A Year in Oxleas Woods: December

12 January 2015 // Up The Woods

By Emma Warren It’s harder than you think to come up with a pagan ceremony that isn’t totally embarrassing. My friends Chris and Annette managed it back in March when they celebrated Imbolc by launching cardboard boats full of tea lights into Deptford Creek. Only one candle stayed alight and we watched it bank the […]

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A Year In Oxleas Woods: November

8 December 2014 // Up The Woods

Words and picture by Emma Warren. It is very early and very foggy, like being inside a cloud. Everything is draped in heavy air, bar the sphere of vision that extends about twenty metres ahead and around. Everything else is flat and removed, turned two-dimensional by the fog. It looks like a Gerhard Richter painting, […]

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A Year In Oxleas Woods: October

18 November 2014 // Up The Woods

Words and picture by Emma Warren. It’s a warm and windy morning at the start of the month and I’m woken up by a gaggle of tiny, badger-headed birds in the plum tree outside my bedroom window. This sounds much more pastoral than the reality, which is that I live in a flat on the […]

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A Year In Oxleas Woods: September

13 October 2014 // Up The Woods

Words and pictures by Emma Warren. Every area has a parakeet creation myth. I’ve heard south Londoners say they originated from a pair of hippies in Charlton or that they escaped from Shepperton Studios during the filming of The African Queen. Local lore around Eel Pie Island has it that the first pair escaped their […]

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A Year in Oxleas Woods: August

11 September 2014 // Up The Woods

Words and pictures by Emma Warren The rain is coming down, torrentially and the woods look as if they’ve been sprayed all around with water vapour. It is so wet and misty that you could mistake what we’re seeing for tropical rainforest. Usually when the weather’s like this the trees are bare or at least […]

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