Shabbytique Vintage Fair being held at the OSO Barnes, Sunday 17th May 10am – 4pm, live singer, shopping & banter!

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Shabbytique Vintage Fair being held at the OSO Barnes, Sunday 17th May 10am – 4pm, live singer, shopping & banter!

I will be down at the Eclectic Odds n Sods stall on Sunday as Shabbytique come to Barnes for the first time.  Let’s give them all our support and wander down on a relaxed Sunday morning to see what shabby chic, vintage or retro pieces that might catch our eye.  There will be entertainment in the form of a singer and he sounds great, you can hear him here:  Shabbytique.  The cafe will be having refreshments, the rest is up to you!

Eclectic Odds n Sods Poster for Oh Darling

Annual General Meeting, 7.30 pm Monday 18 May, All Saints Church Hall, Park Avenue

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The Annual General Meeting for the Friends of Palewell Common & Fields will be being held Monday 18th May 7.30pm All Saints Church Hall, Park Avenue

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Annual General Meeting Annual General Meeting

Friends of Palewell Common

Annual General Meeting

7.30 pm Monday 18 May

All Saints Church Hall, Park Avenue

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Palewell

Common which will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 18 May at All Saints

Church Hall, Park Avenue.

As well as electing the Committee for the coming year we will be reporting on

 What has been happening on the Common over the last year

The extension to the boules pitch formally opened last Saturday

The use of the common for sports – football, tennis and cricket

The creation of a new frog pond in the woodland on the Common

The activities of the Friends of Palewell during the year

The events we have held on the Common including most

recently our first dog show

The improvements we have made to our website and our regular

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Four legged friends & children have fun at the Friends Spring Event! See who won the handsomest male!

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It looks like the Dog Show and Spring Event for the Friends of Palewell Common & Fields went down a treat. What an amazing bunch of dogs!!! Congrats to all of those who came along and to those who won!

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Four legged friends & children have fun at the Friends Spring Event!  See who won the handsomest male!

Please note:  There are many photos on this post, some within a gallery, if you wish to see them enlarged, please click on each individual one and it will be brought up separately.

There was much anticipation and excitement brewing for our Spring Event just passed Saturday gone.  Plenty of organising had been done and we were stepping in to new territory by holding a Dog Competition for the first time on Palewell Common.

We had our usual Pin the Antlers on the Deer Game and a Seek and Find Treasure Hunt.  The wind gave us a challenge, threatened to rip down our dog enclosure and sweep away our leaflets, but we were not to be defeated.

Local police came down offering free security stamping for bicycles and this soon became a…

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Friends Spring Event inc Dog Show, Games & Competitions, Sat 9th May 10.30 – 12.30

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Friends Spring Event inc Dog Show, Games & Competitions, Sat 9th May 10.30 – 12.30
Sounds like an event not to miss!

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Friends Spring Event inc Dog Show, Games & Competitions, Sat 9th May 10.30 – 12.30

It’s all happening on Saturday 9th May 10.30 – 12.30

The Friends of Palewell Common & Fields are hosting their Spring Event down at Palewell Common.

There will be games, fun, banter and chatter plus Palewell’s 1st Dog Competition supported & hosted in conjunction with our local grooming salon, Dog Town.

It is FREE to enter.

Come and have some fun with your four legged friends.

Bring your two legged friends down for some fun & games also!

The Friends Spring Event The Friends Spring Event

Please feel free to spread the news through social media and to use the poster freely, all efforts to spread the word sincerely welcomed!

The Friends of Palewell Common & Fields

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 04, April, Richmond Park

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 04, April, Richmond Park

April

Cardinal Guzman has come up with a very good idea and that is to photograph monthly something scenic, be it urban or rural.  To then capture this again in a month’s time and repeat until a complete year of shots is taken.  I am taking it that one should take shots of the same area to show the difference through the Seasons, but I guess this doesn’t have to be the case, just my take on it and choice I suppose.

For those of you interested in joining, don’t worry about the dates, there is no final deadline, just a suggestion, so you still have time to go out there and create a gallery for this lovely monthly exhibit.

thechangingseasons_6367Now on to my photos for Cardinal’s Monthly Photo Challenge:  The Changing Seasons (click the link to pop by his blog and read all about it).

Richmond Park

As you will know one of my favourite places to go is Richmond Park and this is the place I aim to photograph once a month until the year is up.

You will be able to see collectively all the posts on my Changing Season by clicking this link:- Changing Seasons of Richmond Park

I am also starting a bit of a collection of photographing benches, here are two unrelated favourites: – Weekly Photo challenge: Shadowed – the other one you will see in last months post and some more in this months.

