Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 7th August 2015, 9am – 1.30pm

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 7th August 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

Elizabeth James host her 1st local Fine Art Photography Exhibition, Private & Public Viewings during August.

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Elizabeth James host her 1st local Fine Art Photography Exhibition, Private & Public Viewings during August.

Elizabeth is having her first proper exhibition locally, within East Sheen, which will showcase a different body of work each week.  It starts with Colour in Motion and sounds to be an inspiring event.

The idea is this event will be hosted for four weeks where 15% plus VAT of all sales will be donated to Breast Cancer Care.

To get to see her wonderful pieces you can get tickets through Evenbrite for either a public or private viewing.

Week 1 Colour in Motion  Week 2 Smoke Swirls  Week 3 Florals  Week 4 Water Drops

Private View 5th August 2015 6-8pm tickets  are FREE via Eventbrite

Open to the public 6th-29th August 2015 11am-5pm daily

studio65a invite

studio65a invite

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It’s Fair Time! Barnes Fair Sat 11th July 9.30 – 5.30

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It’s Fair Time

Do any of you live near or in London?  Or perhaps you are wondering this Saturday what you and or the children might do?

If you have answered yes to any of these then I have the answer for you.

Come to the Fair!

Barnes Fair is on tomorrow, Saturday 11th July 2015,  9.30 – 5.30.

It is a fabulous event, not only hosting over 300 stalls, attracts around 25,000 visitors each year but has events for children, entertainment and much, much more.

Barnes Fair 2015

The stalls have absolutely everything you could think of, lots of arts and crafts, accessories, food, homeware, jewellery, the list is endless.

I have been going every year as a customer and it is one of my highlights of the diary, but this year I am exhibiting, woohoo I am so excited.

I will be in the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre, 49 Station Rd, London SW13 0LF

OSO Arts Centre Barnes

OSO Arts Centre Barnes

 

If you do pop by, please make sure to come in the Old Sorting Office and say hello to me.  There is a cafe inside, so you can take some respite, have a cuppa and peruse the many artisan stalls away from the blazing sunshine as it is proposed to be a sunny, sunny day.

On a side note the Eclectic Odds n Sods shop will be closed for the day, as I will be taking a lot of my stock down to sell.

I invite you to take another peek at the shop just incase you want that essential item, many items being one off that I won’t be able to get again:

Eclectic Odds n Sods

If any of you have had your eye on something and cannot get down there, waste no time and drop me a comment or email at eclecticoddsnsods@gmail.com before tomorrow (Sat), if you want me to set it aside, because it might have gone by Sunday!

If you want to read up on 2014 Barnes Fair to see what it was like, please click here:  Barnes Fair 2014

If you wish to see a full post of what I sell (though I will do one on here later), please click here:

Eclectic Odds n Sods shop post

Eclectic Summer Fresh Blog post

Click this badge to go directly to Eclectic Odds n Sods Shop

I really, really hope I might get to see some of you down there, Happy Days!  Justine xx

 

 

 

We have a local tea expert who retails personally blended tea!

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We have a local tea expert who retails personally blended tea!

I went the other day to the Duck Pond Market in Richmond.  It was there that I discovered a Tea Specialist.  I was super thrilled to also discover that this particular specialist was  named Freeda who owns the Monkey Char Tea business.

She is a local!

What a discovery for a tea addict like me to find someone local?  She ethically sources and personally blends loose leaf teas from all around the world.

This particular tea I got is a limited edition Chocolate Tea and I can that everyone who has come over has done a “oooh” and a “aaah” and a “wow I must get that” comment/sound when trying it.

You can find out all about Freeda’s teas here, I really recommend them from the experience I have had so far:  Monkey Char Tea

So this tea contains black tea, cocoa nibs, cocoa beans, flavourings and sunflower petals.  It looks great too!

  • As most of you will know the recommended guidelines for getting great tea is to always use fresh water when boiling.
  • Freeda recommends 1 heaped teaspoon per person to a 240ml cup.
  • With black Tea one should heat the water until boiling and infuse for 3-5 minutes.
  • I used this tea more than once so it’s great value too.

You can smell the chocolate, a rich, not sickly, deep aroma that permeates through your nostrils as you lift the cup, really enticing the tastebuds before you actually get to taste anything.  It is really heavenly.

It’s very hard to describe the taste, you get a hint of the black tea, and it’s almost like a vanilla chocolate taste, very mild, though there is no vanilla in it.  It’s subtle and elegant.  One that is easy to drink yet infuses one with a sense of richness as one does.

Visual Evidence

If you are a tea lover like me, pop along to Freeda’s web shop, she even personalises some teas for special occasions and has won some awards, go take a peek!

© Justine Nagaur, Living in East Sheen

Barnes Village Fair ~ Saturday 11th July 2015, 9.30 – 5.30pm

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Barnes Village Fair ~ Saturday 11th July 2015, 9.30 – 5.30pm

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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,  you can also see my write-up fro the 2014 Barnes Fair here:  Barnes Fair 2014

Click here to go directly to the Barnes Fair Website:  Barnes Fair Website

This year Barnes Fair is having a Medieval theme whilst celebrating it’s 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta and it’s links with Barnes.

We have been promised a bright pink castle, photo booth (make sure to dress up historically!), traditional Bandstand, themed floats in the Grand Parade.

Where it is?  It is being held on Barnes Green.

There are around 300+ stalls selling a huge variety of items from food, crafts & art, handmade, vintage, new, accessories, gardening, plants, books and designer items.  A host of other attractions, catering for every age and taste will also be there on the day.

The lightning speed merry go round

The lightning speed merry go round

I will be exhibiting there myself this year with products from my Artisan Online Store called Eclectic Odds n Sods, which you can find online here:  Eclectic Odds n Sods  (http://www.eclecticoddsnsods.com/)

I was very lucky to get a spot in the Old Sorting Office near the pond on Barnes Green, so I will be inside come rain or shine and none of my items will get blown away.

If you love handmade, eclectic, vintage, new and items made from near and far then please come and see me.  There is a huge variety from vintage jewellery, handmade jewellery and accessories from all over the world, modern fun items, accessories, homeware, children’s toys, textiles, crockery, handmade silk wraps from Sri Lanka, handmade knotted crystal beaded necklaces from Bali, crafted wooden & palm baskets from Africa and so much more.

Below you will see an example of some of the wares, there will be special Fair prices on the day.

Being a SW14 resident, I am also very happy to show items from my  home should you wish to see before buying, you can contact me on eclecticoddsnsods@gmail.com

Shipping:- I also ship outside of the UK upon request.

An example of some really Summer Fresh items for sale at Eclectic Odds n Sods….

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If you miss me at the Fair, you can always click my Shop Logo at the side of this blog, which looks like this:

Eclectic Odds n Sods Timeless Gifts & Accessories from Near and Far

Eclectic Odds n Sods
Timeless Gifts & Accessories from Near and Far

The Old Sorting Office Art Centre

(if you head to the Old Sorting Office, you will not only find me, but be in the hub of activity for the Fair)

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

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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 LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

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

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

May

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, Eclecticoddsnsods.co.uk, 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

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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

What

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
Email: mortlakesummerfair@gmail.com
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