18 May 2013
The next Ham Open Gardens is on Sunday 19 May 2013, but you'd be hard pressed to find much publicity for it. There is one large banner on the main road, on a fence in distant Petersham, and this A5 leaflet stuck in the window of Newsbox on Ham Parade. This is exactly the sort of event that ought to be publicised on the new community board on Ham Parade, but isn't.
28 April 2013
Richmond Council continues to go overboard with pointless signs. Having previously polluted places like Ham Common, Ham Lands and Ham Common Woods with them they have now spread to Ham Parade.
This claims to be a community board but it is not. It is put there by the Council so it only has Richmond news on it, so we get news about things in Twickenham but not in the Hawker Centre just down the road, because that belong to Kingston Council.
It is also not necessary as several local shops, e.g. Giftbox and Wendy's, already carry local news and they do restrict themselves to meaningless political boundaries.
20 April 2013
I do not know how I missed this weathervane previously, perhaps it is new (or is that just a desperate hope). This flying fox is chasing the wind as it scuttles over Sudbrook Lane and can be found about half way down on the left as you approach the golf club.
14 April 2013
10 April 2013
The Spring Tides have been good this year assuming, like me, you like to see the water sweep in to Ham Lands. Normally I focus on the area in front of Ham House because there you can watch the water race across the ground to quickly swallow more of the grasslands. This time I have looked the other way across the Horse Field, not that it looks much like a field when full of water.
7 April 2013
The clue that the water is higher than usual comes from the path that disappears beneath it. On better days the path leads from the tow-path to Ham House but today the river has found a way in and has claimed a large swathe of the land that runs in front of Ham House. The waterfowl seem to approve.
3 April 2013
2 April 2013
It is hard not to like the avenue of trees that runs across Ham Common. It is a bold statement of intent drawn across a flat pasture that has lost its purpose now that the cows have gone (what a shame that is). The Commons's only other interesting feature, the pond, is stuck out of the way in one corner so it is these trees that define the atmosphere of the space.