Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 6th March 2015, 9am – 1.30pm

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 6th March 2015, 9am – 1.30pm

Antiques market this friday

Antiques market this friday

There is a huge selection of items, from jewellery, crockery, books, war memorabilia and more and the stall holders don’t mind the odd haggle, just make sure you don’t get haggled up!

Thank you for reading, Justine x

© Justine Nagaur LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

The Changing Seasons of Richmond Park – February

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I have undertaken to partake of a challenge run by a fellow blogger called Cardinal Guzman.  The idea is to photograph somewhere, ideally the same place, once a month over the course of a year, finishing off with a lovely portfolio of said ‘area’ at the end, showing the Changing of Seasons.

I have of course chosen my favourite area, that being Richmond Park.

If you wish to see more about the challenge specifically, please click here – Monthly Photo Challenge:  The Changing Seasons (click the link to pop by his blog and read all about it).

You can catch up on the seasons by clicking the category section named “Changing Seasons”

I have presented the photos in a gallery but if you are looking at them from a desktop you might one to click each one to make bigger, if you are so inclined and see that each one is labelled :-D

Richmond Park

I went around the daffodil area of Palewell Common and Fields and was delighted to see the pretty flowers blooming and trying to make a Spring like appearance.

I am sure there must be some kind of story behind the owl in the tree, does anyone know who put it there, how long has it been around?

You will note no deer in this picture they are no doubt tucked away in the forest for it is deer culling season.

My children always love charging down the hill on their bikes which puts the fear of god in to me, it didn’t seem to scare one lonesome bird, of course I never get any birds face on but back end, it seems to be the same case with the deer, though their bottoms are prettier.

It is always a joy to see the various ‘dens’ built by children that pop up around the park.

One of my favourite views is the skyline where you see the striking difference between urban and rurul with the high rise blocks in the background.

Here we have the pond, the swan here seemed to be making a beeline for someone, it really was quite dramatic.  My children spent ages just sitting by the water’s edge for a change not making a noise, I wonder what it was that was catching their attention?  You will see of course some of our well known visitors the parakeets shaded by the setting sun, I almost didn’t recognise them as they were devoid of their greenery in this light.

Next we have the benches which is always a bit of fun for me there was quite a busy time to be had on them in a short period.

A little bit of macro.

We are further down the park now, nearer my favourite tree.  This is where my son plays at leaping over the water, always, always getting wet though he promises every time he won’t.

Wise and majestic

Changing Seasons Richmond Park February

Changing Seasons Richmond Park February

My favourite tree, again I am sure there is a story behind this great live wooden sculpture, perhaps someone will tell me?

My son on my favourite tree, a place he always goes to.

Changing Seasons Richmond Park Februa

Changing Seasons Richmond Park Februa

I hope you have had pleasure viewing this photo gallery, if so please share on facebook and tweet, share the love! Justine x

© Justine Nagaur

Apple and Bees Health Food Shop’s new juice bar review!

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Apple and Bees Health Food Shop’s new juice bar review!

It is not unknown for me to pop weekly in to our lovely local health food shop, Apple & Bees to buy my favourite night time drink, Tea Pigs Rooibos Creme Caramel Tea.   Yes a real treat as it is a tea that does not contain caffeine.

However after having seen the Instagram pic from East Sheen Village mentioning the new juice bar, I could not help myself but ‘pop’ by again today on my way around on my Saturday shop.

Now I have recently bought a Nutri Bullet and been experimenting not only on myself but the kids.  So I was super keen to see how a green juice would taste from the experts.  I have already tried a home made one with spirulina, but it ended up smelling rather like pond weed which wasn’t attractive.  So when being offered two types available this day, one containing spirulina the masochist must have come out in me as I said “yes I will have one of those”.

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

I gingerly opened it up as I got out of the shop and there was an audible “phew” as there were no traces of pond anywhere.

It was utterly delicious and quite a cocktail.  It is a coldpressed juice containing Spirulina, apple, cucumber, celery, lemon, broccoli, kale, spinach, ginger, chlorella, wheatgrass and barleygrass.  I will definitely be trying this one again.

It’s a great way to have that healthy fix in the day, especially when you are on one of those lows that catch us mid afternoon, or to boost your immune system after all the cold bugs the kids bring home, or indeed to get a bottle in to your kids bag on the way to school when they won’t eat breakfast.

Let me know what you try if you pop along there to quench your thirst.

Happy Weekending, Justine x

© Justine Nagaur

Beauty is Blossiming

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Living in East Sheen:

Beautiful flowers beginning to show perhaps just a touch of Spring trying to peek through?

Originally posted on Friends of Palewell Common & Fields:

Beauty is Blossiming

Flowers are blooming in Palewell Common & Fields you will find these around the daffodil area where the paddling pool used to be.

Flowers are blooming in Palewell Common & Fields Flowers are blooming in Palewell Common & Fields

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 6th February 2015, 9am – 1.30pm

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 6th February 2015, 9am – 1.30pm

The market is back now, the first session of 2015, let’s see what bargains and trinkets are to be had.