I have presented the photos in gallery format 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

This time I went back to the lakes which you saw in March’s post, I also went back to see if those two lovely dollies were still stranded.  They had been saved!  This photo session was done in one batch but my camera died on me and hence my trustee iPhone came out to take over part way.

We started off by heading down to the Pen Ponds Cafe, with sticks and leads at hand we headed up rather than down to begin with.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Magestic trees to view, yup I think that one way to high to climb, mothers near heart attack all over thank goodness as they walk by.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

However we get distracted by a rather cute bulldog flirting with Teddy and giving him a run for his money, she even poses with a rather crunchy stick in her mouth!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

There are lots of dens again to be found, to nestle in to and then Teddy ruins it all by dislodging a branch that canopies one of the dens and decides to play tug of war with my eldest…sighs!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

He gets chased by some rather small pony or huge dog, it went by so fast I’ve no idea which!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

AT LAST I get a decent capture of a bird, namely one of our resident Parakeets that are copious in Richmond Park.  Though they are prolific and rather bullish they are also rather cute to look at and oh yes rather noisy!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Then some lovely ladies pass us on horseback from Kingston Stables.  At least that is where I ‘think’ they came from, I did get distracted by the rather wonderful horses.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

I think I woke him…uh oh!  Spotted.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Alright I shall move on and annoy another…who seems to be dozing.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Oh great, not dozing but now apparently grinning for the camera, how lovely.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Or maybe not!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Uh oh, looks annoyed, I best go.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

So the children and Teddy patiently wait for me to take my deer shots and I am very pleased AT LAST again to have gotten some close ups.  Now we are getting rather hot with all this walking and decide to finally head to the lakes, glorious.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Teddy didn’t care about dolls, all he wanted to do was rest and roll in the grass.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

After winding our way around the track that snaked around the lake, I spotted a lovely couple relaxing and taking in the view.  It reminded me of spending time with my mother who has since passed away.  Her birthday however was on the 21st of this month, so I wrote a poem and featured the bench post in it.  If you like poems and wish to see it, the link is here:  Eclectic Corner #10 Unconditional Love.

We are nearing the end of our journey now, so I give you another view of the lake and solitary swan.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Plus a sign that Spring is glad to be here.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

How does my youngest still have the energy to climb up curly trees?

Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

My youngest’s hair competes with a tree…

Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

They rest and finally we get picked up, rather sweaty and tired we all are now!

Thank you for viewing my gallery today, I would love to chat, have some feedback, so please don’t go away until another season, Justine xxx

© Justine Nagaur

Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 1st May 2015, 9am – 1.30pm

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 1st May 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

Local Summer Fairs & Fetes 2015 ~ dates for diaries!

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Local Summer Fairs & Fetes 2015

Local Fairs & Fetes in SW13, SW14, & SW15

Local Fairs & Fetes in SW13, SW14, & SW15

There is a plethora of activities in and around East Sheen that local residents can make good use of.  There are plenty of calenders regularly updated on various websites & if you take a look at my Contributors Page you will see links to various magazine and online contributors to information in and around this area, plus a couple of calender links.  The list grows each day and is constantly being upated.

Here is a list of the most common local Fairs and Fetes but there are plenty more if you scout around.

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Richmond May Fair ~ Saturday 9th May 2015 ~

all day

You can read up on the 2014 Richmond May Fair here:  Richmond May Fair 2014

Where – Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene and The Green, Richmond, Surrey,

What

  • Over 100 charity stalls. Quality Craft Marquee.
  • Vintage carousel & helter-skelter.
  • All day free entertainment.
  • Crowning of Richmond May Queen.
  • Maypole dancing.
  • Food!

How much – appears to be free!

Event contact details:

No commercial stall applicants, please

 Chairman Liz Carran 02089484464

Craft Marquee bookings to:

Angela@Johnpickles.co.uk.

For further more detailed information click here

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Hands Charity Fair ~ Bank Holiday Monday May 25th 2015 ~

10am – 3pm

You can read up on last years Hand’s Charity Fair here:  Hand’s Charity Fair 2014

Where – Twickenham Green

What – There will be plants, crafts, gifts, things for children, home-made items, BBQ and the  Mayor of Richmond is invited to begin a tour of the stalls at 11am.

How much – free entry

Event contact details:

For further details see handscaregroup@btconnect.com

For further more detailed information click here

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Kew Midsummer Fete ~ Sat 20th June 2015 ~

11am – 6pm

Where – Kew Green

What

  • Traditional Victorian Fairground – Reuben Bond will be bringing his traditional fairground to the Kew Midsummer Fete.
  • The Stage – a great line-up of local based entertainment.
  • Stalls – Over 100 stalls, with approximately 80 outside and 25 in our Craft Marquee.
  • Food Court – Over 12 stalls selling a variety of tasty meals and drinks.
  • Dog Show – the ever popular Kew Fete Friendly Dog Show.
  • Tug of War – enter your team, for our relaxed Tug of War competition.
  • Charity Raffle – over 20 great prizes.

