellingham on Monday afternoon! She's flying in from El Paso, Texas (via New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Idaho!).
But I'll leave a few leaf bags on my front porch on the rocking chair for the first person who comes by to pick them up.
See you all *next Monday for sure.
Great news: Rummen will be doing the watering for us again this year; she got the cupboard key from me yesterday and watered yesterday as well, so you folks probably won't need to water. See what you think.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, May 21, 2018

Work party today, Greenway, 3:00!

Come and help out if you can!
Penny

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Work Party tomorrow (Monday, may 14th), Greenway, 3:00

Hope to see you there! There's a bit of tidying up to do post-Stone Soup.
A few things got trampled.
But the Oriental poppies survived!



Penny

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Work party tomorrow, May 7!

Weather permitting. Our spectacular lacecap viburnum is blooming! So are the oriental poppies.






Monday, April 30, 2018

Work Party, Greenway, 3:00 today (April 30)

Weather permitting. If it's raining, no go!
:-)
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, April 23, 2018

Ikebana Spring Show!

Jane Hood, who used to be really active with Brit Neighbours, asked me to post this ad for her Ikebana group's show. Admission by donation. Workshops!

Ikebana Spring Show!

Work party today, 3:00, Greenway!

Hi Britannia Neighbours,
Work party today (Monday, April 23rd), 3:00, Greenway! Hope you can make it. Should be a beautiful day.
Cheers,
Penny

Friday, April 20, 2018

Fwd: Don't forget - Green Streets Plant Swap - This Saturday!!!


From: GreenStreets
Subject: Don't forget - Green Streets Plant Swap - This Saturday!!!
Date: April 20, 2018 at 12:03:19 PM PDT
To: GreenStreets Green.Streets@vancouver.ca

Hello Green Streets Gardeners!
I hope everyone is having a lovely week and enjoying some of the spring blossoms and bulbs that are coming up. This is a reminder that the Green Streets Annual Plant Swap is happening this Saturday! Find details below.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
1:00 to 4:00 pm
Tupper Neighbourhood Greenway
500 Block East 23rd Avenue
(Between Carolina and St. George)
·         Swap plants & pick-up compost
·         Listen to live music, meet fellow gardeners & enjoy fun craft activities
·         Get information and advice about gardening & garden initiatives
·         Support the Tupper Neighbourhood Greenway
Bring plants, seeds, and bulbs to swap. Please label your plants. I will have some markers and tags available to do so. If you don't know what your plants are there will be Master Gardeners to help with plant identification, as well as fellow gardeners. 
If you don't have plants to swap come by anyway and meet your fellow gardeners  and chat with the many knowledgeable people participating in the event.  There will also be the opportunity to get free plants after 3:30 as there are often leftovers. 
·         Students from Sir Charles Tupper Secondary will be volunteering by helping with set-up, providing fun craft activities and live music!
·         The Tupper Integrated Neighbourhood Greenway Association known as T.I.N.G.A. will be present to tell their story, invite you to upcoming gardening days and share their beautiful space.
·         The Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions and help you identify plants.
·         The Green Infrastructure team, from the City of Vancouver, will be on hand with information on Green Infrastructure and the Rain City Strategy as well as Bioretention maintenance guidelines for infiltration gardens.
·         Riley Park Community Garden will be there to share what they are doing and let you know how you can take part.
·         Village Vancouver is bringing their seed library and seed saving advice, and to promote their upcoming cooking and gardening workshops.
Hope to see you there!!!
Have a great weekend and happy gardening!
Liz Nowatschin
Green Streets Program Coordinator, Community Gardens Coordinator, Street Horticulture| Street Activities
Engineering Services | City of Vancouver

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Work party tomorrow (Monday), 3:00!

Hi Brit Neighbours,
Work party tomorrow (Monday, April 16), 3:00! As usual, weather permitting. If it turns out to be cold and rainy, cancelled.
If you can make it, bring your tools (kneeling pad, trowel, rake, gloves, secateurs, etc.)...
Paul's got an adequate supply of leaf bags.
I won't be there tomorrow myself because we have a vet appointment in Langley at 2:00. But after tomorrow, I'll be there future Mondays, for sure.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, April 09, 2018

Work party in the Greenway today, weather permitting!

Come to the Greenway at 3:00 today (Mon Apr 9) if you can.
If it's raining, cancelled.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Weather permitting, Work party in the Greenway tomorrow, 3:00

Hi folks,

Today was glorious. If tomorrow's nice, there will be a work party in the Greenway at 3:00, April 2. If cold/windy/miserable/wet, consider it cancelled.
Steve and I are going to look at a potential new dog tomorrow afternoon, so I will have to miss our work party, but I'm sure a few of you will show up.


