A temporary trace sprinkling grass cuttings (from Dulwich Park) along the line of 'The Retreat' a lane which until 1908 (when Evans Cook Depositories moved in), ran from the main road (Queens Road Peckham), through gardens (that once filled the area that is now a construction site), to a Marist Catholic convent (now in the grounds of a boys Catholic school).
The extreme disturbance to my neighbourhood, from the construction site's dust, dirt and perpetual noise, prompted me to test the potency of ritual and ceremony. In sprinkling a trail of grass cuttings I attempted to temporarily replace The Retreat, endeavouring to conjure up a sense of calm and evoke the site in its original rural guise.
“I wish to speak a word for nature, for absolute Freedom and Wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and Culture merely civil, —to regard man as an inhabitant, mor a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society. I wish to make an extreme statement, if so I may make a emphatic one, for there are enough champions of civilization; the minister, and the school-committee, and every one of you will take care of that. I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks, who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering; which word is beautifully derived "from idle people who roved about the country, in the middle ages, and asked charity, under pretence of going à la sainte terre"—to the holy land, till the children exclaimed, "There goes a sainte-terrer", a saunterer—a holy-lander. They who never go to the holy land in their walks, as they pretend, are indeed mere idlers and vagabonds, but they who do go there are saunterers in the good sense, such as I mean. Some, however, would derive the word from sans terre, without land or a home, which, therefore, in the good sense, will mean, having no particular home, but equally at home everywhere. For this is the secret of successful sauntering.” Henry D Thoreau

H D Thoreau, 'Walking' in The Portable Thoreau, ed C Bode, US, UK: Penguin Books, 1982. p. 592