How much – free entry

Event contact details:

If you would like to contact the organisers of Kew Fete, please e-mail admin@kewfete.org.

Thank you.

For further more detailed information click here

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Mortlake Summer Fair ~ Saturday 27th June 2015 ~

12 – 4pm

You can read up on the 2014 Mortlake Summer Fair here:  Mortlake Summer Fair 2014

Where – Stag Brewery Playing Fields, Lower Richmond Road, SW14 7TH

What

How much – £2 for adults, £1 OAPs and U16s free.

Event contact details:

Owen Hughes
Email: mortlakesummerfair@gmail.com
Phone: 07768 880 478

For further more detailed information click here

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Barnes Village Fair ~ Saturday 11th July 2015

This year the Barnes Fair will be being held on Saturday 11th July.  If you have never been it is a complete must for your diary.

Though it is a little time away it’s good to get ones diary organised as July tends to be a busy month leading up to the end of the Summer Term sometimes dates like these amongst the many other things going on get missed.   You can also see my write-up fro the 2014 Barnes Fair here:  Barnes Fair 2014

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That’s all for now, thank you for reading, all comments and feedback appreciated!

© Justine Nagaur @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 03, March, Richmond Park

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Better late than never, here is March 2015’s The Changing Seasons in Richmond Park. I will be re-blogging The Changing Seasons from Eclectic Odds n Sods, which is one of my other blogs, rather than taking up my media storage and duplicating. Hence I am very late on this, but April will come soon, hopefully all worth the wait!

Originally posted on Eclectic odds n sods:

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 03

March

Cardinal Guzman has come up with a very good idea and that is to photograph monthly something scenic, be it urban or rural.  To then capture this again in a month’s time and repeat until a complete year of shots is taken.  I am taking it that one should take shots of the same area to show the difference through the Seasons, but I guess this doesn’t have to be the case, just my take on it and choice I suppose.

For those of you interested in joining, don’t worry about the dates, there is no final deadline, just a suggestion, so you still have time to go out there and create a gallery for this lovely monthly exhibit.

thechangingseasons_6367Now on to my photos for Cardinal’s Monthly Photo Challenge:  The Changing Seasons (click the link to pop by his blog and read…

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Early Easter Present at the Wetlands

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 Early Easter Present at the Wetlands

Wardens at WWT London Wetland Centre are celebrating an early Easter present after three rare Nene goslings recently hatched.  Only about 1,000 Nenes – pronounced ‘nay-nay’ after their call –  survive in the wild in their native Hawaii.  The goslings are out just in time for Easter; the proud parents seem unconcerned about the fuss their offspring are causing among visitors to London Wetland Centre!

Nene Goslings at the Wetlands Centre

Nene Goslings at the Wetlands Centre

 

Nenes, otherwise known as Hawaiian geese, are close to the hearts of staff at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) as Sir Peter Scott, who founded the Trust, established a captive breeding programme in the 1950s.  At that time less than 30 Nenes survived in the wild.  Thanks to a reintroduction programme by WWT in the 1960s there are now between 1000 – 2000 Nenes in the wild. Approximately 25,000 of the birds inhabited the Hawaiian islands in the 18th century but the introduction of predators by Europeans, as well as hunting, caused the population to decline.

They are distantly related to Canada geese, a common site in London, evolving from them about 500,000 years ago.

Wetlands Centre

Wetlands Centre

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, the Water’s Edge Café, an Observatory, a gift shop and free car park. The Centre also has indoor and outdoor adventure play areas for children.

WWT London Wetland Centre
Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT

Successful volunteering with Natures Gym

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It looks like Nature’s Gym and The Friends of Palewell Common & Fields had a successful volunteering day which is great to hear.

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Successful volunteering with Natures Gym

The Friends of Palewell Common had a vey successful volunteer day on the morning of 19 March.   Eight volunteers turned up to work with Nature’s Gym, Richmond’s nature conservation contractor to plant new native wild flowers in the orchard area on the playing fields.  We started at our regular time of 10.00 and finished by noon.
We started by clearing the grass from about a dozen small areas for the new plants to give them a better chance to grow through.  We had a large number of established wild flower plants – red campion, field scabious, devilsbit scabious, meadow cranesbill and cowslip.   We also had a number of native daffodils to add to those we had planted previously which were coming into flower.

Volunteering with Natures Gym Volunteering with Natures Gym

After laying them out we set to planting

Volunteering with Natures Gym Volunteering with Natures Gym

We also had…

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