Here's a real sign of spring — musicians performing in the Greenway this afternoon (photo: Christine). Too bad they're also standing in a planted bed; they apologized.


Cheers,
Penny


Monday, March 26, 2018

No Work Party today -- too grim and wet and cold!

Hi Brit Neighbours,
Today's work party cancelled…
See you next week perhaps.
Hope for nice weather!
:-)
Penny

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Work Party tomorrow (Monday), 3:00, Napier Greenway

Join us if you can.
Weather permitting. If it's freezing and/or raining/hailing, let's postpone, but if it's halfway nice, we'll do it.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, March 19, 2018

A new year of work parties in the Greenway!

Hello.
We'll have our first work party of the Spring today in the Greenway at 3:00.
Come if you can! No need to RSVP. Bring your own gear if you have it (gardening gloves, rake, secateurs, etc.).
Let me know if you'd like me to take you off this e-mail list … If you've never volunteered in the Greenway before, it's fun, it's just for a couple of hours week, it's a jolly bunch of people, and we keep the Greenway beautiful for the whole community to enjoy. Satisfying work!
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, January 22, 2018

Snow drops in the Greenway ...

Spring! Coming soon to a Greenway near you!


Monday, December 04, 2017

No work party today ... or any day ... until Spring!

Hello dear Brit Neighbours,
The consensus was that as of last week we are essentially done for the season… We'll resume regular work parties again in the Spring — the weather will determine when we start up again.
Hope you all have a splendid holiday season and enjoy the wintry greenery in the GREENway! Do let me know if you notice anything weird happening down there. Right now, for instance, you might notice that someone has dumped a double La-Z-boy-type couch down alongside the back entry to Sweet Cherubim. Also, someone had decorated one of our art poles, right up alongside the front sidewalk alongside Sweet Cherubim, with two seatless dining chairs. I'll see what I can do about getting those taken away. 
Otherwise, things look pretty good.
All the best,
Penny










Sunday, November 26, 2017

Work party tomorrow, Nov 27, 3:00, weather permitting...

Hi Brit Neighbours,
If it's not raining at 3:00-ish, we'll have a work party in the Greenway. I'll get more bags and bring some.
What do you think? Should this be the last work party until early spring? It's getting pretty cold and wintry out there. Friday is December!
Maybe we should have a Brit Neighbours holiday celebration sometime after Paul gets back.
Hope to see you tomorrow.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Work party Monday (Nov 20), 3:00, weather permitting...

Different weather websites call for different scenarios for tomorrow. If it's as vile as it was today, we won't have a work party. If nice … or at least not raining … at 3:00, we'll have a work party.
Hope to see you there!
Greenway, 3:00. Leaves!! Leaves!! Leaves!
Penny

Monday, November 13, 2017

Work party today, 3:00!

Howdy,
There will be a work party today in the Greenway at 3:00. We have a few things to plant that need to go into the ground. And raking! With the big winds last night, there will be many leaves on the ground.
I won't be able to make it today, myself. But I believe Eric will be there with his truck and a few plants.
It's a blustery day. Enjoy.
Penny

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Work Party in the Greenway tomorrow, Monday Nov 6, 3:00

Hi everyone,
Hope you can make it tomorrow for a work party. We can do some raking and leaf-blowing and weeding and pruning. I'll bring bags. If you have a rake or secateurs or any other gardening tools you like to use, please bring them.
I bought two extension cords for Choices and their leaf blower and delivered them to James the other day.
Anyway, tomorrow, 3:00 until it's too cold or dark…
Happy Pacific Standard Time!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow, Monday, 3:00

Hello, everyone,
We'll have a work party in the Greenway tomorrow, Monday (Oct 30), 3:00. Please come if you can. We've got a bit of compost to shovel and move, but we will have an official "shoveller" — Maria's friend Alex — so we can let him know where the compost should go and we can, meanwhile, rake and weed and tidy up.
Eric is away for a few days, but he's already taken care of about 2/3s of the compost. Thank you, Eric!

