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




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
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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.