Sunday, July 21, 2019

Work party tomorrow, 3:00!

Hi Brit Neighbours,
It'll be a hot one, but we will need to water. Sarah's away for a week (July 22-29). Watering will be nice and cool.
Hope to see you Monday, July 22, 3:00 or so.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Work Party tomorrow (Monday July 15), 3:00

Hi Brit Neighbours,
There will be a work party in the Greenway tomorrow, 3:00. 
There are potentially a few new people who will be joining us. 
Do bring any gardening equipment you have that you'd like to use — secateurs, rake, trowel, kneeling pad, gardening gloves, weeding bucket, etc. — and I'll bring leaf bags. Eric always brings a wheel barrow and some larger tools.
We're always done by 5:00 or earlier.
Hope to see you there!
Penny



Sunday, July 07, 2019

Work Party in the Greenway, Monday, 3:00

Hi. We'll have a work party in the Greenway tomorrow, 3:00.
I won't be able to make it (celebration of life for a friend who died recently), but it will go ahead unless it's really pouring rain at 3:00.
Go! It's fun!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Happy Canada Day! No work party July 1st!

No work party in the Greenway on Canada Day! A day off! Enjoy!






Sunday, June 23, 2019

Work Party, Greenway, tomorrow (Monday Jun 24), 3:00

See you then. Weather permitting. If it's actually raining, cancelled.
Otherwise, yes!
:-)
Penny

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Work Party in the Greenway, Mon June 17th, 3:00

Hi.
Work Party in the Greenway tomorrow afternoon (Monday June 17th, 3:00).
Hope you can make it.
The Brit Neighbours' East Van Garden Tour was today and was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who helped out with it. We're [almost] a well-oiled machine!
A fun day and we made enough money to support our needs for the year.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, June 10, 2019

Work party today (June 10th) at 3:00!

Come if you can.

And, if you haven't already done so, don't forget to get your tickets for the East Vancouver Garden Tour, this coming Sunday!
And check out the Britannia Neighbours plant sale, behind 1122 Semlin Drive, at the Great Grandview Garage Sale on Saturday, too.

Cheers,
Penny

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

2019 East Van Garden Tour, June 16th!

Get your tickets now! Just click on the link below and you can buy your tickets online at Eventbrite ($15 per person + a small service charge from Eventbrite...)




Sunday, June 02, 2019

Work party, Greenway, 3:00 tomorrow (June 3)

June! Hope you can make it tomorrow — weather permitting, as usual — but it sounds like it should be pretty nice.
Cheers,
Penny


Monday, May 27, 2019

Work party today — Monday, May 27th — 3:00, Greenway!

Hi.
If you can make it today, we'll have a work party. 3:00.
It's perfect weather!
Neither Paul nor Christine will be able to make it today, but we should be able to muddle through without them for one day!
Pease do come if you can. No need for RSVP.
:-)
Penny


Monday, May 20, 2019

No work party today...

Too cold and wet!
See you next week!
Penny

Work Party today, 3:00, Victoria Day, weather permitting...

Hi Brit Neighbours,
It's a bit gloomy out there this morning, but if it's not raining at 3:00, let's have a little celebratory work party.
Come if you can. No RSVP required.
:-)
Penny







Sunday, May 12, 2019

Work party tomorrow in the Greenway, 3:00

Hi. Please join us if you can, tomorrow (Monday), 3:00 in the Napier Greenway.





Thursday, May 02, 2019

Work Party Next Monday (May 6) at 3:00...

Please join us next Monday, weather permitting.




Sunday, April 28, 2019

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

Hi Britannia Neighbours,
It seems pretty likely that the weather will be nice tomorrow.
Come to the Greenway at around 3:00 (Monday, April 29) and we'll have fun, tidy it up, trim and rake, weed, etc.
If you have tools, bring them.
If not, we have some.
Cancelled if the weather's terrible.
Cheers,
Penny

Here are the big pile of "veggie mix", our Eric, and Stephen, the fellow who delivered the soil two weeks ago. It's all spread in the beds now!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Work party in the Greenway Mon April 22, 3:00

Come if you can!
Cancelled if raining at 3:00. Although it does look like it might rain all day!
:-)
Penny

Here are Eric ... and Steve, the fellow from It's About Thyme, who delivered the pile of veggie mix to the Greenway last week. We had great turn-out for the work party and dealt with all the soil by about 4:30.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Important Work Party, Monday April 15, 3:00!

Hi Britannia Neighbours,

We are getting a load of City compost delivered to the Greenway tomorrow (Monday) between noon and 2:00, and the weather is supposed to be pretty good … The quicker we can move it into the garden beds, the better. It seems it will be raining for the rest of the week, so if we have many hands tomorrow, with many shovels and wheel barrows and buckets, we should be able to get it done.

Also, we’re having a visit from Liz Nowatschin, the City’s Green Streets Coordinator, and her supervisor tomorrow to talk with us about Margaret Mitchell Plaza … and also what they can do to improve our greenway.

So… there’s a lot happening tomorrow, and if there was ever a day that you thought you might like to drop by the greenway to lend a hand, we’d love to see you. Invite your friends, too!