The Parade of Lost Souls was last night, but the Dusty Flowerpot people who put the event on did a really good job of protecting the Greenway. The only damage I could spot when I went down there today was the bed outside of the 55+ Centre was quite trampled and the cosmos there were damaged. But the cosmos season is just about over anyway, and they're annuals, so no big loss. I'll plant more next summer.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow (Monday, Oct 23)

Hi, Brit Neighbours,

We'll have a work party in the Greenway tomorrow (Monday, Oct 23). I have one small Nandina to plant … and there's always a bit of raking and weeding.
Happily, now that we're into rainy season. there's no further need to water. Thanks to Rummen and Patrick, nothing died this year, even though it was ridiculously dry.

If you can make it tomorrow, see you at around 3:00!
Cheers,
Penny

PS - Look at this gorgeous shrub behind our book exchange (Napier and Salsbury)! Anyone know what that is? We should get a couple of those for the Greenway. What a fantastic colour at this dreary time of year!






Monday, October 16, 2017

Work party in the Greenway today...

Hello Brit Neighbours,
Let's meet this afternoon (Oct 16th) — rain or shine — at 3:00 because we have Liz Nowatschin, the new Green Streets coordinator, coming to meet us and see the Greenway.
If it's raining, which seems very likely, we won't meet for long, but let's show up.
I'll have one thing to plant (a Nandina that I'm picking up at Figaro's today) and I'll bring a few leaf bags just in case it's still dry enough to scoop up some oak leaves.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, October 09, 2017

Work Party in the Greenway this afternoon, 3:00!

Please come if you can. Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everyone!
Penny

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Work party tomorrow (Monday, Oct 2), Greenway, 3:00

Hello Brit Neighbours,
A bit nippy tonight! Time for some autumnal activities in the Napier Greenway!
We have a few bulbs to plant and Christine and I bought a few plants at Figaro's this week, which we'll bring along, so we can put those in too. 
And we can do a bit of weeding, raking, pruning, etc.
Hope you are able to join us.
The usual!
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, September 18, 2017

No work party today! Too cold and rain imminent.

No work party today! Too cold and rain imminent.
Next Monday, okay?
:-)

Weather permitting, work party today, in the Greenway, 3:00

We will have a work party today … but only if the weather is really nice at 3:00.
If it's not, see you next week.
:-)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Work party in the Greenway today, 3:00!

Hope you can make it!


Sunday, September 03, 2017

Work party, Greenway, tomorrow (Labour Day!), 3:00

One thing we need to do is decide what plants we should buy to plant in the Greenway and in the planters when/if it starts to get a bit cooler.
See you!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Work party tomorrow (Monday), 3:00

Hope you can make it to a work party tomorrow, Monday, afternoon, 3:00.
And whether you can make it to the work party or not, next time you're in the Greenway, feast your eyes on Victoria's completed mural on the side of Choices — pomegranates, cherries, blueberries, leeks!
Cheers,
Penny





Saturday, August 19, 2017

Work party on Monday afternoon, 3:00

Howdy Brit Neighbours,
If you're around and able, please join us on Monday at 3:00 or so for a work party in the Napier Greenway.
I'm sending this out early so I don't forget.
And also don't forget that Monday, from 9:05-10:18 a.m. is the solar eclipse (partial for us).
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, August 14, 2017

Work party in the Greenway today, 3:00

Work party this afternoon (Monday, Aug 14) at 3:00!
Hope to see you there!
Penny

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow at 3:00

Hi Britannia Neighbours,
Monday, August 7th. It's a holiday. But if you're free, join us for a work party in the Greenway at 3:00.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, July 31, 2017

Work party today (Monday, July 31, 3:00) !

Greetings, Brit Neighbours,
If you're around and able, please join us at 3:00 or so for a work party in the Greenway this afternoon.
The usual!
Penny

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Work party tomorrow at 3:00 -- as usual!

Hello Brit Neighbours,
Work party in the Greenway Monday, July 24.
Please join us if you can. We start at 3:00 or so and finish before 5:00.
If you have tools (kneeling pad, weeding tools, secateurs, rake, gardening gloves, etc.), please bring them.
Cheers,
Penny




Sunday, July 16, 2017

Work party tomorrow (July 17) in the Greenway at 3:00

Hi Brit Neighbours,
Hope you're able to come out tomorrow, Monday, at 3:00 for another exciting work party in the Greenway. I'll take some leaf bags.
If you have tools (trowel, kneeling pad, rake, secatekurs, etc.), do bring them.
If you have any ladybugs, bring those too. There are lots of aphids in the oaks and the Greenway is getting sticky. I always forget that this is the sticky season. Maybe we should buy some ladybugs.
Thanks to thorough watering by Patrick and Rummen, all our plants seem to be surviving this dry stretch quite well. So good.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow (Monday), 3:00

Hi Brit Neighbours,
As usual, we'll have a work party in the Greenway tomorrow, 3:00-5:00. Please join us if you can.
There will be a bit of clean-up after Car-Free Commercial Drive, which happened today. I hope there isn't too much damage. I checked things out at around 1:00 and asked a few of the participants to remove their gear from the garden beds. Most were gracious. One woman argued with me. Shrug.
Patrick will be watering tomorrow. Not sure what time.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, July 03, 2017

Work party today in the Greenway, 3:00!

