19 December 2014

Managing the trees on Ham Gate Avenue

One of my regular short walks takes me all around the main section of Ham Common Woods. For reasons unknown, I almost always do this counter-clockwise which means that I have the long straight walk along Ham Gate Avenue towards the end of the walk. The straightness I do not like but the overhanging trees I do.

I am always careful when walking under the branches and it is reassuring to know that the trees are being managed to keep them safe. On this walk I noticed that several branches had been cropped, one tree had been cropped so that only the trunk remained and another tree looked marked for replacement.

The branchless tree had an impressive display of fungi and that may be why it has escaped replacement. Ham Common Woods is a natural area and while it needs some management that should be to protect its natural habitats, not to protect the ordered view. Nature has its own beauty.

14 December 2014

Christmas dogs at Ormeley Lodge

I have never noticed the Christmas decorations at Ormeley Lodge before but I presume that was more for my lack of looking than anything else. When I walked along Ham Gate Avenue today it was the large Christmas Wreath that I noticed first and it was only as I approached the front gate that I noticed the dogs.

13 December 2014

AK05 FFC blocks the road

The short stretch of road between the garage on Ham Cross and Ham Parade is a popular place for bad parking despite being one of the most dangerous and awkward places to do so as this is where the two lanes of north-bound traffic fight to become one.

I wish Richmond Council had the good sense to point a camera at this point, and at the section of double-yellow lines outside Wendy's Workshop. There is little point in having parking restrictions if you are not going to police them sufficiently.

12 December 2014

A new house off Petersham Road

It would be easy enough to miss this new house as it is hidden behind others on Petersham Road and the main clue that it is there is that the lane approaching it has been resurfaced.The old surface was good enough for the other residents but the new house is on the market for £5m and so the approach has to impress to.

This block, almost a gate house, is an annex that I guess is intended to be for servants as if I was a granny I would want to be in the big house. Part of the main house can just be glimpsed on the right but it is mostly hidden behind a tall wall and solid gate.

24 November 2014

Cottages in Wiggins Lane

Wiggins Lane tries to keep itself private by hiding behind Ham Street and by not going anywhere but the attractive cottages there mean that I walk along there quite often.

Pointers Cottages is the row of cottages along side that footpath that  continues on to Stretton Road while the road turns towards Woodville Road. The sign that announces them is clearly visible and, judging by the square font, quite old.

The  cottages themselves are always pretty with their white walls, colourful woodwork and thick foliage.

Wiggins Cottages are toward the Ham Street end of the road and are set slightly further back. Their sign is a lot harder to find and looks a lot newer.

20 November 2014

Bright paving on Petersham Road

I am sure that it will weather to a darker hue but while it is young the new paving along Petersham Road is strikingly bright.

15 November 2014

Something is wrong in Petersham Road

One by one it seems that all of the Mock-Tudor house that lie in the stretch of Petersham Road south of Sandy Lane are being modernised. In most cases the garages were included in to the house some years ago and the current spate of enhancements are enlarging the houses even further. Often this means going upwards.

In every case but one the remodelling of the roof has kept the original style (above) with thick terracotta tiles and jagged ridges.

The one exception is this work-in-progress. The colour is more or less in keeping with its neighbours but the thin slates produce a very different pattern and the ridges have no pattern at all.

As a result the house shouts out its difference as you walk past and that section of the road looks slightly less grand than it did.

3 November 2014

Exotic plants in Woodville Road

I have admired this garden in Woodville Road for some time and it has taken me far too long to finally get around to taking a photo of it. It belongs to one of the few houses in Woodville Road at the west end of the road that are part of the Wates Estate and it gives me a boost every time that I walk past it.