The Changing Seasons of Richmond Park

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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).

Richmond Park

A relative said to me the other day that how could I find Richmond Park so interesting over and over again. I replied “How could you not?”  I guess it is differences in one’s own personal taste, but I would be hard pushed to think that someone wouldn’t find something of appeal or interest here.

I went there for this photo challenge just as the sun was setting.  I had a lovely surprise of the deer being near the Gates where I entered.  Normally they are deep in to the thick of the forest and not seen, so whoopee I was very excited.  They are notably shy and heck why not as green clad men come in once a year and start to shoot them (called culling).

In my experience of getting photographs of deer I always end up with shots of their bottoms, a perfect example below but what lovely furry bottoms hey?

You can see my son was determined, crawling amongst the grass like some intrepid explorer to get closer, a small child nearby puzzled at his actions and asking me what on earth he was doing.

One of the things that always catches my breath in Richmond Park is the stark contrast visually when you get to the council blocks thrusting up upon the green lush rural skyline.  That to me is so indicative of the stark contrast of lives even in such a compact area.

There is a beautiful lake/pond, I am not sure which categorizes which but this will become part of my focal point in the coming Seasons for this challenge.  I loved the plant wall that had grown up on one side, the way the trees look so majestic and striving to make their presence known even with the dimming light.

Teddy of course had to had a little modelling session, he won’t change with the seasons though I don’t think.

Last but not least I have two other favourites, one being ‘The Bench’.  I am starting a habit of photographing people on benches it appears.  You can see a silhouette example here -A Bonding Moment near Pembroke Lodge

These looked to me like two young lovers, watching the avian life upon the waters and the sunset casting its orange glow.

The second is ‘The Tree’.  I love this tree, how it is split right down the middle, like lightning might have had a go at it.  My youngest always without fail climbs this tree and my header for my ‘It’s a lonely place’ blog which chronicles my journey with Chronic Pain is in fact this very tree with him standing on the edge.

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

Thank you for viewing my gallery today, you will find this entry doubled up in my other blog: Eclectic Odds n Sods

© Justine Nagaur

A Bonding Moment near Pembroke Lodge

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A Bonding Moment near Pembroke Lodge

Just sometimes you have those lovely moments.

I had exactly that on Christmas Eve whilst walking with my family near Pembroke Lodge.

We had done a good hour’s walk and the sun was setting.  From the trees the sun cast a shadow right back from beside Pembroke Lodge to where I was within the forest area.  I saw in the distance two people sitting on a bench, now made a silhouette with the dimming sun.

My camera was already on black and white mode and it seemed very fitting in this instance to snap a moment, one of which I could not resist but get closer to.

A Bonding Moment Near Pembroke Lodge

A Bonding Moment Near Pembroke Lodge

I did go up closer to capture the moment of what seemed like father and daughter having a relaxing bonding moment before Christmas Day would approach.  It looked so lovely to me, I could not resist but go up to them and show them what I had captured, they were very chuffed and asked me for a copy.

Something to remember a moment by, made my Christmas Eve very special.

A Bonding Moment Near Pembroke Lodge

A Bonding Moment Near Pembroke Lodge

I hope you enjoy the view, Justine.

© Justine Nagaur

My Blogging Anniversary

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My Blogging Anniversary

It appears that today is my One Year Blogging Anniversary, I hope to continue to bring residents of East Sheen and those around and about more interesting information, write up’s and pictorial views for another year to come.

Happy 2015!

One Year Blogging Anniversary

One Year Blogging Anniversary

Christmas Carol Concert, All Saints Church, Thurs 11th December, 6.30pm in aid of REACH

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Christmas Carol Concert, All Saints Church, Thurs 11th December, 6.30pm in aid of REACH

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust will be holding a carol concert at the All Saints Church on East Sheen Avenue. The carol concert will begin at 6.30pm on Thursday 11th December.

The carol concert is in aid of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust’s Reach Appeal.  The aim of this appeal is to raise money in order to help us reach out to more victims of stalking.

Tickets can be bought by following this link: Ticket Sales

Come and join them for an evening of music and festive cheer and help raise funds towards their Reach Appeal – helping everyone to reach out to more victims of stalking. There’ll be singing, mince pies, a good old-fashioned tombola… and much more!

Christmas Carol Concert Thurs 11th December in aid of REACH

Christmas Carol Concert Thurs 11th December in aid of REACH

For more information about the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, you can visit the website: Suzy Lamplugh Trust

East Sheen’s Christmas Shopping & Santa Event Was A Great Success!

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East Sheen’s Christmas Shopping & Santa Event Was A Great Success!

I was very excited last night about the East Sheen Christmas Event having heard good things prior.

As we walked down the street my children kept hurrying me up saying “Mummy we need to get to the Hare and Hounds to get the map!”  Their enthusiasm evident in the tone of their voices.

We arrived around 5pm to an already busy pub and though we were meant to retrieve the map, the market proved too tempting and as such distracted us from intended initial objectives.

East Sheen Christmas Events

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It was a small market, but nonetheless took enough time to get around whilst bustling through the throng of onlookers.  There was a mix bag of items being sold most seemingly handmade which was nice and ‘some’ as I did not ask all, appeared to be local.

East Sheen Christmas Events

East Sheen Christmas Events

I found a lovely woman who bakes bread, I had wondered if she had a shop, but no, she does not. She started off making bread for a few friends, the word spread and soon she was receiving orders the shoppers all exclaiming they would prefer to collect in person rather than have her deliver.  So her door is open, the smell of freshly baked bread oozes out of the house as does the chitter chatter of people coming and going.

Eventually we collected ‘the map’ which was a sheet listing 16 participating shops.  The children were to find these shops, adults in tow, inside there would be questions and or treasure to find and for the adults usually some bubbly and something to nibble.

East Sheen Christmas Events

East Sheen Christmas Events

We found the first two shops took us nearly an hour due to the Community spirit, knowing the Owners and people milling in and out to whom we had to chat to.

It became apparent to ‘us’ in particular that we were most definitely  not going to make all 16 shops in a hurry, consequently we cut out quite a few.

The temptation to avoid Madeleines boutique cake shop proved to be too much and yes we added to our children’s sugar intake.

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East Sheen Christmas Events

East Sheen Christmas Events

After the children had eaten numerous amounts of sweets and sugary filled things I was very happy to end up in Sheen Sports, where they got to meet Robert Young again, aka MarathonManUK.

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East Sheen Christmas Events

East Sheen Christmas Events

They had a running machine out and it was with glee that I watched as both my children enthusiastically ran off their sugar buzz, a great idea, thank you to whoever thought of that part.

Robert seemed to thoroughly enjoy supervising the children as they ended up forming an orderly yet energetic queue to have a go.  Much of the time he spent turning the speed down as they sneakily tried to turn it up!

Finally we ended up back at the Hare and Hounds, yes Santa was there, the presents of which most had been seemingly pillaged but pirates, however my youngest was coaxed in to conversation as my eldest decided to red lazer Santa’s belly.

Our bellys mostly were full from having eaten the street food which consisted of either paella or Swedish hot dogs, we had both and most yummy they were too.

East Sheen Christmas Events

East Sheen Christmas Events

We did come across Santa’s helper more than once, in fact around most of East Sheen in our journeys.

This particular helper had the most brilliant smile and banter and after the busy rounds of going shop to shop it was with no surprise that I find ‘said’ helper relaxing with joyful smile back at Santas Den.

East Sheen Christmas Events

East Sheen Christmas Events

I settled for some mulled wine as the wonderful jazz duo sang, the pub by now was packed.

East Sheen Christmas Event

East Sheen Christmas Event

I watched from the side lines as various hard core treasure hunters came in later who had obviously completed all 16 shops, only to find Santa had retired but a man looking suspiciously like him sat at the bar drinking a well earned pint.

We didn’t manage to stay until the raffle being drawn by Robert Young which was a shame as tired children with a school day needed to be put to bed.

However I am sure the frivolity continued late in to the night.

So I wish to thank East Sheen Village, The Hare and Hounds and whoever else contributed to putting on this event.

I shall look forward to next years arrangements.

Thank you for reading, Justine x

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 5th December 2014, 9am – 1.30pm, last chance to get some collectable goodies from there

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Sheen Lane Antiques & Collectables Market Friday 5th December 2014, 9am – 1.30pm

This is the last Sheen Lane Antiques & Collecteables market until February 2015.  That is right folks, its your last chance to get down there and bag some goodies as wonderful presents for a loved one.

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

Christmas Shopping, Music, Treasure Hunts, Santa, Food & Robert Young who is our MarathonManUK

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Christmas Shopping, Music, Treasure Hunts, Santa, Food & Robert Young who is our MarathonManUK

It might appear that Christmas has come early, it certainly will be later tonight in our lovely #EastSheenm #SW14 as we get to experience a myriad of different activities.

My mind boggles with excitement as to whether I will get to see and do all, not to mention the children’s elation.

What do we start with? – A Treasure Hunt at the Hair & Hounds, Thursday, 4.30pm

Treasure map

Treasure map

Let’s get the children even more excited and pop down to one of our favourite pubs, the Hare & Hounds where they will be given directions, much like a treasure map.

The fun then begins for all as they pop in to shops, adults get to shop, perhaps have a glass of bubbly (one hopes), our little ones get to answer questions and collect treasure.

Then it is back to Santa (Thurs pm)

Santa

Santa

After all this excitement it is back to the Hare & Hounds, were Santa will be relaxing in his snug waiting for the Treasure Hunters to return.

The bar staff will be at the alert to pour pints and glasses of whatever ordered as one warms up beside the cosy flickering fires, watching the children in glee as the Christmas Spirit is in full flow.

Now is your chance to meet Robert Young, #MarathonManUK (Thurs pm)

MarathonManUK

MarathonManUK

I expect most of you have heard about Robert Young, aka MarathonManUK.

However, maybe you have not had a chance meet him yet and feel the inspiration that oozes from his very being.

I certainly am not a runner myself and not an early riser, so have missed many opportunities to see him in action.

If you are like me you might have been waiting for ‘that’ opportunity not arisen yet. Here is a chance to pop by Sheen Sports our family run sports shop where Robert will be between 4-9pm

A little brief bit about Robert you can read below, for a fuller account please go to his website, where you can also donate to support the charities near to his heart, helping sick and vulnerable children.

Robert started by wanting to run 50 Marathons in 50 days, now it is to break the current World Record of 366 marathons in a year.  He had never run a marathon before starting this incredible challenge.

Robert not only has been running one marathon a day, but sometimes two, sometimes ultra marathons, which are crazy ones where one climbs and encounters hard terrain.

He has even been known to pick up others and carry them when injured.

He himself has recently had to take some time off, to re-couperate after the pounding his body has had, but he is still determined to beat this record and meanwhile doing everything he can to still promote and support the charities near to his heart.

So why not pop by not only to say “Hello”, but give him some local support, ask him questions, see how inspiring he can be and perhaps find yourself wanting to pop some money in to his donation page – here.

Christmas Markets at the Hare & Hounds ( Thursday eve & Sat pm)

Christmas ornaments that light up for display

Christmas ornaments that light up for display

Yes that is right, as if the Treasure Hunt was not enough, there will be two Christmas Markets being held in the gardens of Hare & Hounds, Thursday 4.30 – 9pm and a second one on Saturday, midday – 5pm.

Can you imagine the Christmas Spirit whilst shopping for those hand crafted goods? The stalls lit up with fairy lights, wrap up warm with some mulled wine and see if anything takes your fancy.

Al Fesco Dining & Late Night Shops Opening (Thurs pm)

For those of you who are enjoying the late night shop opening by our wonderful retailers you might fancy to also indulge in some ‘Al Fresco Dining’.  There will be street food being sold outside Pearsons and Oh Darling to cater for those grumbling tummies on the move.

Liquid Tasting Opportunities (Thurs pm)

If you are a connoissuer or simply curious about Brewery delights then make sure you make yourself known in the Hare & Hounds that same Thursday evening to sample some taste bud liquid teasers from a selection of local sources.

What happens after Santa & The Shopping?

There is food and entertainment to keep everyone happy including the youngsters! There will be a singing duo, Swedish Hotdogs, Spanish Paella & local banter and Community Spirit!

Remember, Remember, Christmas is about giving too!

Don’t forget there are raffle tickets being sold at the Hare & Hounds, this will be drawn at 9pm by our very own Robert Young, MarathonManUK.

There are plenty of wonderful prizes supplied by those near and dear.

All proceeds are going to Dreams Come True, GOSH and NSPCC, these charities being the ones that MarathonManUK, Robert Young has been raising money for, all supporting and helping vulnerable and sick children.

Pop Up Cinema

Last but not least there is a Pop Up Cinema, for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Friday 5th December, from 5pm.

5pm is Frozen for the children and at 8pm a good old almost classic now in the form of Grease.

East Sheen Pop Up Cinema

East Sheen Pop Up Cinema

 

Sunset in Richmond Park & Dangerous Dogs

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Sunset in Richmond Park

I decided to take the boys out Saturday afternoon, it had been a while since we had had one of ‘those’ walks, the ones that when you do go out you think “Why don’t I do this more often?”

As I arrived in to Richmond Park the sun was already setting.  Now if you are familiar with Richmond Park you will know that the scenery in itself is already pretty amazing, but with a sunset, or I imagine a sunrise, just stunning.

 

Richmond Sunset

Richmond Sunset

 

We wandered down to the pond, a signet came to greet us, it seemed very friendly, or hungry and had no problem with coming up close in a non aggressive fashion.

Richmond Park signet

Richmond Park signet

There was a flurry of activity on the pond as all the other birds converged towards us in the hope of food, guilt ridden we had to just stand and admire the aviary show before went on our way.

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Richmond Park Pond

Richmond Park Pond

Dangerous Dogs & Irresponsible Dog Owners

On our way down the main path from Sheen Gate to Roehampton I saw a flurry of activity across the fields and a sound of a whistle.

Upon looking up I could see all the deer, including baby ones herding in fear and running in this direction and that.

I then saw a black dog which looked like a labrador, but I was not completely sure.

The dog continued to terrorize the deer by chasing them, splitting them up to run in multiple directions.

It then went back to its Owner at which point I assumed she would put the lead on.

She did not.

She let the dog go off again even though it had come up to greet her and stayed a moment.

The dog continued to chase the deer, it was at this point I went u to her, took a photograph of the dog and her.  She was aware of this.

I saw two leads hanging from her hand.  I asked her if they were her dogs or if she was a professional dog walker.  She confirmed they were her dogs.  I asked her why she had not put the dog on a lead.  She just shrugged and walked past me.

I am afraid at this point my blood did boil a bit, she gave the impression of utterly not caring one jot as to the danger she was causing by not keeping her dog under control.

I informed her that I had her photo and would be reporting her to the police.

She then continued up towards Sheen Gate and I heard and saw at least two more incidences of her dog going off to terrorize the deer.

The thing is, not only could the deer have run on to the road, been hurt or killed themselves, but also cause damage to the driver, but also there were children around, people on the fields etc, it was a complete hazard allowing a dog to behave in such a fashion.

I am a dog owner myself, I do not know my dogs reaction around deer and as such I chose to keep him on a lead if any are close by.

So just for the record, if an incident like this happens, apparently one does not telephone Richmond Park which is what I initially did.

You should phone 101 which is the police and ask for the Parks Police.

I reported the incident and am waiting for someone to give me a call so I can hand over the close up photos, for now however, I have only posted the dog be it grainey.

dangerous dog in Richmond Park

dangerous dog in Richmond Park

Let’s hope that in future whoever this was will take more care of the wonderful environment in which we are allowed to enjoy!

© Justine Nagaur Living in East Sheen

 

Volunteers needed 2nd December, 10am, Palewell Common to help tidy & maintain our paths

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Living in East Sheen:

Another great opportunity to volunteer in Palewell Common & prepare the ground for the Winter months, have a cuppa and a natter! Tuesday 2nd December at 10am, meeting place Pistachios Cafe.

Originally posted on Friends of Palewell Common & Fields:

Volunteers needed 2nd December, 10am,  Palewell Common to help tidy & maintain our paths

bark chippings

bark chippings

It is coming to that time of the year again when maintenance of the paths is a must to keep it safe for walking upon during the slushy and cold Winter months.

With this in mind, Nature’s Gym are holding their Volunteering day this Tuesday, 2nd December, 10am start to meet outside Pistachios Cafe.

We really could do with a good round up of volunteers to help with filling the wheelbarrows with the bark, pushing them to the various locations, raking the coverings upon the path, plus general tidying up of the overgrown areas etc, all hearty and healthy work.

Please spread the word if you cannot be there yourself, the more the merrier, tea is provided and plenty of great banter.

BarkMulch

BarkMulch

If you are interested in taking part please turn up, there will…

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