Hope you can make it!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Work party in the Greenway, Monday, June 26, 3:00

Hi.
Please join us if you can. Bring tools — pruners, kneeling pad, rake, broom, weeding tool, whatever you need — if you have 'em. I'll bring garden-debris bags.
3:00 in the Napier Greenway.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, June 19, 2017

Work party in the Greenway today, 3:00

Hi Brit Neighbours,
As usual, we'll have a work party in the Napier Greenway today at 3:00. Please join us.
Bring your gardening tools if you have them (kneeling pad, secateurs, trowel, etc.). We have some leftovers from Saturday's plant sale to put in.
Also, we had a magnificent Brit Neighbours fund raiser, the East Vancouver Garden Tour, yesterday (perhaps the best turnout ever, which is pretty amazing, considering the weather) … so we have the wherewithal to pay for Melanie who does our litter clean up and Rummen and Patrick who will be doing our watering this summer.
All's well!
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, June 12, 2017

Work Party Monday, 3:00

Come if you can!
Same as usual, 3:00-5:00 or so.
Bring tools if you have them.
We now have KEYS TO THE CUPBOARD!
:-)
Penny





Sunday, June 04, 2017

Work party in the Greenway Monday, June 5, 3:00

Please join us if you can. Bring tools if you have 'em. 3:00 in the Napier Greenway.








Sunday, May 21, 2017

Work party tomorrow (Monday May 22), 3:00

Hi Brit Neighbours,
It's a long weekend but some of us are around. Come over to the Greenway around 3:00 and we'll weed, prune, think about what plants to buy, celebrate the sunshine.
Bring tools if you have them.
Cheers
Penny




Thursday, May 11, 2017

Work party in the Greenway next Monday (May 15), weather permitting...

Hi.
Unless the weather's bad on Monday afternoon (May 15), there will be a work party at 3:00. 
Join us if you can. No need to RSVP.
As usual, bring your own tools if you have some, but, if not, we can provide.
Roughly 3:00-5:00.
This past Monday we were serenaded by a fine violinist! Hope she comes back!
Cheers,
Penny



Sunday, May 07, 2017

Work Party in the Greenway, tomorrow, May 8

Hi folks,
As usual, we'll have a work party in the Greenway tomorrow, Monday, May 8th, 3:00-ish.
I just walked by the Greenway a minute ago, and there's a big movie crew there making a commercial about some kind of American peanut product, maybe peanut cereal?
Anyway, I had a word with the Location Scout, Nick Rappard, and he assures me that they will treat the garden with kindness (even though they are shooting until after dark and they won't be able to SEE very well when they are cleaning up).
We shall see. I have Nick's card if we need to deal with him afterwards.
Anyway, come to the Greenway tomorrow if you can, and bring your gardening things if you have them.
Cheers,
Penny




Monday, May 01, 2017

I should have said "weather permitting" for the work party today...

Hi Brit Neighbours,
Unless there's a dramatic turn-around in the weather, let's NOT have a work party today.
I know Eric's unavailable today.
And right now it's raining really hard.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Work Party in the Greenway tomorrow, 3:00

Hi.
If you're around and able to join us, please come to the Greenway for a work party tomorrow — May 1 (May Day! May Day!) — at around 3:00. Choices has extended its side wall, there's a bit of weeding to do, we could plant a few flower seeds, decide on a few plants to buy.
Bring your gardening tools if you have them — secateurs, kneeling pad, rake, shovel, gloves, etc.
No need to RSVP — just come if you can.
Cheers,
Penny

Species tulips in the Greenway!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Work party today, 3:00

Hi folks,
Hope you're able to come out to the Greenway today (April 24) for a work party. We start at 3:00-ish and end before 5:00.
Same as usual — bring tools if you have them (gardening gloves, secateurs, trowel, kneeling pad, rake, shovel, broom, what have you) but if you don't, we have extras.
Looks like it'll be a nice afternoon (although rain is predicted for tomorrow and Wednesday).
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow, Monday, 3:00, April 17

Please join us in the Greenway tomorrow if you can.
Bring your tools if you have 'em.
3:00-ish until 5:00-ish.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Work party, Greenway, 3:00, April 10th, Monday!

