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The prompt for day three of #indieweek is ‘your home and community’ – which gives me the perfect excuse to trot out one of my favourite quotes (by the wonderful Ben Aaronovitch – if you’re not familiar with his work then grab Rivers of London and get reading).

If you’re a native-born Londoner..then the strongest bit of your manor is where you grew up.  There’s a particular kind of safety that comes from being on the streets where you went to school, had your first snog, or drink, or threw up your first chicken vindaloo.

It’s true, and one’s manor doesn’t just confer a sense of security but also one of community.  I live at a bit of a crossroads: on the north/south boundary between Brent and Westminster and, looking east/west, I’m slap bang betwixt Queens Park and Kensal Rise.  I went to school in Kilburn, and (for various reasons) Maida Vale has also become part of my regular stomping ground over the years.  My manor is wide and varied; it ranges from the polished and ludicrously posh, to the slightly grubby and still-furiously-resisting-gentrification. I love all of it: the community spirit of the people who walk their dogs in the parks, the friendliness of local shopkeepers, the quirky habits of certain local residents (I’m naming no names), and the fantastically rich local history.  It’s an amazing place to live, and I think that living here has influenced me and my work no end.

 

 

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A small one this time, spotted on the post box at the junction of Chevening Road and Peploe Road, NW6.  This is the top end of Peploe Road, and at the other end is an urban fox (Street Art #17).

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It’s been a bit of a funny week, and my productivity has been down.  I’m still (as you would expect) spending a lot of time with our puppy, and squeezing in gardening work when I can, so the amount of time I’ve had in my studio has been pretty minimal.  Every minute in the studio has become precious, and I’ve put them all to good use.  I’ve had several orders for my Harry Potter themed trinket boxes and those have been made and shipped off to their new homes.  I’ve been working on something a friend asked me to make (photo above), and have also finally finished off some new notebooks ready for the Christmas Flea this Saturday.

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I’m hoping to get a nice full morning in the studio tomorrow, as I want to get a few more things made ready for Saturday.  For now though I’m going to relax with a cup of coffee and some knitting while pup is asleep!

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… then pop along to the Salusbury School Christmas Fair! Click here for a map.

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…then pop along to Kensal Flea at the Paradise.  Get all your Christmas shopping done in one place, and then relax with a pint and let Chris Cox entertain you!

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2nd November 2012 – “Dinner at The Diner”

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…come along to Kensal Flea at The Paradise!  It’s the fifth anniversary of The Paradise, so this Flea should be extra jumpin’!

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