10 May 2011

Gate House in bloom



I am sure that I've taken a picture of this Gate House to Great South Avenue before but it demands to be featured again with its rampant wisteria and bushy bushes combining to disguise the cottage as just another part of the now disappeared woods.

The cottage faces Ham Common but sits a little back from it as if unsure that it is worthy of being there. This reticence adds to its charm, like a shy d├ębutante, and it justifies its place alongside its bigger and coarser neighbours.

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