Hi folks,
We're into spring and we've started having work parties every Monday at 3:00. Please join us whenever you can.
As usual, bring your gardening equipment if you have any — gardening gloves, secateurs, kneeling pad, weeding tools, rake, broom, whatever.
We usually start at 3:00 or so, and we rarely work past 5:00.
See you tomorrow!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Work Party in the Greenway, 3:00, Monday!

Tra-la! It's spring!
Work party in the Greenway tomorrow. Come if you can. Bring shovel, rake, trowel, secateurs, kneeling pad, what-have-you. We have a pile of compost to move. Not a very BIG pile, and if there are lots of us, it won't take too long to redistribute it.
Cheers,
Penny

Thursday, March 23, 2017

First Napier Greenway work party of the Spring!

Hello and Happy Spring, Brit Neighbours!
On Monday (March 27), 3:00, let's have a work party in the Greenway and see what we need to do for the Spring. 
We did receive some money in compensation for the damage done to the Greenway last Halloween, so we can purchase a few substantial shrubs. 
We also need to get some trees/shrubs for the planters in the courtyard.
We've asked Greenstreets to deliver a yard of compost — not sure when it will come...
And James at Choices may be able to reserve Choices' power washer and we can schedule a washing of the mosaics and the benches in the next few weeks.
Anyway, the first of many enjoyable and productive Mondays. An assessment work party.
Hope you can make it. Come if you can. Don't feel guilty if you can't!
Cheers,
Penny



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

City of Vancouver Snow Removal...

Hello Brit Neighbours,

Below is some background information on the City’s Snow Response that I was asked to send to our Brit Neighbours Group. I have phoned 3-1-1 and have gotten the Greenway added to the list of City-owned properties that require special  attention (since we are an emergency access route, and the entrance to an elementary school as well as a secondary school, a public library, a seniors centre, and a community centre).
Cheers,
Penny
__________________

We are encouraging community groups to get the message out to clear their sidewalks, help neighbours who are unable to clear their sidewalks and provide the messages below. The City’s snow clearing priorities include major roads, bus routes, bridges, emergency access routes, the 15 most used bike routes, and sidewalks around schools and hospitals. As mentioned, if additional help is needed for snow removal in the area normally maintained by Britannia Neighbours volunteers please contact 3-1-1 or report through the VanConnect App or on the City’s website. The area can be added to the list of City-owned properties that require additional attention for snow clearing and sand/salt application. Also, please let your group know about the Snow Angel program and how to request help or become a volunteer. More information on the Snow Response and Snow Angel program is available at: http://vancouver.ca/snow.

This email address (commmunitysnowremoval@vancouver.ca) has been set up for our team to connect with community group leaders and organizations to help provide information and answer specific questions. Phone calls can also be forwarded to the City’s 3-1-1 service centre.

Sincerely,
Christine Edwards 604-871-6356

Transportation Planning Branch
City of Vancouver



City of Vancouver – Snow Response

It has been an unusually wintery winter, and we are expecting more snow in Vancouver and another couple of weeks of cold.

With the potential of more snow falling over the next couple of weeks, we wanted to ensure that everyone is safe and reaching out to help neighbours who may be in need. The City has contacted our community organization with the following information about snow clearing.  

Clearing sidewalks is the responsibility of residents and businesses outside of their properties, and with snow and ice covering most of the city, it will require all of our involvement to assist in its removal.

Tips for clearing your sidewalk:
1.       Shovel off any remaining ice or snow that is on the sidewalks or driveways in advance of the next snowfall.
2.       Lay salt down on sidewalks and driveways prior to the snowfall. This will help to melt the ice and make it easier to remove.
3.       While salt helps to break up ice and snow, it is not a replacement for snow removal. Shovel new snow as soon as it falls to prevent build up and melting into an ice crust. If you can, get out early in the morning before the morning commute will help ensure that snow isn’t packed down and will make it easier to remove.

The City’s snow and ice clearing priorities include major roads, bus routes, bridges, emergency access routes, and the 15 most used walkways and bike routes.  For more information see the attached link: http://vancouver.ca/snow.  

Please let me know about hazardous areas in our neighbourhood and I will forward these on to City staff in order of priority. If you would like to report an issue to the City directly, please call 3-1-1 or use the VanConnect app on your mobile device and through the City’s website. Together, we can ensure that all residents in our neighbourhood are able to travel safely during this cold and snowy winter.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Top of the Season to you all!

