Close encounters of the fir kind


Last night, a strange formation of Christmas trees gathered in a corner of Hilly Field, like the Parliament of Trees. Local artist Oskar managed to capture The Happening today.

It's not the first time that aliens have visited SE4, but it's certainly their happiest legacy.

42 comments:

tyrwhitt ali said...

I love it!

fabhat said...

Now that is very cool - my tree is in there somewhere - glad to see it become decorative twice...

tyrwhitt michael said...

Looks like an Ent Moot to me...

Brockley Kate said...

Ooh - will be adding my tree tonight!

Wild Bill said...

Makes me proud to be Brockley

Graeme said...

I think the arrangement has created a bad energy feng shui at the top of Tyrwhitt. My motorbike wouldn't start after I parked it to walk through the vortex of fir, so I had to push 1/4 ton of dead metal up over Hilly fields to get home. Cheaper than gym membership though.

Looking forward to some more spruce circles in the coming days.

Osh said...

It's stuff like this that makes me love Brockley and love this blog

tyrwhitt ali said...

Couldn't see it tonight when I got off the bus, so I'm going to check it out in the morning! Hope it's not too cold.

Anonymous said...

Who lives on Adelaide Avenue then? Would have to be in a house up there to take that photo.. or is it another street?

*waves*

nobbly brick said...

Its the tree dump next to the bowling green, so not viewable from Adelaide Ave.

Maradoll said...

Speaking of bad feng shui on the top of Tyrwhitt - is anyone else having trouble with their water pressure this morning?

Hardly a trickle coming out of my faucets and can't tell if it's my water pipes or the roads.

Rosie said...

@ Maradoll. Yes, I'm on Tyrwhitt and have noticed the drop off in water pressure too.

Maradoll said...

Update - have just gotten through to the water company and they have reported that there is a problem in SE4.

Bea said...

Same problem on Cranfield Road - but then again - in Wales they had no water at all this morning - so happy there was at least a trickle to fill my kettle and wash my hair this morning.

Anonymous said...

Yes, no water pressure, also an East Dulwich blog reports none as well.

Brockley Nick said...

I must have got lucky this morning - the shower was working fine.

Tamsin said...

I had a problem over in SE14 as well. Glad it is not our personal pipes.

Moira said...

Low pressure too in Tressillian Crescent. Thought my pipes were beginning to freeze. Thanks for mentioning it Maradoll.

drakefell debaser said...

Low pressure on Drakefell too, thanks for reporting it Maradoll.

patrick1971 said...

I had problems with water pressure too this morning (Manwood Road). Glad it's not just me! I was really worried that my pipes were beginning to freeze. I was able to have a shower but the pressure was noticeably less than normal.

Brockley Kate said...

Hmm strange, our water pressure was ok this morning - but the boiler had switched itself off, because its outlet pipe froze overnight! So I was outside in my PJs this morning, pouring a kettle of hot water over the pipe. Takes me back to my childhood on the Yorkshire moors ... !

Anonymous said...

I'm on St Johns Vale and we had low pressure this morning too. I called just now to report it and was told that they have a burst main in Grove Street (I'm SE8 which may be why this came up on their computer) which is the likey cause and should be fixed by lunchtime. Pressure should recover an hour or so after that. I suggest other people call Thames Water too on 0845 9200 800 to report the problems, in case it's actually another more local problem they need to find (Grove Street looks a long way away on the map to me!).

Jo

Headhunter said...

Oh is everyone else having problems too? I was about to call a plumber in! The water in my kitchen is coming through in "pulses" and the washing machine doesn't work anymore. The bathroom seems to be fine though, which is a bit strange. I live on Manor Ave

Tressilliana said...

Thames Water says they are aware of problems in the SE4 area, their engineers are on the case but we should be prepared for a possible 12-hour wait till full pressure is restored. Thank goodness I'm back at work (words I never thought I'd type).

Headhunter said...

Just phoned Thames Water and they have SE4 and SE14 as problem areas at the moment and apparently some people have no water at all

Headhunter said...

My heating is still working but I can't do any washing as the washing machine needs higher water pressure I assume. I put a load on timer to finish when I got back from work yesterday and the washing machine just had a red flashing light on the front....

nobbly brick said...

SE13 (hawthorn side of Hilly Fields) down to a trickle as well...

Moira said...

I've left my central heating on today. Does anyone know if the low pressure will cause a problem?

tyrwhitt ali said...

Oh thank god it's not just me! I had a really pathetic shower this morning and thought it was just the hot water. Lets hope it's back soon!

drakefell debaser said...

Good point Moira, I was thinking the same. Does anyone know as my boiler is currently on its longest stretch with out pulling a sickie and I would hate for it to play up in this weather.

nobbly brick said...

Water pressure back to normal in SE13, will go out and use a high pressure hose to wash the car down now...

Headhunter said...

If you've got a combi boiler, surely the heating operates on a "closed circuit" of water which passes through the boiler for re heating then round to all the radiators, in fact surely it's the same with any boiler, so I wouldn't have thought mains water pressure would affect central heating. But then I could be wrong....

Anonymous said...

Up here in the conservation area we had absolutely no water at all, hot or cold. Not even a drop to brush your teeth with.

Apparently the water pipes outside of the C-zone contain rotten effluent which effectively laggs the pipes.

Maradoll said...

Am pleased to note that water seems to be restored (or at least to my flat on Tyrwhitt)

Headhunter said...

I think it's all the deep fryer oil from the fried chicken joints which stops the water freezing

Tressillian James said...

Yes - water back to normal in Tressillian road.

As for the tree art - saw the artisits last night as I was walking the dog - it's two or three 11/12 years old boys - who are using the spiral shape to play in.

Anonymous said...

I'm just glad I had enough water in the cistern to flush away the rather large brown egg I laid this morning

nobbly brick said...

No TJ, they were not that artists, I can guarantee that.

Graeme said...

Headhunter. Your boiler and CH is effectively a closed system, but takes a top-up if necessary from a header tank, which is usually fed from your main cold water tank. So CH wont be affected if there's a mains burst outside. Similarly, most bathrooms don't take a mains pressure feed, but draw water from the boiler or the cold water tank.

Headhunter said...

Graeme - Combi boilers rely on you to top them up don't they? Mine seems to. If the pressure drops below a certain level the heating stops and there's no hot water til I let a bit of water into the system. Last time I did this I didn't shut the tap of fully and it over filled and spilled water out through an outlet valve outside. Hope I haven't done any damage!

Graeme said...

Ah yes *reaches for well thumbed Reader's Digest DIY book* I stand corrected. In your new-fangled combi boiler system, it looks like you have to top up the system due to inherent losses with a little bottle, and you have a pressure relief valve for when things start to get a bit a frantic.

I've got the old-fashioned type with a hot water tank (and a fascinating maze of pipework, valves and tankage up in the loft), and I'm praying that the whole lot clicks, ticks, and creaks its way through another winter, because I can't afford to replace it!

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine many of the crusty mung bean eaters of Brockley noticed the lack of running water this morning. It's just a lot easier to put on sandals and some sort of wrap isn't it?

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