28 July 2008
18 July 2008
17 July 2008
16 July 2008
This empty property in Mead Road looks as though it has had some unwanted visitors and the doors and windows are boarded up to stop them getting in to the house.
15 July 2008
The size of the foundations for the new, unwanted and unnecessary bridge from the tow path to Douglas Footpath suggest that it is going to be as big and unattractive as the one built by Ham House. Again, London's Arcadia is the villain here.
I complained earlier about Richmond Council putting up silly little black signs alongside useful large white ones and now the Council has solved the problem of having two signs by getting rid of the useful ones!
14 July 2008
13 July 2008
Each Huf Haus is prefabricated in Germany and then assembled on site, which means that it goes up very quickly, unlike with a typical British house where two walls are built slowly with block and brick.
That is why I do not have a picture of this Huf Haus in Petersham Road in a state of semi-construction; only this one with the main infrastructure complete and the work moved on to the interior features.
11 July 2008
The southern border of Ham Lands is by Royal Park Gate as the unbroken wilderness that follows the river all the way from River Lane in Petersham finally gives way to the manicured grass of the Hawker Centre. The last part of this journey takes you around the small playground and on to the main cycle/footpath that runs through Royal Ham Gate to the two path.
10 July 2008
9 July 2008
The small island by Teddington Lock offers a different view of the locks with the boat slide prominent on the left side and next to it, just behind the small boat, is the skiff lock. A pleasure boat is entering the barge lock on the right.
8 July 2008
Ham Lands is a joyous mix of habitats linked by paths that seem to exist for no reason other than to confuse. One of my favourite sections is just north of Teddington Lock where the dampness encourages different plants to give a more enclosed feeling. It is also one of the least travelled parts.
7 July 2008
Strange things are happening in Croft Way. The offices on the ground floor of the new block are now being heavily promoted but there is no sign of any sales activity for the flats above them; even the limited information on the internet seems to have gone.
More photos like this construction/works
The key dates on this plaque at Teddington Lock are timber lock constructed in 1810, first stone laid for the new lock on 3 June 1857, and lock open for traffic on 8 May 1958. A mystery in the superfluous apostrophe in "lock's" in the first line.
5 July 2008
This is the traditional view of Teddington Lock from the Ham side looking towards Teddington. The main (barge) lock is on the right edge of the picture and, working right to left, the launch lock is in the middle behind the floating platform, the skiff lock is behind the small boat, and the slipway with rollers is next to the island.
4 July 2008
The main section of Ham Lands, between Teddington Lock and Thames Young Mariners, is criss-crossed by paths that head in all sorts of directions for reasons that only they understand and when the bushes are in full growth they keep their destinations secret.
3 July 2008
This is the best time of year for wandering aimlessly around Ham Lands as it is fresh, colourful and healthy. The blooming trees and bushes also further hide the urban parts of Ham making a walk to the pub feel like a walk through the countryside.