Many thanks to the heroic efforts of Eric, Greg, Dana, and James for providing an ice-free pathway through the Greenway to Britannia during the snowy stretch! Hope you all have a great holiday season. We'll resume our Monday work parties when the weather starts to warm up a bit — maybe March?
Ho ho ho and Cheers,
Penny


Monday, December 05, 2016

No work party today -- Snow Day!

:-)

Monday, November 28, 2016

One-hour work party in the Greenway today at 3:00

Hi folks,

Let's have a short work party today (Nov 28). I think most of the leaves have finally fallen from the oak trees. 
The weather is going to be really nice today before it starts raining again tomorrow.
So … if you can make it today, 3:00-4:00!

We are planning to order and pay for the replacement plants soon … so this may not be the last work party before winter sets in. But other than that, there won't be much to do until the weather starts warming up again.

Cheers,
Penny

One-hour work party in the Greenway today at 3:00

Hi folks,

Let's have a short work party today (Nov 28). I think most of the leaves have finally falled from the oak trees. 
The weather is going to be really nice today before it starts raining again tomorrow.
So … if you can make it today, 3:00-4:00!

We are planning to order and pay for the replacement plants soon … so this may not be the last work party before winter sets in. But other than that, there won't be much to do until the weather starts warming up again.

Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Let's not have a work party tomorrow...

There aren't many leaves left. We don't have replacement plants yet. It may well be raining. Let's not do it.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, November 14, 2016

Work party in the Greenway this afternoon, 3:00

Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! So far, we've managed to keep pretty good control over the leaves. There are more today and more in the trees. I've got lots of leaf bags. Come if you can. If you have a rake, please bring it.
The weather forecast is "partly cloudy", so it probably won't rain, but the leaves are wet and will be heavy. (If it IS raining at 3:00, no party.)
Cheers,
Penny

Last week in the Greenway — James, Paul, Seonaid, Sue, Eric!



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Resolution!

Hi Brit Neighbours,

Eric and I had a really excellent meeting this afternoon with Jenny from Dusty Flowerpot and Ellen, the Arts programmer at Brit about the damage that was done to the Greenway on the night of Oct 29th when 400 or so people crowded into the Greenway and trampled all the plants.

Christine and I went down earlier today and made a list of the plants we felt we needed to get started patching the holes and trampled bits. 

I phoned both Gardenworks and Figaro's and got approximate costs for the largest specimens we can get at this time of year. The two stores' prices were very comparable.

The estimated total came to $412, and Jenny said they would pay whatever it cost. 
I said we'd buy the plants and send them an invoice with the receipts. 
The $412 is just a guess until we actually have the plants, but that's the ballpark.

They're very apologetic and gracious … and next year (1) they will meet with us before the event, (2) for the event itself, they will fence off the planted part of the Greenway so that no one can trample plants in the dark, and (3) they will have a couple of volunteers stationed in the Greenway wearing safety vests and ushering people through the Greenway with flashlights.

I'm very satisfied with the outcome. Hope you are too.
See you for a work party on Monday. I'll send a fresh announcement of that on Sunday or Monday a.m.

Penny


Replacement plants for those trampled during the Halloween party in the Greenway:

Estimated prices from having talked to Gardenworks & Conor at Figaro's

·      1 hydrangea (mature) — $50

·      3 decorative ferns — $25 each — $75

·      3 choisya sundance (to fill in newly created "paths") — $25 each — $75

·      3 skimmia with variegated foliage (mature) — $30 each — $90

·      4 hostas (squished and surrounding soil compacted) — $13 each — $52

·      2 hellebores — $35 each — $70

Total without tax $412


We also need, for the cement planters down in the Brit courtyard (but Dusty Flowerpot shouldn't have to pay for):
2 large mahonias (one from Eric?)
2 large pines  (evergreens and with pointy pine needles to repel kids) to replace the two horrid-looking witch hazels
1 rugosa to add to the other one that is in the planter by the ginkgo
6 smallish prickly Oregon grapes to put in the planter with the ginkgo so kids will leave the ginkgo alone. (The baby tears in the ginkgo planter can be moved to another planter or to the Greenway.)

Monday, November 07, 2016

Work party in the Greenway today, 3:00 (if it's not raining)

The CBC says the rain will ease off this afternoon. If it's not raining, let's have a work party and rake up some of those leaves.
See you at 3:00 (today, Monday, Nov 7th...).
Hope you can make it.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Work party tomorrow, 3:00...

