23 May 2015

Four cygnets


It was my intention to say nothing about this year's cygnets as I prefer buildings to animals but in the end I could resist it no more, having walked past their nest at least once a day for what seemed like several weeks while waiting for them to emerge from their eggs.

There were six eggs from which four cygnets sprung. The other two eggs were abandoned. I was surprised that they did so well as in the early days it looked as no attention was being paid to the first eggs and I even though that they were building a second nest at one point.

But all's well that ends well and the new cygnets are getting much attention, to which they are completely oblivious.

20 May 2015

Sun shining in Ham Street


In the middle of Ham Street is a neat row of little cottages that are kept blisteringly white so that it is impossible not to notice them however fast you go past.

This whiteness is punctured occasionally by things like this small black plaque of the shinning Sun above a reference number that has long lost its meaning.

9 May 2015

Waiting for the eggs to hatch


The swans on Ham Pond seem to have been guarding their eggs for ever and my frequent visits to the nest hoping for cygnets, I go normally at least twice a day, have so far been without success. During the wait the best that I can do is show a picture of the eggs and one of the swans attending to its feathers.

8 May 2015

Petersham Avenue caught in a quiet mood


Petersham Avenue is one of the Ham Avenues that cross the land between the river and Sandy Lane. It runs from behind Ham House, past Ham Polo and the German School and on to Petersham, emerging on to the Petersham Road next to the Russell School.

It is normally a busy path, both because it leads somewhere interesting and because it is a pretty way to get there, so I was very pleased to catch it in an unguarded moment with no people there to spoil the view. 

4 May 2015

Latchmere House details


The story of Latchmere House is moving slowly with the appeals against Richmond's refusal for the two planning applications due to be heard later this month, with a decision some time after that. If either scheme is approved then Latchmere House, a listed building, will remain but the area around it will change immensely.

I will record the changes as and when they happen and in the meantime here is a close up of two of the windows on the front of the building. The windows themselves are unremarkable, and I presume that they will be replaced, and that they'll look the same as each other afterwards, but the real interest is in the decorations above them.

1 May 2015

Dying garages in Cave Road


I have always been interested in the many collections of garages locally and I've been paying even more attention to them recently as some have started to disappear. These garages at the end of Cave Road, they join on to Riverside Drive, have been fenced off for some months with the promise of construction but so far nothing has happened.

27 April 2015

Garages off Latchmere Close


Another little collection of colourful garages, this time off one of the corners made by Latchmere Close as it winds along the west side of the former prison complex at Latchmere House.

The house behind the trees is in Bainbridge Close, a small development of relatively modern  houses built on former prison land. This is an unusual development in that it is gated, a silly idea that fell out of fashion not long after they were built. I think the garages are prettier.

As far as I am aware, there are no plans to develop this little plot too but that must be a tempting idea for whoever owns the land now.

26 April 2015

Blue garages in Bishops Close


Unless you live there, or are visiting, there is little point in going down Bishops Close as it leads no where. It is not especially interesting either so there is nothing to draw you along the road. Which is something of a shame as at the very end is this collection of dark and light blue garages.

That is Martingales Close peeking above them and as a great believer in permeability I find it deeply frustrating that there is no way through to there.