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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, July 09, 2009
    Flourishing in the shade
    Jim's worsening Parkinson's and my car's fatal decline put paid to our plans for a walk in Heptonstall today. Unclouded by this, instead we found our feet and our pleasure in a place far closer to home: for at the foot of Jim's road lies Olive Mount Gardens, a pleasurable piece of landscaping in the housing development on Harpers Pond Lane where many ex-residents of the late lamented Olive Mount Heights now live. Not only does the linear park have its own Superlambanana (which the community clubbed together to bid for at the great 2008 auction), but it also hosts this sculpture - of a Waver-tree. Punched out of the metal flanks are the phrase 'SUB UMBRA FLORESCO' and its translation, 'I FLOURISH IN THE SHADE', the motto of the district as displayed on Wavertree Town Hall. The old town of Wavertree is flourishing in the shade of the great city of Liverpool... well, 'flourishing' may be overstating it, but (built with their collaboration) Jim tells me that Olive Mount Gardens is certainly something the local people appreciate and enjoy.