Hi Brit Neighbours,
We'll assess and repair the damage done to the Greenway by the hundreds of people piled into the Greenway in the dark during the Dusty Flowerpot Halloween event last night … and make plans for fixing things. Lots of trampled plants and new "pathways"...
Unless it's raining like mad at 3:00, we'll be there. Join us if you can.
Cheers,
Penny

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Hi Brit Neighbours,

The Dusty Flowerpot people whose Halloween event two years ago caused the whole Greenway to be trampled … just allowed it to happen again!

Ellen, the Arts & Culture programmer at Britannia, says that she had instructed the event organizers (Dusty Flowerpot) to keep the crowds out of the Greenway and to make sure they stayed down on the paved area in the Britannia courtyard (outside of the library and the info centre). 

When Steve and I went down to see what was happening at about 9:30 tonight, there were literally hundreds of people in the Greenway, walking/standing all over the planted beds.

Anyone who wants to use the Napier Greenway for an event or activity needs to apply to the City for a permit. No one applied for a permit. Brit Neighbours is generally notified if someone has applied for a permit to use the Greenway. The Greenway is never an appropriate venue for an after-dark event because the participants can’t see what they’re stepping on.

Grandview Park was essentially empty tonight and is a big flat greenspace that really works for a crowd. The Greenway doesn’t. In the dark, the plants all get trampled.

Steve and I think that from now on, for any Dusty Flowerpot Halloween event, the garden areas in the Greenway should be fenced off with construction fencing … and the fence rental and installation/removal should be paid for by the event organization (Dusty Flowerpot).

We’ll go down and check out the damage tomorrow in the daylight.

We’re really disappointed and angry. This has happened before (in 2014) and Dusty Flowerpot apologized and swore that it would never happen again.

I’ll report tomorrow on specifically how much damage was done.

Penny

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Work party in the Greenway, tomorrow (Monday), 3:00

Please come if you can. Leaves to rake! Weeds to pull! Nuts to gather! Decisions to make about what to put in the readied planters!
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, October 17, 2016

No work party today!

The forecast is for rain all day. Let's not do it!
See you next week!
:-)

Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Work party tomorrow, 3:00, but only if it's not raining!!

Hope to see you there.
Cheers,
Penny

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Fwd: Big pile of compost!

Hi.
We've got a big pile of compost in the Greenway that we need to move. 
So please, if you're around on Monday at 3:00 and not cooking a big Thanksgiving dinner, come join us in a work party to move the compost to its designated spots. Eric covered it with a big tarp so with any luck it hasn't turned to mud, and we're ready to go. Bring a shovel and/or a wheelbarrow if you have them.
Cheers,
Penny



Sunday, October 02, 2016

Work party tomorrow (Monday, Oct 3), 3:00

Please join us for a work party in the Greenway tomorrow, 3:00.
I've got quite a few bulbs that we got at the Green Streets Garden Party that we can plant, and we can dig out some more roots in the bamboo/grass planter and strategize about replanting that and doing something with the one next to it.
Cheers and see you tomorrow!
Penny

Saturday, September 24, 2016

SURPRISE! Work party in the Greenway, Monday, 12:30 instead of 3:00!

Hope you can make the 12:30 timeslot. We've been given a couple of very nice Japanese maple trees and we need to put them in the ground somewhere in the greenway. Also, we can start to dig the roots out of the planter that had the tall/dying bamboo-like grass in it to prepare it for something else, something more structural and less attractive to kids…
Please come if you can!
12:30, Monday, Sept 26th.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Work party tomorrow (Monday Sept 19), Greenway, 3:00 (weather permitting)

Hi Brit Neighbours,
As long as it's not raining at around 3:00 tomorrow, we will have a work party in the Greenway. I've got a couple of leaf bags.
At least we won't need to water!
See you then, I hope.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Work party, Greenway, 3:00 Monday (Sept 12th) -- as usual!

Hope you can make it!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Work Party, Greenway, 3:00 Monday!

See you there!
Penny

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Work party on Monday Aug 29th ...

Hi all,
Please come to a work party in the Greenway on Monday Aug 29th, 3:00.
I won't be able to make it this time, but I'll leave leaf bags and the hose tap-key in the basket on my front porch (Paul, maybe you could pick them up on your way down?). Louise and Paul both have keys to the storage cupboard.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, August 22, 2016

Work party today, 3:00!

We'll have a work party today. Please come if you can!
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, August 15, 2016

Work party in the Greenway, 3:00

Hi folks,
Hot work party in the Greenway today, 3:00. Ivan's been watering every couple of days, so watering shouldn't be an issue.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, August 08, 2016

Work party in the Greenway this afternoon, 3:00!

