Spring time blooms at Nymans Gardens, Handcross, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6EB

There were so many flowers out at Nymans today.  It was a beautiful day March 8th 2014, the first warm day of the yearImage

Galanthus Pussy Green Tip. A Wild snowdrop  originally from the banks of the ThamesImage

I was surprised to see  Rhododendron flowering in early March.

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Spring hardy Camellias welcoming the bees

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Pulmonaria officinalis

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Pulmonaria rubra “Bowles Red”Image 

Helleborus

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Crocus

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Crocus

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Ladybird on a young Monkey Puzzle TreeImage 

Araucaria araucana

 

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Any one know what this is?

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Pinus

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Cryptomeria japoonica “Monstrosa”ImageImage 

Cephalotaxus harringtonia var. drupacea. Cow’s tail Pine

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Is it fire works? Is it cheerleaders pom poms? No its Pinus Hatwegii, Stunning.

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Alnus rubra

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Video: The Proud City – 1945 film explaining the Abercrombie Plan

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70 years ago the plan for the Southbank was this: Abercrombie/Forshaw’s plan for the new South Bank. 1943

By 1941, the Second World War had devastated London. The British government realised that it needed a plan to rebuild the city. That year, Lord Reith (founder of the BBC and wartime Minister of Works) hired town planning academic Patrick Abercrombie with London’s municipal architect John Forshaw to design the future London.

Two years later, Abercrombie and Forshaw’s returned with the Plan.  Their vision was rooted in a radical egalitarianism. Amid the complex analysis and explanation of what was to be done, the planners revealed their true objective:

” It is commonplace to say that the war has done much to level incomes. There should be even less discrepancy afterwards, and this should be reflected in the Plan, which provides for a greater mingling of the different groups of London’s society.”communities_map
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Thames Frost Fairs

Thames Frost Fairs

River Thames frost fairs were held on the Tideway of the River Thames at London between the 15th and 19th centuries, known as the Little Ice Age because of the severity of the climate, especially the winters. When the ice was thick enough and lasted long enough, Londoners would take to the river for travel, trade and entertainment, the latter eventually taking the form of public festivals and fairs. Although the Thames had frozen over several times in the 16th century, the first recorded frost fair was in 1608. King Henry VIII travelled from central London to Greenwich by sleigh along the river during the winter of 1536. If it froze over this winter i bet there would be incredible light shows, ice skating, ice hockey, curling, racing and loads of pop up bars and restaurants. The beach at Bank side has been the site of a Frost fair revival in 2003 and in 2008 this lasted a week. – the Bank side Christmas Markets. Southwark bridge has a grey slate frieze depicting the scene of the Markets and says….Behold the Liquid Thames frozen o’re,
That lately Ships of mighty Burthen bore
The Watermen for want of Rowing Boats
Make use of Booths to get their Pence & Groats
Here you may see beef roasted on the spit
And for your money you may taste a bit
There you may print your name, tho cannot write
Cause num’d with cold: tis done with great delight
And lay it by that ages yet to come
May see what things upon the ice were done

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Its so cold tonight i wonder how cold the winter will get?

Its so cold tonight i wonder how cold the winter will get?

Frozen Thames 1963

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Southbank connections model

Southbank connections model

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making connections of art, landmarks, theatres. helpful categorise the connectees.

making connections of art, landmarks, theatres. helpful categorise the connectees.

A quick Southbank connections model

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Making Sense Of It!

Last week’s studio session involved us all pulling together the things that we felt were most important from the development of our ideas so far.  It’s fair to say, I think, that we all had very different approaches.  However, a lot of commonality emerged…..certainly in what we felt should end up on the site at the micro level in particular.  We found that cutting up our many sheets of ideas and images was a good way of condensing things.  This resulted in the rough ‘chuck it on the sheet’ mood board image below.

 

We divided work for the following week up roughly as follows:

Marta – What are the problems and issues?  Condensing of our  SWOT analysis.

Sarah – Introduction into New Spaces, New Identity, New Function, New features……Developing a territory, better connections, quality of space??

Me – Further Masterplan development attempting to take account of our further ideas and discussion.

Li and Jude – Looking at and developing imagery to represent our ideas and vision of New Spaces, New Identity, New Function and New Features

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Marta’s simplified ideas.

We all agreed that the project was overly ambitious and too complicated – this represents the beginnings of a simplificationImage. Best to think very big and then reduce than to start small and have no where to go…

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Stone walkway to the waters edge at Low tide near Gabriel Wharf

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