It’s the end of the year and time to look back at life at On the Brink during 2022.
During the year we have started to re-build some of the social events and celebrations that defined our community before the Covid pandemic. We have done our best to re-connect with each other and remember the reasons that brought us together.
There have been birthday parties, shared meals, concerts, circle dancing, film nights, a bit of Xi Gung and, of course, bonkers celebrations at solstices.
We have continued to make some improvements to the grounds and gardens.
Rick, Rachel, Mariam and others have established a second roadside library at the end of the main drive to Osborne Road. It’s very popular with passers-by (apart from one person who tried to set it alight one evening)
Our roof is now as full of solar panels as possible. The new panels feed electricity directly to the communal areas.
A robust, outdoor table tennis table has been saved from the tip and now is available for any competitive Brinkies to use.
We have put up four new swift boxes (total swift nest boxes now = 6), and have been visited by many swooping, screeching swifts this year looking for new accommodation – perhaps some will settle and breed here next year?
This year our bees have been very productive, despite swarming twice to (almost) inaccessible places.
There’s some new paving at the back of the building that extends behind the new terraced houses and there are some lovely new steps up to the growing area. Garden planning and garden work continues on a regular basis.
Compiled by Tom