Antiques market this friday

Antiques market this friday

There is a huge selection of items, from jewellery, crockery, books, war memorabilia and more and the stall holders don’t mind the odd haggle, just make sure you don’t get haggled up!

Thank you for reading, Justine x

© Justine Nagaur LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Half Term Activities For Children at the Wetlands Centre

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Eggs, Bugs & Rock n Roll
WWT London Wetland Centre takes a light-hearted look at mating and dating

 

Authored from The Wetlands Centre

White-facedWhistlingDuckc_JackBoothbyLove is in the air and nowhere more so than at London Wetland Centre.

Come along to discover how birds, bugs and mammals attract a mate, their dating habits and what sort of partner they make.

If you thought your partner was clingy wait until you hear about male Angler fish!  And the Beatles aren’t the only ones to make sweet music; discover how animals use melody to make themselves more attractive.

Our Eggs, Bugs & Rock n Roll show is a fun and fascinating look at how animals meet, mate and mind the kids. After all, birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it – so come along and find out how!

The show is suitable for all ages over 8 years and runs daily at 14.30 from Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 February, 2015. Tickets are free with paid admission to the Centre.

And it’s a good time of year to build a Love Nest. Come and decorate a bird box to give a good home to a young (feathered) couple or build a bird feeder from scrap, our very own Scrap Cheep Challenge!

 

Asian short-clawed otters

Asian short-clawed otters

Eggs, Bugs & Rock n Roll is free with paid admission to the Centre: reserve your tickets by emailing info.london@wwt.org.uk  Tickets can only be reserved prior to the day you wish to attend, not on the day.  Some charges apply for the craft activities.

WWT London Wetland Centre is a 105 acre wetland visitor centre in Barnes, southwest London, an international award-winning visitor attraction and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

It is home to a wide range of wildlife species including birds, water voles, bats and amphibians.

Facilities include six wildlife hides, Water’s Edge Café, Observatory, a gift shop and free car park. The Centre also has adventure play areas for children.

 

Half Term Children’s Activities – Craft House

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Half Term Children’s Activities – Craft House

Stuck for something to do over half term for the children?

Our local Craft House has some lovely creative activities to keep your children occupied and happy.

See below for more details and how to book:

Craft House Half Term Activities

Craft House Half Term Activities

Take a peek here: http://www.thecrafthouseuk.com

BOOKING CALL 020 8487 2863

Petersham Nurseries Wild Food Walk With Claudio Bincoletto – Write Up

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Petersham Nurseries Wild Food Walk With Claudio Bincoletto – Write Up

FEBRUARY WILD FOOD WALK WITH CLAUDIO BINCOLETTO
Sunday, 22nd February 2015 09:30am – 12:00pm
Tickets:
SOLD OUT (£35.00)
Concession (£30.00)

Discover the joys of foraging with the charismatic and knowledgeable chef and horticulturalist, Claudio Bincoletto. Each walk lasts an hour after with we return to the Nurseries for a light brunch, glass of wine and cooking demonstration.Tickets £35.00 (includes walk, light foraged lunch including tea/ coffee and a glass of wine).

I decided to treat myself to the above, which is the Wild Food Walk from Petersham Nurseries.  Having never been to any of their events I was super excited.  Being a total novice forager I was keen to find out more about what I could acquire in the wild to eat, be it raw or cooked.

My mind did wonder as to what exactly one would find at this time of the year foraging but I was assured upon a telephone conversation with one of the lovely staff at Petersham that I would return with at least three or four foraged items to cook/keep.

Even though I have been there a few times now to shop and eat their wonderful gluten free cake,  the splendour and sense of magic when you enter Petersham still takes my breath away.

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It was one of those mornings where you could see your own breath and the frost lay lightly upon the ground.  I arrived with a friend of mine and saw a variety of age groups, some with babies also arriving for the scheduled event.

Having never seen Claudio Bincoletto I was rather excited when I spied him through the vintage glass of one of the large greenhouses preparing what looked like our lunch.  I made my introductions to him upon entering and received a very warm welcome and could tell immediately that I was going to have an enjoyable day.

All the eager participants of the event had a few minutes to mingle and peruse the indoor shopping area, to get some ideas and feel a certain sense of inspiration to get planting for the year ahead.

Claudio then made his introductions to all and it was time to go.  As we were leaving to go for our walk I spied next door where he had been working to see a lovely rustic natural display upon the long iron tables, it was a sign of good things to come.

Claudio started with the history of the immediate area and Petersham itself, I wont be a spoiler and talk about it here, because then you won’t be tempted to go and try it out for yourself.

I was shocked to be told that this area which is so wild and seemingly unkempt to the novices eye that this used to be a beautiful wild garden with a summer house.  The rising waters have caused much damage and havoc in the local area.

This used to be a lovely wild garden with a Summer house

This used to be a lovely wild garden with a Summer house since ruined by rising water levels

 

There were a few lovely private gardens tucked away on our walk which always gave a sense of magical mystery as one peeked through the iron gates.

