RDP Thursday 29th September 2022: Rejuvenate

This is the house that I grew up in, in London – a slum. It was built in 1884 and in those days it was quite special with gas lamps, a stove that warmed the room and where you could cook with it. We had electricity when we moved in the house, but the gas holders were still on the wall. It was in a street with identical houses. There was no hot water, and compared to today it was quite primitive. We had a small garden at the back of the house where the toilet was. It survived two world wars. According to my mum we would have been better off if it did not, as we would have had a better newer house afterwards. However, we were all glad to have survived.

As the years passed it met its fate. Did they rejuvenate it? Of course not, it was not possible.

And this is how it looks today. It was demolished in the 1970’s, it did not even survive 100 years, and replaced by a small park. Hard to believe that almost 100 small houses were on this small plot of land.

RDP Thursday: Rejuvenate

RDP Thursday: Incognito

It was not so long ago when we were all incognito. Neighbours, friends, even relations, you walked past on the street, or they were in the store, and you completely ignored them. They also ignored you. Facial features were covered from beneath the eyes to the mouth. Lips and noses were hidden.We were masked, face cover, and you waited patiently until you could enter the store as even the masked were limited in numbers. No longer did you have a name, no-one greeted because you were not recognised. This was not incognito, this was Covid.

RDP Thursday; Incognito

RDP Thursday: Frog March

Now this little toad (sorry no frogs here) happened to get through the window into the kitchen, thinking that the bowl of cat food would be a good idea. However, it soon discovered that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. This was a few years ago and we had been having some heavy rain. You could almost feel sorry for it, and marching was not his way of moving, more a hop

I moved in a little closer with the camera to get a better detailed picture and decided it was time for it to go. With an encouraging push he hopped back to freedom and I have not seen him since.

RDP Thursday: Frogmarch

RDP Thursday: Part Time

Meet my part time friend. It lives in the dark, damp cavities between the bricks in my raised bed. It is called the Leopard slug although names mean nothing to it. Is it a lady slub or a man slug – actually a bit of both, that is why I refer to it as it. It can be a mother or a father: the main thing is that the kids grow up with their many sisters/brothers, a few hundred. Mum/dad do it quite throoughly, it can take hours/days until the task is done, suspended by slug slime on a tree they hang and wait until the deed is done. They are the biggest slugs existing in nature and can reach a size of up to 20 cms.

As said this guy lives in my raised bed and always in the same crevice. They really like to settle in their home and always return to the same place.

So yesterday evening after I finished spraying the garden it suddenly appeared, same place same time. We have a steady appointment. I sprayed it a little with some water to make it feel more at home. It is a friendly slug, does not eat plants or even nibble at the leaves. It lives on garden waste and for its meat likes to feast on a tasty small slug. Unfortunately he is only a part time friend, as very rarely seen during the day, but is a night wanderer.

Here it is on its way home again.

RDP Thursday: Part Time