23 October 2014

Vintage Wedding Dresses has arrived


The lone shop at the top end of Ham Parade has now been taken over by Vintage Wedding Dresses. In an attempt to improve its visibility the shop has gone for an unusual split pink/grey colour scheme with the two colours clashing down the centre of the door. I like it and I hope that it works for them.

22 October 2014

Autumn brings reds to Ham


I might as well give up on giving up on taking Autumnal pictures as every year I end up taking several despite my best intentions not too. This year though I have managed to temper my picture taking a little and selected just three taken during a short walk to sum up the mood and the colour of the season.

Langham House gets featured, not for the first time, because of its wonderful ivy.



Venturing along Ham Street these reds and greens demanded my attention because of the way that they were presented against a plain mottled background.



Further along the road and then off to the side to walk behind Beaufort House, I found a wall of leaves that were each choosing their own time to change producing a mix of colours from light green to dark red.

7 October 2014

Princess Alice Hospice shop on Ham Parade


This was Giftbox for almost forever and then was empty for a while and now it is a Princess Alice Hospice shop.

I have mixed feelings about this. Almost any shop is better than an empty space but I miss Giftbox and we already have one charity shop just  few doors up the Parade. This is not  shop that I expect to visit, whereas Giftbox was, so it is dead-zone to me, as are the estate agents and bookies. These places bring some colour to the Parade but not much life.

5 October 2014

Green space by Burnell Avenue


There is much to like about Ham and high on my list is the amount of green space that there is. A lot of this comes under the broad heading of Ham Lands, that ribbon of open space that borders the river all the way round the large curve from Lower Ham Road to River Lane.

Ham Lands has various characters from the untamed to the domesticated and this section is one of the tamer ones and is often used for games and picnics. There was something happening on the day that I took that and almost hidden by the trees in the centre of a picture is a marquee and  small gathering of people around it.

4 October 2014

Cottages in Wiggins Lane


The little row of neat white cottages in Wiggins Lane is one of Ham's nice surprises.There are some other similar looking cottages in the area, especially in Ham Street, but these have the advantage of being hidden away from casual visitors and of not being blighted by cars on a busy road.

27 September 2014

24a Dysart Avenue by Eric Lyons


I was well aware of the existence of the new house at 24a Dysart Avenue but it was only recently that I discovered that it was designed (in 1948) by Eric Lyons before he became famous with his Span company for developments like Parkleys.

21 September 2014

Open door to a hidden garden


One of my favourite things (I lead a simple life) is to find a door unexpectedly open as I walk past. This one on Ham Common Avenue let me see into a small courtyard garden and hinted at a larger garden beyond that. The wheelbarrow made the view even more interesting.

14 September 2014

Ham Common Library


As the former Giftbox becomes another charity shop on Ham Parade it reveals something of its past. Behind the old Giftbox sign are the remnants of an even older sign for Ham Common Library.