Friday, April 2, 2010
This is the bee house at Ian's farm in Brook Valley, Ontario
Oh, you probably thought I forgot. But I didn't. The challenge for this week is very small, a 'one muffin' challenge you might call it. Have I got my fingers crossed behind my back? Don't be silly - that would mean I wouldn't be able to type this.
Your challenge is to find a neglected corner of the public world and tidy it up. It could be a messy corner of the park where you take your kids or the front steps of the library or the closest bus stop to your work. Pretend it is a corner of your home and make it as nice as you can. Take a picture of it if possible. I'm sure you'll think of something nice to do with that poor old piece of mother earth that everyone walks by pretending it isn't their concern. In fact, you could consider a whole path to be your songline and you need to wake it up by NOTICING it. Did I say this was a one muffin challenge? That is so wrong of me - I must have been thinking of a different challenge all together. This is really hard and really wonderful. It would be best if you could tell someone else what you are doing. Especially a stranger or two and even better if they are kids. OK - let's try and do this by next Friday. If you haven't done the graveyard one it is entirely OK to combine them. And yes, taking a bag with you and picking up garbage in the area you usually walk is exactly right. So is hanging a little mirror with flowers around it on the nearest telephone booth. Or making a very decorative sign that says 'Please don't idle your engines..." and get the corner store to let you post it on their outside wall. Maybe you could plant a tree somewhere...this could be big. Let's see what happens.