The lockdown because of COVID19 has been a stressful time for the great many of us.  I can recommend a relaxing cup of Linden (lime) flower tea and now is the time to pick them. I’d intended to collect those overhanging the Egg at the Lakeside Centre in Thamesmead and provide tea in the Egg for the enjoyment of local people. It was not to be.

However, I am fortunate to have a lime overhanging my house in Yorkshire in full, if discreet, bloom and I was able to pick sufficient for a few good brews. I separated flowers from the green leaf bracts they are attached to (and which later act as whirly wings to carry the fertilised seed away) and rinsed and dried them all. I found quite a few insects had made a home there, including many tiny exotic looking ladybirds in their larval stage.

I hope any readers in Thamesmead will be encouraged to go out and visit the local Linden trees, pick a handful of flowers, make a brew and unwind too. Best wishes from Yorkshire.

Local people in Thamesmead have until June 30 to make an entry into the competition ‘Get Arty’ exploring art in nature. Thamesmead Now are inviting local residents, of any age, to create an art piece inspired by nature. You can use natural materials like leaves, sticks and petals, take a photo or write a poem. If you’d like some inspiration, local artist and writer Joseph Griffiths has created a video. A link to Joseph’s video is below, part of which was filmed inside The Exbury Egg, still on station at Bow Arts Lakeside Studios beside Southmere Lake.

Click here: for more information on the competition.

Artist Joseph A Griffiths in the Egg to speak about Art and Nature for local people in Thamesmead

Happy Longest Day! Please tune into maverick ornithological investigator  J D Swann’s new radio show tomorrow on RTM (Radio Thamesmead) – Sunday 21 June at 12noon – Thamesmead’s Best Beaks with J D Swann! The first episode is all about The Exbury Egg which is currently still locked down in Thamesmead. The show includes an interview with the Eggman,  Stephen Turner, Guess That Bird, and Goose Music!

I am very sorry to let everyone know that the planned ‘Spring Clean’ walk to collect waste plastic with the Ridgeway Users Group in Thamesmead on March 28th has been cancelled, following Government Advice on Coronavirus. We did not want to put volunteers at risk at an event we can reschedule for later in the year.


Whilst the Exbury Egg is in Thamesmead, I have been working in conduction with the artist Joseph A Griffiths. 

His work is an exploration of words, active listening and conversation taking place over a period of a year when the Exbury Egg, located on the grounds of the Lakeside Centre, will act as a conversational tool and meeting space for artists and the local community.

Our collaboration will see Joseph facilitate a series of discussions around themes that align both our creative practices, including those of home, arrival, disconnect and the environment. Further information and booking details can be found here.

Joseph will also be continuing his exploration of written text or words as material as part of the project and will regularly share work on his website  here

Untitled (Navy Blue) Date: N.A Southmere Lake Time: N.A

This live session with Yip and Joseph was filmed and recorded in the Exbury Egg on December 7th in collaboration with Artstrain, the amazing organisation dedicated to making music happen for young people.  This piece was inspired by ‘The Concert in the Egg’ a painting by an early follower of the artist Hieronymus Bosch from 1561. The musical notation within the piece was taken by the young musicians who played a contemporary version for our own Concert in the Exbury Egg.

The music within the painting was called ‘Toutes Les Nuits tu Presente’ from 1549 by Thomas Crecquillon, a composer from the Netherlands. Joseph explained that it was originally scored for four part voice and that though music was written differently in the 16th Century, he devised a modern score. Joseph and Yip kept the melody, and re imagined the piece for the 21st Century. #climatechange and #youthactivism #Thamesmead #BowArts #musicandhistory”

The essence of the moment was captured by musician and videographer Jack Pierce of Spectash (

‘Concert in the Egg’ Follower of Hieronymus Bosch c1561 © Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille