Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 3rd July 2015, 9am – 1.30pm


Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 3rd July 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

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 05, May, Richmond Park

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 05, May, Richmond Park


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

I confess I am so so late on this, I had posted May on my other blog,, however totally forgotten I had not done so here, so I am aware June is still to come.  Meanwhile, let’s go to Isabella Plantation the long way around….basically I got lost!

So far I have done two posts which cover my favourite walk from Sheen Gate down to Roehampton Gate in Richmond Park.  I thought I would stick with this for the twelve months, but then I got distracted by Pens Ponds and decided to cover this area in a couple of posts also which now brings us to May.

Now I had heard that Isabella Plantation which is situated inside Richmond Park is stunning at this time of the year.  The blossom around the pond cast a vibrant mirage over the water, almost making it look the colour of the blossom.  This I could not miss, so the destination was set, Isabella Plantation it was.  If you wish to read up about this area, please click here:  Isabella Plantation.

But a brief account as taken from their website is:

The Isabella Plantation is a 40 acre woodland garden set within a Victorian woodland plantation planted in the 1830’s. First opened to the public in 1953, it is best known for its evergreen azaleas, which line the ponds and streams and at their peak of flower in late April and early May.

Located in the gardens are the National Collection of Wilson 50 Kurume Azaelas (introduced to the west from Japan in the 1920’s by the plant collector Ernest Wilson), large collections of Rhododendrons and Camellias, plus many other rare and unusual trees and shrubs which provide interest all year round.

Part of the parklands conservation designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the site is managed very much with nature in mind and the gardens are run on organic principles. Native plants commonly grow alongside exotics throughout the Plantation. Perimeter and shelterbelt areas are planted with native nectar and berry bearing trees and shrubs to provide food and shelter for birds, bats and insects. The Plantation’s ponds and stream provide additional habitat for invertebrates and amphibians.

PREWARN – This post is not for the faint hearted, it took us a long time to get to our destination and I shall take you on the journey with me.  It is a nature lovers delight however.  There are plenty of galleries, please click on each individual photo to enlarge it should you wish.

So the trip to get to this area should have been relatively easy.  Being local residents we ‘thought’ we knew where it was, ie which car park it was near and decided in our arrogance for which we paid later, to just turn up at said card park.  This car park was near Pembroke Lodge.

So we arrived full of vigour an enthusiasm and decided to start walking to a wooded area that was enclosed in the distance that we ‘assumed’ was Isabella Plantation….it was not!

After brief respite they started to climb trees yet again, all rather exhausting to watch.

I was however given a floral present to keep me going.  The adventure seemed to be taking rather longer than I thought, after having noticed that the gate for the area we ‘thought’ was Isabella Plantation, clearly said ‘private’, Shrek decided to use google maps on his  phone and direct us to supposed ‘said’ area.

Changing Seasons May Richmond Park

Changing Seasons May Richmond Park

The boys yet again with their eternal energy levels decided to not only climb trees, but jump over fallen ones, then hide in empty wooden carcasses and poke their hands through like growing vines.

We walked what seemed a vast circle, the youngest eventually just dumping himself on the mud, no ditch nearby but he didn’t care, exhausting temporarily took over.

The Changing Seasons May 2015 Richmond Park

The Changing Seasons May 2015 Richmond Park

We then crossed over a road and Shrek said yes we are nearly here.  By this point I was utterly exhausted.  I decided to ask a nearby person on a bench and she pointed us in the other direction.  Shrek was not having it, we continued as he direct and we ended up at Holly Lodge which is NOT the Isabella Plantation.

We did however see some resident deer on the way, they had a curious look on their faces as if to say “I am sure I have seen these stupid humans wandering all over the park” snigger snigger.

We turned tail from Holly Lodge, of which you can read about here: Holly Lodge

My youngest decided to give me a wishing flower, but promptly blew it all himself, I can guess he was wishing he was at home with some electrical gadget to play with.  I decided to ask a couple if they could direct us, the look of shock and pity when they realised how far away we were from our destination.

They suggested we go the long walk back to the car park and drive nearer to our final location, which is what we eventually did.

However, seeing a the car was parked at Pembroke Lodge, mummy took the rare opportunity to insist on a cup of tea.  Seeing as it was semi Shreks’ fault for the extended walk he could not decline.  Upon entering the gardens I saw a bride, oooh and bridesmaids, of course I could not help but snapping them.

I had my cup of tea, and a view as you can see, semi respite, enough courage to carry on

We arrived at the car park to Isabella Plantation, phew, oh my, now a walk to get to the gate!!!!

Now I went in on my own.  The others were busy parking and the kids moaning about “silly mummy wanting to take photos for this challenge” .  So I thought it best to jump out and go in first on my own and get some photos under my belt before they came in.  What I didn’t realise was how utterly massive this place was, nor that phone coverage would work, I lost my family inside and I lost the entrance, oh my…..I am sooo not good with directions.

The plants however were utterly gorgeous.

I was heading for ‘the pond’ asking various people where it was.  They said straight ahead.  It was a long walk.  I got there, no blossom!!!  Then I was told that there was more than one pond.  I then started to panic.  I was asking whether fate was telling me that I really should not be here, nor trying to do this?

I then asked people where the pond was with the blossom.  I was greeted with either “No idea, I cannot find it myself”, or “I found it last week but cannot find it again”.

So forlorn and slightly frightened at the sheer size of the place, the fact I could not get hold of my family, I walked, and walked and walked.  Suddenly I came upon a clearing and heard lots of “ooohs” and “aaah” and eureka, I made it, found the pond I was so so pleased, nearly jumped up and down in joy!

It was seriously beautiful this particular pond in Isabella Plantation, I can now see what all the fuss is about.  Now I have edited, uploaded and looked at all these photos, it reminds me of the sheer immense size of the walk, for which I paid for physically the next day but utterly worth it wouldn’t you agree?

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


Mortlake Summer Fair ~ Saturday 27th June 2015 ~ 12 – 4pm


Mortlake Summer Fair ~ Saturday 27th June 2015 ~  12 – 4pm

Don’t forget our local fair is on this Saturday!

Mortlake Summer Fair

Mortlake Summer Fair

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


This year’s fair will feature a crafts and produce market, family sports, children’s attractions including inflatables, live music, dance and a karate display, plus a mouth-watering array of food and drink to satisfy all tastes.

Mortlake train station is just four minutes from the fair’s site and the 419 bus stops right opposite the entrance.

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

Event contact details:

Owen Hughes
Phone: 07768 880 478

For further more detailed information click here

Kew MidSummer Fete, Sat 20th June 11am – 3pm

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Kew MidSummer Fete, Sat 20th June 11am – 3pm

Kew Midsummer Fete

Kew Midsummer Fete

Now in it’s 6th year, Kew Fete will be held on Kew Green on Saturday 20th June 2015 between 11am and 6pm.

Attractions include:

  • 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.

As taken from the Kew Midsummer Fete website, which you will find here:- Kew Midsummer Fete

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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Living in East Sheen:

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!

Originally posted on Friends of Palewell Common & Fields:

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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