If you have them and it’s easy for you, please bring your own shovel, wheelbarrow, buckets. Many hands do make light work! 3:00-5:00, Napier Square Greenway. 

Thanks! 
Penny



Sunday, April 07, 2019

Work party Monday afternoon, 3:00

Hi Brit Neighbours,
We'll have a work party tomorrow afternoon, 3:00, weather permitting.
If it's actually raining at 3:00, cancelled.
Christine and I went to Garden Works last week and got a couple of "Rose Glow" Barberry shrubs to put in the greenway to deter people from cutting across the garden beds to get from the parking lot behind Choices to the front entry of the store.
So we'll plant those.
And do a bit more clean up and prep for a load of City compost that will be delivered soon.
Come if you can. No need to RSVP.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, April 01, 2019

Work party today, 3:00

Howdy,
It's supposed to rain for a few days starting on Wednesday, but today should be perfect weather for a work party. Please join us if you can.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, March 25, 2019

Work Party in the Greenway today (March 25), 3:00

Hello Britannia Neighbours,

It's SPRING and there's lots to do and fun to be had in the Greenway. Please do join us.

No need to RSVP about work parties. Just come if and when you can. We gather most Mondays at 3:00, weather permitting.

Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, March 17, 2019

First work party of the SPRING!

Hi Britannia Neighbours,
Let's meet tomorrow at 3:00 in the Greenway and do a bit of tidying up and see what we want to do this Spring and Summer.
Thanks to everyone who showed up every week all last year … and here's hoping we can do it all again this year!
We generally meet Mondays at 3:00. Bring gloves, rake, kneeling pad, trowel, etc. if you have. Otherwise, just come.
Cheers,
Penny

britneighbours@gmail.com

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Munchkin!


Look at this darling little girl saying "Cheese" in front of the lacecap viburnum that some kind soul decorated for the holidays in the Greenway!

Monday, November 26, 2018

A bit of raking... 3:00, Nov 26th

If you're up to it, stop by the Greenway at 3:00 or so with a rake … and we can move some of the leaves out of the way and clear a path.
We won't bag any leaves up … or do anything else.
Short and sweet!
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, November 19, 2018

Letter we sent to the new Mayor and Council


16 November 2018

To Mayor and Council:

We have recently been informed that the “Napier Square Greenway” at the corner of Napier Street and Commercial Drive in East Vancouver has been or is about to be re-named “Margaret Mitchell Plaza”. We were surprised that we weren’t consulted about this decision, considering that our group of local volunteers, Britannia Neighbours (http://britannianeighbours.blogspot.com), worked with the City in 2000 and 2001 to create the Napier Square Greenway and our group has faithfully maintained it for the last 17 years.

As well, we have come to learn that this renaming decision did not go through the normal process of consultation, but was put forward by a previous councillor at an in-camera meeting and was agreed to by a majority vote without any community consultation whatsoever. Since we understand that community consultation is a priority with you, the incoming Mayor and Councillors, we are hoping that you will revisit this particular decision.

For your consideration, here are some relevant facts about the Napier Square Greenway:

When Napier Square Greenway was installed in October 2001, our understanding with the City was that they would install the Greenway, but that it would be the responsibility of “the community” (that is, our volunteer group, Britannia Neighbours) to maintain it — in perpetuity. Consequently,

·      Our team of volunteers meets for a work party every week, pretty much year-round, to weed, prune trees and shrubs, plant, transplant, rake up acorns, fertilize, and water in the Greenway.
·      We repair occasional damage caused by our being in such a high-traffic location.
·      We raise money through our yearly East Van Garden Tour (http://eastsidegardentour.blogspot.com) to pay for:
o  Garden tools, hoses, hose carts, nozzles, leaf bags, etc.;
o  A person that we hire through the Kettle Friendship Society to pick up litter in the Greenway every day;
o  A person to water the garden about twice a week during the summer months.
·      We clear the walkway of leaves, snow and ice as necessary in the fall and winter months.
·      We clean graffiti from the benches (and have even repainted them when necessary).

Napier Square Greenway has been part of the City’s Green Streets Program since it was installed. We are therefore concerned that changing its designation from “greenway” to “plaza” may make it ineligible to remain in the Green Streets Program, whose staff have long been a valuable and appreciated source of information, support, and assistance to us.

Margaret Mitchell is a worthy recipient of recognition, but we would like to suggest the new name be assigned instead to the “central gathering space” proposed in the Britannia Renewal Master Plan, and that our Napier Square Greenway be allowed to retain the name that it has always had.

Respectfully,
Britannia Neighbours in Action(including Christine Allen, Louise Allen, Sandy Anthony, Dana Cromie, Ann Daskal, Linda Denning, Janet Harper, Paul Kjekstad, Seonaid Lamb, Anna Matthew, Eric Phillips, Penny Street, et al.)

cc: John Atkin, Chair of the Civic Asset Naming Committee
      Liz Nowatschin, Green Streets Program Coordinator
      Cynthia Low, Executive Director, Britannia Community Services Centre

Work party today (Nov 19), Greenway, 3:00

Howdy,
Work party in the Napier Square Greenway today. It should be nice and dry and we can rake up all the pesky leaves that have fallen since last Monday!
Hope you can join us.
Penny

Monday, November 12, 2018

Work party today, Mon Nov. 12, 3:00

Come if you can!
Bring a rake if you have one!

