A good, warm Street Market in Granby today. Full of friends and conversations. So I didn’t take as many photographs as I usually would, too busy talking! Anyway, here they are – minus donkey rides, as they’d already finished for the day before I ambled round with my camera.
All sorts of creatures are here.
Though mostly human.
Lots of food.
Bikes being fixed.
On a sunny day in Liverpool 8.
Two serious Toms here.
But of course Tommy Calderbank can’t keep up the pretence.
Setting up a Granby Film Club.
Our architects Assemble are here with one of their fireplaces, plus something else they’ve made for the Community Land Trust houses.
These door knobs.
Assemble were promoting some week long craft workshops they’ll be running in August for local people to get involved in developing their skills at making household things themselves. I’ll be telling you more about this.
Stall holder Diane Jansen is here, she’s been at every single Street Market since they started in 2010.
“I come here for the community and the friendship’ says Diane ‘ and for the joy of being involved in something that’s been so good for us all in Liverpool 8 for so long.”
As well as Assemble’s craftwork there are more and more arts and crafts turning up.
A new stallholder is making these out of found treet trunks and demolition refuse.
And I’ll put in a link to him.
When he emails me his contact details!
Another new stall here that did a roaring trade all day, Italian Streetfood.
We’ll come back to them later.
Painting the doors and shutters along here to brighten the houses while they wait to be restored is moving on beautifully.
The wildflowers our guerilla gardeners have planted in great abundance
Homebaked from Anfield here too.
In fact by the time I get round with my camera they’ve sold their entire stock of pies and sourdough bread and are packing up. So this photograph of Sally Ann and Grace in full flow was taken by Pat from Homebaked and I’ve whizzed it off Twitter! Hope you don’t mind?
Once Homebaked have packed up they ask me for a tour of the streets.
Builders have been working today on the Community Land Trust houses, to get them finished. Just locking up as we walk along Cairns Street and round to an appointment in Beaconsfield Street.
While we’d been talking a relatively new resident of the 4 Streets had asked if I’d come and do some photographs of her garden.
So here we are.
This is Paul and Elizabeth Ramas, who moved into the house in late 2013,when Plus Dane had finished renovating and building it.
And here is the garden they have made.
Elizabeth is very knowledgeable about plants and keeping a garden in colour throughout the seasons. She’s now on the lookout for a local allotment too.
Wonderful to see the spirit of Green Granby being carried on by new members of the community.
In this gorgeous place they’ve made.
Well done you two and thanks for letting us look around.
Back at the Market Lewis from Assemble is showing new people what they’ve been making.
And I’m disappointed but pleased to find the Italian Streetfood is all sold out too.
A more than successful tryout for a new social enterprise. Follow them on Twitter @fritto_uk.
We’re not the only ones interested in them.
All too soon the Street Market is over for another month and Assemble take their stuff back round to Cairns Street.
As peace descends on Granby 4 Streets.
Before leaving I have a good look at the Plus Dane restoration at the Princes Avenue end of Beaconsfield Street.
Really a very fine piece of work.
Soon to be people’s homes again. And that’s the point of it all.
So well done Theresa and Joe who organised it all. To everyone who helped. All the stall holders new and familiar. And the hundreds of people who came to visit. You’ll all be welcome again in a month’s time, on Saturday 1st August. See you then.