30 June 2008
The branch of HSBC on Ham Parade closed on 27 June 2008 and already all sign that it used to be there has gone. Hopefully there will be a new tenant soon and we won't have to put up with the ugly temporary boarding for much longer.
The NatWest branch closed a few years ago and that leaves Barclays as the sole bank on the parade.
29 June 2008
28 June 2008
27 June 2008
Ormeley Lodge must be one of the best gardens for playing hide-and-seek in; there are probably people, now middle-aged, still waiting to be found. A good hiding place is this small lawn that has been squeezed in behind one of the main borders to the main lawn.
26 June 2008
The door-to-door salesman selling reclining lion statues must have had difficulties believing his good fortune when he called on Ormeley Lodge as they bought at least eight of them. This is one of the pair guarding the main path from the house to the rear gate.
25 June 2008
The rear garden at Ormeley Lodge is designed for exploring. It is broken up into many different sections and there are several benches, like this one, where you can rest and enjoy a different view of the garden.
24 June 2008
Byam Cottage snuggles up against it's bigger neighbour as if looking for shelter or protection, but who would want to hurt a cottage as cute as this?
23 June 2008
Whenever I poke into a secret corner of Ham (or Petersham) I find interesting garages. These are on a private road off Petersham Road and caught my attention because the three doors are all wooden but different, they look like they belong in a garage door showroom.
The housing in the area around Maguire Drive and Lammas Road is uniform brick boxes, some of it prefabricated structured to which a simple brick finish has been added. In the middle of this sea of brick blocks, on the corner of Maguire Drive and Vancouver Road, is this remarkable chalet.
22 June 2008
20 June 2008
19 June 2008
18 June 2008
The new signs at what was Cassel Hospital say simply "Cassel Services" which suggests that there have been some changes to the establishment but gives no clue as to what they are. The signs themselves are clean and modern, and somewhat of a contrast to the ramshackle building they advertise.
17 June 2008
16 June 2008
15 June 2008
14 June 2008
13 June 2008
Ham Common Woods is full of narrow windy paths that cross each other frequently so it is no surprise that a chance turn takes you somewhere that you have never been before. Here I came across a tree ringed by concrete posts that I presume were there to protect the tree when it was much smaller.
12 June 2008
11 June 2008
9 June 2008
Ham is a slither of suburbanisation sandwiched between the natural beauty of the Thames and Ham Lands to the west, and Ham Common Woods and Richmond Park to the east. This is a typical view of Ham Common Woods which shows just why it is worth exploring it.
8 June 2008
7 June 2008
As feared, Richmond Council is going ahead with the plans to resurface the gloriously muddy and impassable Douglas Footpath, despite the fact that there are alternative dry routes as the sign confesses.
6 June 2008
I have made several comments about the vandalism in Ham Lands by Richmond Council and other authorities and this satellite view clearly shows the worst example. The straight line cut through the large wooded area in clearly an unnatural scar through an area whose beauty comes from its nature.
Cecil House is on the corner of Petersham Road and Sandpits Road but is normally shielded from view behind a high wall so Petersham Village Open Gardens 2008 was an excellent opportunity to pry on this hidden gem.
5 June 2008
This large mooring is at the north (downstream) end of Teddington Lock and provides a place to wait for boats wishing to use the lock. It is required because of the many pleasure boats that go between Richmond and Hampton Court in the summer.
Garden #4 in Petersham Village Open Gardens 2008 had my favourite water feature with the water emerging from the shadows under the watchful eye of a heron before falling playfully down to the next level.