8 October 2015

Some welcome flowers in Dukes Avenue

These flowers on the corner of Dukes Avenue and Craig Road have been brightening my walks recently as the weather had turned decidedly grey and autumnal. The flowers make the most of their modest patch though their varied shapes and colours.

This is what a wild flower garden should look like and I would like to see many more of them across Ham. The only other patch that I can think of is next to the Dysart Arms in Petersham.

4 October 2015

Autumn ivy on Langham House (2015)

I know that I have posted pictures of the red ivy on Langham House before but it is such a distinctive landmark on Ham Common each Autumn that it is worth showing it again.

Previously I have taken pictures from the Common side of the road so I thought I would do something different this year and take one from the same side of the road as Langham House looking up at it.

3 October 2015

Leaving Ham to go to Richmond

My self imposed border for this blog follows the towpath north and west as far a River Lane and then follows that road south to the main road and that is why I have never covered Petersham Meadow, or its cows. After eight years I have broken my own rule.

This is the towpath immediately to the west of River Lane and I was prompted to take the picture by the unconscious shock that the path had been resurfaced. I do not recall that being done in the twenty years that I have lived here and the wear and tear of the many years had made the path very uneven and a haven for puddles.

One of the causes for the wear and tear is the tide that sometimes climbs up the bank to cover the path. It will be interesting to see how long the path looks as good as this and how long it takes to get repaired again when the potholes return.

30 September 2015

A wooden curiosity among traditional bricks

One of the most prominent features on Ham Street is the line of pristine white cottages towards the Ham Common end of the road and because they grab so much attention it is easy to miss what happens when they end.

On the east side, heading north towards Evelyn Road, the cottages revert to the more common plain brick that dominates large areas of Ham, especially around Ham House. but before they do a little wood construction fills a gap. I presume that it is part of one of the houses either side of it but I do not know which one.

19 September 2015

Ham House at peace in its setting

Here Ham House looks ready for a sleep after a busy day entertaining visitors. Those visitors normally spoil this view, in my opinion, so I was pleased to take this picture through the front gates after the house had closed for the day.

The complexity of the house is nicely balanced by the simplicity of the approach to it with the stone path flowing around the lawn and both sides flanked by a lightly decorated wall and geometric hedges. The gravel paths that lead away on both sides hint at the life behind the walls.

18 September 2015

A closer look at Ham House

I much prefer the clean back of Ham House to its cluttered front but that does not mean that the front is without merit. I was passing the front recently on an evening walk when the sunlight drew my attention to the house and to the roofline in particular.

This picture is all about light and angles, and that is why I took it.

12 September 2015

Experimental classroom at Meadlands Primary School

The experimental classroom at Grey Court School is obvious because is at the front of the school as it faces Ham Street but the similar building at Meadlands Primary School is hidden behind the school. To see it, you have to do what I did and walk down the lane off Lock Road that leads to the pumping station.

I was walking down there to see the progress on the housing being built there and could not resist the temptation to look over the wall. The school grounds look massive and the white pod makes quite an impact even when surrounded by that much grass.

Zooming in reveals more detail on the pod and also gives a better impression of its size.

I have no idea what it is like inside, or how effective it is as a classroom, but I do like the way that it looks. It is striking without being outrageous.

6 September 2015

Works at Latch House are finished

I have been following four major construction projects over the last few months and one of them has just completed. The is Latch House off Ham Farm Road.

The approach to the house, and its neighbour, was a tired looking tarmac path that has now been repaired, had new edging added and then covered with fine gravel. It looks very attractive and far more welcoming than what was there before.

The new entrance to the house is attractive too and confirms that it is called Latch House.

The large pillars had solid wooden gate are somewhat less welcoming and successfully hide the ground floor of the house while the small upper floor windows reveal nothing of the house's character. It is now a very large house but its grandeur, or lack of it, is a mystery.