29 November 2008
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25 November 2008
The high wall by the side of Ham House has protected the lower parts of the trees from the main savagery of the Autumn winds but the last few struggling leaves have already lost their fight for colour and are now too weak to resist even the smallest of winds and are falling to the ground to join the earlier victims.
24 November 2008
Rutland Lodge is opposite Montrose House on Tommy Steele Corner, Petersham. The house itself is rather grand, even though it has been converted into flats, but the old iron bell pull on the imposing front wall is a treasure.
23 November 2008
21 November 2008
The changes to Great South Avenue in the last year are remarkable, and bad. Just over a year ago it looked like a country lane but now it is wide, bland, soulless and uninviting. This is no longer a path that I look forward to walking down.
20 November 2008
In the foreground we have the section of Ham Common Woods that lies between Ham Farm Road and Church Road and beyond that we have the main section on the woods that lies between Church Road and Ham Gate Avenue.
Now that several trees have been removed from the first section it no longer looks like the rest of the woods and a little bit of Ham is less wild, less mysterious and less interesting.
19 November 2008
It is some years since Tommy Steele moved away from Montrose House in Petersham but most locals still refer to the sharp bend on the Petersham Road by his former house as Tommy Steele Corner. Until recently views of the rear garden were protected from the gaze of curious people on the upper deck of the 65 bus by a border of high trees but now they have all gone.
18 November 2008
17 November 2008
I am taking quite a few pictures of Ham Common Woods at the moment so that I can remind myself of what it looked like after all the "restoration" work has been completed. It is the grass at the bottom of the picture that is being restored at the expense of trees and bushes.
16 November 2008
15 November 2008
As trees are felled and trimmed in Ham Common Woods, just to "improve" the view of the church, these unnatural piles of logs are appearing as evidence of the destruction. Healthy trees do not rot very quickly so these reminders will be there to haunt us for many years to come.
14 November 2008
One of the hidden treasures in Ham Lands is Petersham Lodge Woods that occupies a small area next to River Lane. There are no paths through it so there is no reason to go in there unless, like me, you just like exploring places. And one of the ways out is via these steps.
13 November 2008
11 November 2008
10 November 2008
9 November 2008
8 November 2008
7 November 2008
5 November 2008
3 November 2008
2 November 2008
This was a moderately high tide (around 4.4m) but it easily fills the area around the pipe by Douglas Footpath. The new bridge enables you to cross this but that is rather pointless as the tow path is also flooded and is impassable.
I was a little slow in realising that the gates to Avenue Lodge were open but I managed to get this shot as they closed. It's enough to show the size and grandeur of the lodge but I live in hope of catching the gates fully open one day.