14 September 2014

Ham Common Library


As the former Giftbox becomes another charity shop on Ham Parade it reveals something of its past. Behind the old Giftbox sign are the remnants of an even older sign for Ham Common Library.

13 September 2014

Clearing the way


This bungalow in Ham Street has intrigued me for years but it has spent most of that time all but hidden behind its mature garden. Suddenly the garden has been cleared and the bungalow has nowhere to hide.

11 September 2014

Late Summer flowers on Ham Village Green


It is well into September and the wild flowers on Ham Village Green are still putting on a jolly display. They certainly brightened up my walk across the Green to Ham Street.



Wild flowers are very popular at the moment, and it with displays like this it is easy to see why, so I am pleased that Richmond Council is gradually spreading them across the area. They can now be seen from the Dysart to Dukes Avenue and I hope that there are more to come.

7 September 2014

The New n


I have not been paying as much attention to the signs on The New Inn as I should have done.

The two signs used to read, left to right, "The New Inn" and "Ham Common" but the sign on the right is far more visible to passers by that it made sense to swap them around and put "The New Inn" in the more prominent position.

Now other changes are being made, though I do not know what yet. On the night this was taken (I had just popped in there for a drink) the "Inn" had been reduced to "n" and a day later the sign was completely letter-less.

Watch this space to see what happened next.

6 September 2014

LC61 EJV on double-yellows


When I retire I am going to offer to work part-time for Richmond Council taking photos, like this one, of people breaking the parking regulations on Ham Parade. If I could get just a small share of the fines collected then I would be well paid. Until then all I can do is name-and-shame a few of them.

I had the bonus this time of being seen by the returning driver so he knows that his crime has been recorded and, just possibly, the shame of that may make him think a little next time.

4 September 2014

A fresh look at Oak Lodge


I took a few pictures of Oak Lodge during the extensive works to the grounds and I thought that I would end this story with a picture of the house as now seen from Ham Common.At the moment it looks very white and very stark, and I like it like that, but the new trees will grow all too quickly to obscure the house once again.

31 August 2014

Forlorn garages in Cave Road


I don't think that I have ever walked along Cave Rod and as it is a short no-through-road I think that I am unlikely too, but I do walk along Riverside Drive regularly and can see along Cave Road from the point where they almost meet.

That end of Cave Road is lined with garages. They look rather sad and unloved as they wait for something to happen to them.

27 August 2014

Ham Pond (Summer 2014)


I have taken lots of photos of Ham Pond over the years but a couple more will not hurt as it is a little different each time I pass by and it is always pretty.



This time the area around the pond was looking especially green and healthy. It had not been a particularly wet Summer but it had not been that dry either and the vegetarian had done well in those conditions.