Hope you can make it. (Cancelled if raining hard.)
Penny

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow, 3:00

Hi Brit Neighbours,
Please come if you can. I might not be able to make it — I've got a 1:30 appointment that might overlap. But it should be a great day for a work party. Come if you can!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Work party tomorrow, Monday, July 18, 3:00!

Lots to do. Hope it's a nice day. Come if you can. Cancelled if pouring rain, which doesn't look likely.
Penny


Monday, July 11, 2016

Work Party in the Greenway today, 3:00!

Unless it's raining hard…
See you there!
Penny

Monday, July 04, 2016

Work Party today at 3:00 (unless it's raining hard)!

Please join us if you're free.
Penny

Monday, June 27, 2016

Work party today, Greenway, 3:00!

Hope you can make it.
Penny

Monday, June 13, 2016

No Work Party this afternoon!

Hi folks,
It's kind of rainy. Let's not have a work party today.
Not that much to do. Italian Day had a "PIAZZA" in the Greenway yesterday, but I think they treated it well. We might want to check it out.
Cheers,
P.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Work party tomorrow, June 6th, Monday, in the Greenway!

3:00 as usual.
Come if you can, and if you have them, bring weeding tools, secateurs, kneeling pad, rake, etc.
I might be a bit late myself but I'll be there.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, May 22, 2016

No Work Party on Victoria Day Monday!

See you all next week (May 30th).
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Work party tomorrow, 3:00!

We'll have a work party tomorrow at 3:00. 
I'll bring some plants that flower like this:
The only downside is that it's hard to tell the difference between these non-invasive morning glories and the pernicious bindweed.
Maybe if we plant them in one specific spot with something to climb on…
See you there!
Penny


Monday, May 09, 2016

Work party today (Monday May 9th), 3:00

Hi folks,
Work party today in the Greenway, 3:00. There will be a bit of tidying up to do post-Stone Soup, I think. Sandy worked with Ivan to train him to water the Greenway yesterday, so that's all done.
See you at 3:00 if you can make it.
Penny

Monday, May 02, 2016

Work Party today, Greenway, 3:00!

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow, 3:00!

Hope to see you there.
Penny

Monday, April 18, 2016

Work Party, Napier Square Greenway, 3:00 today!

Perfect day to do a little work in the Napier Greenway! If you can make it, we'd love to see you. Bring tools if you have them; if not, we've got lots. I'll bring garden-waste bags.
3:00 today, April 18th.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Work Party tomorrow at 3:00 (weather permitting)!

Hope you can make it to a work party in the Greenway tomorrow at 3:00 (assuming it's not raining — if it is raining, no party).
No need to RSVP. Come if you can!
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, April 04, 2016

Work Party Today!

We'll have a work party in the Greenway today, as long as it's not raining at 3:00.
I may be a bit late myself, but I will be there.
Hope to see you!
P.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Work Party tomorrow (Easter Monday), 3:00, weather permitting!

Hi Brit Neighbours,
I hope you can make it tomorrow at 3:00. Bring tools if you have them. If not, we have them. I'll have leaf bags and rakes and a broom.
Cancelled if it's raining at 3:00.
Cheers,
Penny


Monday, March 21, 2016

Work party this afternoon, 3:00...

As long as it's not raining!
Cancelled if raining.
Penny

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Work Party in the Greenway, Monday March 14th, 3:00!

Come if you can!
(Cancelled if it's raining!)
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, March 06, 2016

First Britannia Neighbours Work Party of the Spring?!


If the weather is nice tomorrow (Monday, March 7th) at 3:00, we’ll have a work party in the Greenway and do a little assessment of what needs to be done and make some plans for the Spring and Summer.
Please join us if you’re available. As usual, bring your favourite gardening equipment — gloves, kneeling pad, weeding and pruning tools, rake, trowel, etc. — whatever you like. I’ll bring some leaf bags.
If it's raining at 3:00-ish, we won’t do it.
Fair-weather gardening!
Cheers,
Penny

Saturday, January 02, 2016

No work party on Monday!

Jane Hood, who is kindly donating a pile of nice river rocks to us for the Greenway, would prefer we move them in the Spring, so we won't need to have a freezing-cold work party on Monday after all.
Here's to a very happy new year to you all, and hope to see you soon.
Cheers,
Penny

Stanley Park (and a tiny end of the Lion's Gate Bridge) from West Vancouver...