2 December 2013
The recent storm caused some damage but probably not as much as some feared. Along the section of the tow-path between Teddington Lock and Ham House a few trees were uprooted and fell across the path. These were all growing on the river side of the path and so had less firm foundations than the other trees.
Walkers quickly made new routes around the fallen trees though passage must have been a lot harder for cyclists. The trees were cleared in a few days and everything was soon back to normal.
27 November 2013
In November the river is allowed to follow its normal cycle with the opening of Richmond Lock which keeps the river unnaturally high the rest of the year. That makes it the best time to work in Teddington Lock.This year the works include replacing all the wooden fenders in the Barge Lock.
The ones that have been removed have been stacked by the tow-path at the north-west end of the lock. Their mixed condition suggests that they were installed at different times.
21 November 2013
Dukes Avenue has gained a new Bus Stop. This is near to the junction with Northweald Lane and is slightly to the West of the one for buses in the other direction. There is still Bust Stop Q on Tudor Drive on the other side of the traffic lights.
At the moment, and I hope that this is going to change, there is no Bus Stop marked out on the road so the buses do not have anywhere to pull in on a part of the road that always has plenty of parked cars. My one attempt to get a bus to stop there failed.
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16 November 2013
When I first posted a picture of this in February 2011 I only showed the crest at the top because the plaque beneath was not very pretty. It showed a map of Petersham which was both difficult to see the detail of and had been defaced. It has since been restored but with words rather than a map.
I suspect the shape is the Ham and Petersham Society's idea of where Petersham is, but they are wrong.
12 November 2013
This small (private) lane off the main Petersham Road has appeared in this blog a remarkable number of times given that it only has a handful of houses in it. Now some more work is being done at the end of the lane which has already seen one new house and a substantial extension to another in recent years.
4 November 2013
I love the simplicity of the garden-side of Ham House far more than the fussy front so here are three more pictures to try and explain why.
The house speaks for itself. The symmetry, scale and clean lines are just perfect.
At the back of the garden lies the Wilderness, a simple maze that skilfully hides smaller gardens and a few Summer houses. It is a garden for walking round and round, unless you are a small child in which case it is a place for running and hiding.
At the side of the house is the former Cherry Garden with its geometric beauty and contrasting colours. The peep-holes in the hedge at the far end are a quirky treat.
28 October 2013
The Kitchen Garden at Ham House always has something pretty on show. It is a busy garden, providing food and flowers for the cafe and house, and the businesses means that there is always something to see.
The garden is divided in to sections, just as the main lawn is on the other side of the wall, and each bed is planted differently. Clean crisp gravel separates the plots and gives the garden a formal grandeur that belies its purpose.
These purple things were in one of the vegetable plots. I have absolutely no idea what they are but I do know that they are purple and pretty.
20 October 2013
I had been in to the garden at the Glasshouse in River Lane a few times but it was not until Open House London 2013 that I was able to get inside.Not that there were many surprises as the walls facing the garden are almost all glass so a lot of the house is visible from the outside.
The long side of the house has a kitchen area (shown here) and a separate dining area of a similar size that form one large room.
In the corner of the almost L-shaped house is a wide corridor that leads from the kitchen/dining area to the sitting room. It also contains the staircase to the upper level.
The sitting room has the garden on two sides so is very light and has great views. The garden is bounded by a high wall so it is very private, expect when visitors are in the garden.
Above the corridor is a reading area that cannot be seen from the garden so it was nice to be able to go inside the house to discover it.
There are some bedrooms and bathrooms above the kitchen/dining area but these are not very interesting rooms and they were not all open to visitors. The one that was is spacious but it is just a room with a bed in it and I cannot get too excited by that.