27 November 2010
Ham Common (i.e. the road that circles Ham Common the, er, common) has several seriously attractive buildings, such as Gordon House and Avenue Lodge, but even in this exulted company Little House is a little special.
It's location helps as it sits on the corner of New Road which means that it has the opportunity to show off in two directions, unlike most of its competitors that only show one side of themselves to the public and then usually cowered behind a tall bleak wall.
Little House had some modesty itself until recently with a hedge hiding some of the wall, and with it, the name of the house itself but the gardeners have been kind and have sacrificed some of the hedge to reveal more of the sumptuous wall, the gate posts and the garden within.
21 November 2010
Just as you veer off Ham Farm Road towards Church Road and pass the entrance to Beechrow there are a couple of square metal covers and it has always been a mystery to me what secrets they kept. Until now when I had the good fortune to be passing when work was being done there.
And the revealed secrets were even more mysterious than I imagined. I thought that the covers gave little more than access to some pipes or cables and something to control them, such as a wheel handle. What I discovered instead was a large room complete with machinery that looks more likely to be to do with managing water than electricity.
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18 November 2010
13 November 2010
I really don't like this photo.The composition just does not work; you cannot see enough of the play area (that's the rocks!), a tree grows out of the sign and the greyness overwhelms. That's why I did not post it when I took it last month.
Today the weather was a little brighter, I had some free time and I was in that part of Ham so I leaped at the opportunity to take a better one but time has been cruel to me, and to Ham Village Green and the bright colourful sign has gone already. All there is to remember it by are two brown circles in the grass where the posts used to be and this picture.
11 November 2010
8 November 2010
Ham Pond has had a minor face-lift that should help the wildlife that has its home there. The island (if you can call something that small an island) has been enlarged, presumably to make it a more attractive nesting spot. The swans were there a couple of years ago but have been closer to the bank (and to dogs) since then.
The low rustic fence has been repaired and extended to remind children of all ages that they should keep away from the water. Sadly the dogs will take no notice and some owners are still stupid enough to allow their dogs in to the water even when the birds are breeding. I'd ban dogs from the whole of Ham Common!
7 November 2010
6 November 2010
3 November 2010
Sometimes the wait is worth it.
Back in January I finally gave up hope of getting this picture because there was always at least one car parked there to spoil it and then I reluctantly posted a picture of just part of the house.
And now, after walking past the house many many times I eventually managed to catch it unaware with the cars away and I can rest happy with another mission accomplished.
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