11 August 2022

Rear extension

Unexpectedly open gates and gaps in fences are the curious wanderer's friend as they reveal hidden things, such as this rear extension in Lock Road that can be seen from the footpath connecting to Mead Road.

10 August 2022

Clear path to nowhere

I wrote about this path a few years ago and I still do not know what is going on and as the situation has repeated itself I am repeating the story.

This path leads from the north-west corner of Mead Road and it branches from the other path that goes through to the Lock Road spur. This path does no go anywhere, other than to the back of a few properties in Mead Road, so there is absolutely no reason for it to be this pristine.

Following the path, as I was obviously tempted to do, gives a different view into the Thames Water Pumping Station where a large box with "Danger" written on it makes the exploration worthwhile.

9 August 2022

Enter Sandman

I have never posted a still from a TV show or film before but I had no choice here.

I first read The Sandman comics when they were originally published in the late 1980s/early 1990s and have bought several different editions since then, including the oversized Absolute version and digital copies just for rereading. It remains one of the most important comics of all time and has remained in print because of that.

News that Netflix were producing a version was very welcome and I am enjoying it immensely.

Episode 6 was a particular treat because so much of it was filmed locally at places like Richmond Green and Twickenham Riverside and the icing on the substantial cake was the scene set in The New Inn.

8 August 2022

Rebuilt wall

The end section of the side wall of the New Inn along Petersham Road has been rebuilt, not just repaired. I am actually a little disappointed as it looked like a major project when it was underway and I was hoping for something more substantial.

7 August 2022

A gap in the wall

A bonus from the gas works in Lock Road is the opportunity to see the back of 26 Ham Common while the wall along Lock Road is down.

6 August 2022


Rust is a clear sign that something is not working but here I think it adds something colourful to the already attractive clutter.

5 August 2022

Back Lane closed

The gas operations that have been ongoing around Dukes and Broughton Avenues for some months have expanded into Lock Road and Back Lane leading to the closure of the later.

It has also brought in parking restrictions in Lock Road but VO64 AVD has chosen to ignore those and has moved some bollards so that they can park where the road has been narrowed.


The barrier is substantial but the sign suggests that it will soon be gone.

The road closure seems to have had little impact on local traffic and I saw no issues when walking around the area. Back Road is one of those where the balance between road and pavement is ridiculous and this closure demonstrates that it does not need to be a major thoroughfare for people to get around.

4 August 2022

Blue bricks

Great Fish and Chips has changed its look slightly and after two iterations with grey bricks below the window they have now gone for blue bricks separated by white lines. It may be to mimic the sea or the owners may just like the colour but whatever the reason it is a more brash look.

3 August 2022

New windows

I have been watching this extension in Upper Ham Road for almost two years and, after a period of no visible activity, suddenly some windows have appeared.