Claudio was extremely passionate about preserving the majestic trees, so many of which have suffered with the rising waters and various other influences.  He gave us the entire history of each statuesque tree with a sense of fondness like they were almost family members. There are not as many left now, perhaps a handful in the wild wooded area that formed part of our walk.

Having traversed the woodland we then had a short amble down by the river, only to turn left back in to the woods and witness more water damage.  You can see some of the preventative measures in the form of sand bags that have been put up.

We were shown two types of wild garlic, now I know they had special names but for the life of me I cannot remember what they were.   However one is best cooked, the other not and just put in salads.  But like all things, one has to be careful certainly that we know that what we are picking is safe and edible and also not urinated upon by the many doggies going for their walks.

Claudio showed us the Artist’s Conk, or rather Nature’s Canvas.  I found this a fascinating fungus.  It is not edible.  However if you touch underneath it is super soft, like a soft leather and artists have been known to draw pictures upon it.   You can see a really interesting article about it here:-  Artist’s Conk

We also found the Judas Ear mushroom which apparently is edible.  I have to say to me it looked utterly disgusting and felt it too, it caused many an “urgh yuk” amonstg fellow walkers.  I don’t think I would want to try it, but interesting all the same.

Some of the trees that have seen better days still strike an imposing silhouette against the skyline.

Claudio explained about a fungus that eats away at the inside of the trees.  Many of the majestic prominent ones have fallen to this fungus.  However what was interesting is that this fungus eats away at the entire core of the tree, you can see this in the photo below.  The tree either dies because of this or becomes stronger, the fact that it is hollow means that it is more flexible in the wind and less likely to fall over in high gusts.

What is the saying “what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger?”

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We finally returned after about an hour.  Being a visual person I took delight at all the table decor.  The walkers were invited to find a seat, it was all a very relaxed affair.

Once we were all seated, Claudio with various cooks served us bit by bit an array of wonderful foods.  Not the type I would normally cook at home.  There were potatoes in an anchovy sauce, of which I ate far too much, my tummy grumbling afterwards, but it was well worth it.  Lots of raw vegetables, cooked roots and leaves etc.  We had wine and pudding also.  This was something I was not expecting in such quantity and variety, certainly a wonderful treat.

All in all the event was wonderful and good value.  I had gone with the anticipation of walking away with an increasing level of knowledge of foraging that would enable me perhaps re-create the walk and find my own wild foods or indeed find wild foods elsewhere.  However we returned empty handed but I fear this was due to the season and the weather.

The passion and knowledge from Claudio was infectious and inspiring.  He clearly has a wonderful talent and knowledge base to share.  The food blew me away and I thoroughly enjoyed the walk.  I walked away with a full belly and an increasing understanding of the plight of the local area by the rising water levels and interesting bits and pieces about the local trees and garlic!

I am not sponsored to write these articles, I write them for the pure enjoyment and to spread news about events in the local area.

If you wish to see more events available at Petersham, please click here:- Petersham Nurseries Events

© Justine Nagaur

I visited the Cavan Bakery, what a lovely affair!

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I visited the Cavan Bakery, what a lovely affair!

Most of you will know that the Cavan Bakery opened up at 51 Sheen Lane.

There was a wonderful write up from the Richmond and Twickenham Times about their opening weekend, where they gave away 500 FREE loaves, you can see the write up here: Cavan Bakery Opening Weekend

However unfortunately I did not get there at the weekend but made an impromptu visit today (Monday).  I was extremely pleasantly surprised.  Firstly what caught my eye being a very novice baker myself is that they sell a wide variety of flours for all your wonderful home-made creations.

Then in the window you will see the usual sticky tempting treats, which got my son slowing up as he passed the window.

The welcome was cheery, bright and genuine.  I came in with a wealth of questions about their breads, all of which were answered.

I walked away with a Bath Bun and a Rye Bread, both reasonably priced.

As you can see the bun did not last long, was light and sweet, the bread oh boy though, usually I am not a huge fan of Rye but know the benefits of eating it.  This however was on a different level, apparently it has a little bit of white added to it, lightening it up and this works a treat, it was so flavoursome and soft.

I will definitely be back for another loaf!

My son kept saying “wow they are a good bakery mummy”.  I have to agree!

 

Caven Bakery

Caven Bakery

I hope you have had a bright start to the week, Justine x

© Justine Nagaur

What happens to you at a Full Moon?

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Living in East Sheen:

Photos of the last full moon in #EastSheen

Originally posted on Eclectic odds n sods:

What happens to you at a Full Moon?

“…spooky effects have been ascribed to the phases of the moon….But when the statistics are redone properly, the correlation with lunar phase always evaporates….Yet many sensible people—including police officers and emergency room staff—continue to believe otherwise.Steven Strogatz

There has been said to be no evidence based research to prove that the full moon has any effect upon us in any fashion whatsoever.  However, oddly enough when there is a full moon, I always seem to know it has passed the next morning.  No, not because I have sprouted hairs and been howling all night.  But because I will pee all night, up, down, up, down, constantly and toss and turn all night long.

What does this say about me?

No idea, not sure I want to know either lol.

Just that I know this happens every time, so there…

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