Monday, November 05, 2018

Work party this afternoon, 3:00

Hi folks,
There's a work party today (Nov 5) in the Napier Square Greenway, 3:00.
Unless it's raining.
Hope to see you there. Lots of oak leaves to rake!
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, October 29, 2018

No work party today...

Too WET!!
Have a good week!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Work party in the Greenway, tomorrow (Oct 29), 3:00...

Weather permitting. If it's rainy at 3:00, we'll cancel.
See you then, I hope.

Note the Parade of Lost Souls celebration happened at Brit last night and they took really good care of the Greenway! They roped off the beds and even had a guard on duty to make sure no one trampled the planted areas. Thanks to the organizers!
Penny

Sunday, October 21, 2018

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

Join us, if you can, at 3:00 tomorrow for some raking!!
I won't be there right at 3:00 myself but others will. I'll show up later with a couple of extra rakers!
Paul, I'll leave a pile of leaf bags on my front porch for you all. (And welcome home!!!)
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, October 15, 2018

Work party today (Oct 15), 3:00

Howdy Brit Neighbours,
Today's a gorgeous day in a marvellous string of gorgeous days. We have a few things to plant and a zillion acorns to gather up. Please join us if you can.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, October 08, 2018

No work party today!

Hi. It's rainy and chilly … and a lot of us are busy doing Thanksgivingy things today, so let's not have a work party. Next Monday should be a big acorn and oak leaves day.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Penny

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Work party tomorrow, Oct 1! Weather permitting...

Let's just say from 3:00-4:00. I went to the Green Streets Garden Party today and won some great bulbs that we can plant.
Got a bunch of free leaf bags, too, and a nice gardening tool.

Also, while I have your attention, there's an all-candidates meeting at Britannia tomorrow in Gym D, 5:00-9:00, mayor and council candidates. Dinner will be served (probably vegetarian or chicken chili, bannock, fruit, cookies) and you'll hear a short speech from each participating candidate and then have a chance to ask them questions.

Cheers,
Penny

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Work party on Monday (Sept 24), 3:00...

Letting you know early because I will not be able to make it.
3:00-4:00 or 5:00!
Hope you can make it.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Work party in the Greenway, tomorrow (Sept 17), 3:00

Join us if you can!
Cancelled if raining.
We're usually there from 3:00-4:00 and if there's lots to do and the weather's nice, we stay until 5:00.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Work party tomorrow (Monday Sept 10), 3:00

Howdy,
We'll have a work party tomorrow afternoon — unless it's raining really hard right at 3:00.
Hope you can make it.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Work Party in the Greenway tomorrow, Labour Day! 3:00!

Please join us if you can!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow, Aug 27, 3:00!

Hope you can make it.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Work party in the Greenway, Monday Aug 20, 3:00

Hi. We'll have a work party in the Greenway tomorrow, 3:00.
Please come if you can. If you have gardening things (gloves, secateurs, weeding tools, rake, etc.), please bring. If not, we've got.
3:00-4:00 for sure… Maybe longer.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, August 13, 2018

Work party Monday, 3:00!

Please join us if you can.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Work party, Monday, Aug 6th, 3:00

I know it's a holiday, but for folks who are around, we'll have a work party in the Greenway tomorrow, Monday, at 3:00.
If you have tools, do bring them (gloves, weeding tools, pruners, rake, bucket for collecting weeds, etc.); if you don't have tools, we usually have extras.
Hope you can make it.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, July 30, 2018

No work party, after all! Too hot!

Paul and I just ventured down to the Greenway but it's too bloody hot.
So if you were planning to come a bit later, don't bother. It's an oven down there.
:-)

Work party today (July 30), Greenway, 3:00...

Probably just for an hour or so. It's pretty HOT.
Come if you can. I'll bring bags.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, July 23, 2018

Work party today (July 23) ... One hour only! 3:00

It's pretty hot these days. We lasted about an hour last week, so let's plan for one hour today.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Work Party, Greenway, Monday, July 16th

Come if you can!
:-)
Probably just an hour or so. It's been so hot!
Penny

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Work party, Greenway, 3:00 tomorrow (Mon, July 9th)

Let's see if there's any recovery required after Car Free Day.
Come if you can.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, July 02, 2018

Work Party today! Monday, July 2, 3:00!

Come if you can.
The gates are locked, so we can't tend to the plants in the planters at the far west end of the Brit plaza, but we can tidy everything else up. Bring your own gloves, secateurs, rake, shovel, etc. if you have them.
I'll bring some leaf bags.
Cheers and happy Canada Day long weekend!
Penny

Monday, June 25, 2018

Work party today (June 25th), 3:00

Howdy,
We'll have a work party today at 3:00 (unless it's raining again… which they say it may be!)
Anyway, come if you can.
The usual!
Cheers,
Penny

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