28 June 2016

Flax Cottage gets a facelift


Flax Cottage on the west side of Ham Common has had a fresh coat of paint and looks all the better for it. The work finished a few weeks ago but I delayed taking a photo of the new look because there were usually cars parked in front and also because I thought that the work was not quite finished.

If you look closely at the porch over the front door you can still see the house name peeking through a coat of paint. I presume that it is there to guide somebody who is going to paint a new one though that has not happened yet.

27 June 2016

Field of buttercups


Ham Lands is fundamental to the character of Ham as it provides plenty of space to walk in with little evidence of human life, apart from the incessant line of planes sinking towards Heathrow.  I like to post photographs of it here from time to time just as a reminder of how wonderful it is.

26 June 2016

High waters


High waters are a feature of the riverside in Ham and they add considerably to the character of the place. Sometimes the high tides block my route along the towpath towards Richmond but I do not mind in the least as the joy of watching the water flow into and out of the flood plain far outweighs the minor inconvenience of having to wait, take an alternative route or just get wet.



One of the place that the water finds it easiest to escape the river and head into Ham Lands is next to Douglas Footpath and a substantial bridge has been built there because of it. Standing on that bridge gives an excellent view of the invading water.

25 June 2016

Putting boundaries around the Huf Haus


The new Huf Haus continues to be a major point of interest in my walks and I go past it most days just to see if anything has changed. While it is hard to tell what is going on within the house there have been significant changes to the boundaries.

At the back of the house, facing on to Back Lane, some hornbeams are being trained to fill the gap between the trees and they will effectively mask, if not completely hide, the house.



I watched the front wall go up and had a good chat with the man doing the work. At first I was not sure about the colour of the brick but once the wall was complete I was convinced. It is a lovely wall and entirely suited to the area. I think I would have made the gate a little wider though.

Some hornbeams have been added here too. There are more trees at the front so fewer hornbeams were required and at the moment they look a little awkward, not quite a hedge. I suspect that they will grow into the role.

24 June 2016

Working on The Old Vicarage in Petersham


Sudbrook Lane has featured regularly in my walks for the last few months because of the extensive works going on at The Old Vicarage. Here the extent of those works is evident with all of the substantial approach to the house churned to mud as is the side of the house were there used to be a pretty formal garden stuffed with tulips.



My interest in The Old Vicarage grew when the front wall started to be rebuilt. I love brick walls and this gave every indication of being a good one.



The finished entrance was even better than I expected with plenty of railings to soften the impact of the brick and to allow a good view of the house. The drive curves enticingly and what used to be little more than a car park is now a lawn with trees.

23 June 2016

A gang of trucks in Riverside Drive


This looks like a group of service trucks for a film crew though that is something of a guess because there was no sign of any occupants or any activity. Of course Riverside Drive is a convenient place to park a lot of large vehicles and the occupants could have been anywhere within quite a wide area from Teddington Lock to Ham Street.

22 June 2016

An exotic collection at Redknap House


Cleves Road goes nowhere so there is no encouragement to walk down it unless you happen to live there of are visiting. And even then, you have to go right into Rednap House to see this fine collection of garden gnomes.

21 June 2016

Redknap House in Cleves Road


I do not venture down Cleves Road (off Back Lane) very often because it does not lead anywhere but exploring Ham means going down dead-ends occasionally just to see what is there and so I recently found myself at Redknap House at the end of Cleves Road.

I had been there before and took a similar photo eight (!) years ago. That one was marred by parked cars so it was nice to have none obstructing the view this time.