22 January 2018

More clearance in Ham Common Woods

I was concerned when I saw the sign notifying people of the plan to remove/thin the holly in Ham Common Woods and, sadly, I was right to be.

In what used to be a cosy thicket next to the path between Church Road and Ham Farm Road there is now a large clearing. There has been far more removal than thinning.

I presume that the base of the trunks have been left to allow the trees to start again in Spring and, if so, that is better than nothing but I liked the height of the canopy before the pruning and it will take a while to get back to that, if it ever does.

20 January 2018

Neat garden in Lauderdale Drive

To be honest, the Lauderdale Drive / Ashley Gardens area is not my favourite not least because there is no way through so you have to enter and leave via Sandy Lane. This makes walking there pointless unless, like me, your sole purpose is curiosity.

That curiosity allowed me to discover this neat garden at the section of road furthest away from Sandy Lane. It has probably been like this for years but I normally walk on the outer pavement and in a clockwise direction when you need to be walking anti-clockwise on the inner pavement to find it.

18 January 2018


I like to walk along Hazel Lane and despite being short and having a golf course on one side there is a lot to see and enjoy. From the Petersham Road end, that starts with the sign to Petergate, 1 Hazel Lane.

16 January 2018

Another extension in Burnell Avenue

Remarkably there are still some houses in Burnell Avenue that have not been extended beyond all recognition of what they once were. This is one of the last to fall. The grey blocks make quite an impression and I took this picture from the other side of the green while walking along the tow path, hence the unusually low angle.

14 January 2018

Unusual companions in Woodville Road

A few days ago I posted a picture of a gorilla in a garden in Woodville Road and I took this one of the garden next door from the same spot. The metal dog is delightful and justifies the picture by himself but I also like the juxtaposition with the classic white statue.

12 January 2018

Bland house in Latchmere Close

Another construction project nearing completion is this house in Latchmere Close that is being squeezed into the odd shaped piece of land behind Latchmere Lodge. The construction seems to be a decent standard but the appearance is decidedly bland. There are too few windows for the amount of brick and the windows that are there are lack any decoration.

10 January 2018

35 Sandy Lane

35 Sandy Lane is typical for the road, particularly the south side of it, but the house number is a bit special. The slightly cursive font is cute and right for the age of the house and I like the way that it is held away from the wall.

8 January 2018

The roof is on

I keep walking into Sudbrook Gardens to see how the rebuilding of number 21 is getting on which has often been frustrating as most of the work has been hidden behind the hoardings. At least the roof is visible and that has now been completed.

The window on the gable looks a little odd but perhaps that will make more sense once the whole house is finished.