The Friends of Palewell Common & Fields Autumn Event, Saturday 25th October 10am – midday.

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Sounds like a great Community Event held by the hard working volunteers of the Friends of Palewell Common and Fields next Saturday 25th October 10am – midday. Lets go and show them our support and sign up to become a member whilst having some fun!

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The Friends of Palewell Common & Fields Autumn Event, Saturday 25th October 10am – midday.

Please come to our Autumn Event at Palewell Common & Fields which promises to be not only to be packed full of interesting facts about our green space but also full of fun filled events too.

Please tweet, facebook share, shout about, sing about and share the news about this upcoming event.

The Friends of Palewell Common Autumn Event

The Friends of Palewell Common Autumn Event

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Weekend away activities for anyone?

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Weekend away activities for anyone?

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Country Life have rounded up activities for anyone wishing to get away, not just this weekend but leading up until December 2014.

Why not subscribe to their magazine, or catch up with them online, you can do so here:  Country Life

Weekend activities….

Until October 11 ‘David Fowles’, Rowles Fine Art, Ludlow, Shropshire. An evocative selection of local scenes (01584 872123;

Day out
October 11–30 Deer Rut Safaris, Knepp Wildland Safaris, near Horsham, West Sussex. Visit the lecking grounds and watch fallow bucks and red-deer stags do battle. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, £35 per person (01403 713230;

October 11 A Foraging Dinner, The Arundell Arms, Lifton, Devon. A special six-course menu featuring wild mushrooms, rabbit, mallard and rosehips. 7pm for 7.30pm, £50 per person (01566 784666;

October 12 London Antique Textile Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall King’s Road, London SW3. Everything from Persian rugs and tapestries to quilts and clothing. 10.30am–4.30pm, entry £6 (020–7923 0331;

October 12–13 Tackle and Guns Show, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Some 120 exhibitors from the shooting, fishing and country-clothing sectors. Sunday 9.30am–5.30pm, Monday 10am–4pm, entry free (01327 311999;

What to book this weekend
October 15–25 Two Moors Festival, various venues, Devon. Concerts, recitals and talks across Exmoor and Dartmoor (01643 831006;

December 1 Festive willow decorations, West Dean College, near Chichester, West Sussex. Learn how to weave fish-, tree- and star-shaped decorations. 9am–5pm, £118 (0844 499 4408;

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Are you keeping up with Robert Young MarathonManUK?

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Are you keeping up with Robert Young MarathonManUK?



You might be thinking I mean literally, I do in fact mean in both senses.

Yes literally, you can keep up with him by running with him.  You don’t have to be a marathon runner to do so, just a plodder and just for a few yards if that is all you can manage.

It might seem like MarathonManUK is getting big press, but he is still our down to earth local gem and having an active supportive network of local people running beside him would do nothing but bolster his spirits even further.

If you want to see when he is next going to be running in our wonderful Richmond Park, or which marathon he might be taking on next then look here on his website:  My Marathons

If you happen to be a follower of my blog, Living in East Sheen, you might have noticed that for some time now I have had a dedicated page to MarathonManUK which sections up all his social media sites neatly in to one area and there is a nifty button on the side also that goes directly to his website.

He completed yesterday his 188th run in 176 days, isn’t that simply crazy, or astounding?  Both I think, so much so that he is now a person of scientific interest, you can read an amazing article on him about this here:  ISEH Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health

Some of you might not have been lucky enough to have met him yet.  So I very sneakily plied away some short footage of his run last night from his devoted partner Joanna, which I have edited, it gives an opportunity to see Robert in person, see how likeable and down to earth he is.

Now that you have seen him you might want to know if you don’t already that he has a young family, he holds down a full time job, plus completes all these marathons for charity.  That is his choice, but it is a choice that helps vulnerable & sick children all over, through his 3 chosen charities, NSPCC, Dreams Come True and GOSCHH.

Being a marathon runner to his extent means he consumes lots of food which needs to be healthy, which is expensive, not to mention running kit, travelling expenses if he isn’t running to the marathon just to get there which he has been known to do in the past.  Most of all he wants to be situated with his family at home, because home is where the heart is and home for him is East Sheen.

Local residents got together to help write an article for support, in varying ways for Rob.  This request for support as well as being published on a local community website, has also gone out to one of the local schools.

This was the local school that housed the pivotal moment when Rob found his natural home, that being East Sheen, SW14.  The amazing welcome he received through both the parents and children when he came to demonstrate and talk about being an accomplished athlete to inspire our youngsters in turn brought to us a new resident.

You can see the article sent out here:





If you can help in any way whatsoever please contact Alistair Parkes: – 0208 876 2814 – 07970 652 555

Thank you for reading!   © Justine

Your Vision Your East Sheen Thursday 23rd October 6.30pm – 8:30pm All Saints Church

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Your Vision Your East Sheen

Do you want to shape the area you live in, do you wish to protect it’s character?  Now is the perfect opportunity to come along to a Question Time Event.

Three local ‘Question-time’ style events will enable residents to share directly with the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members the local issues that mean most to them, to make suggestions for improvements and hold leading members of the Council to account.

The Question Time events will be held:

  • Mortlake: 15 October (Wednesday) from 6.30pm-8.30pm in The Old Power Station, 121 Mortlake High St
  • Barnes: 20 October (Monday) from 6.30pm – 8.30pm in OSO Community Arts Centre: 49 Station Rd.
  • East Sheen: 23 October (Thursday) from 6.30pm – 8:30pm in All Saints Church, 86 East Sheen Avenue, East Sheen.


Your Vision Your East Sheen

Your Vision Your East Sheen

To submit a question to any of the events, Question Times, or for more information, please Please clearly state at the start of your email which Question Time you want to attend.

Pre-submitted questions will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis to be asked on the night, but all questions submitted in advance will receive a written answer and be published online.

Click the link to see the Village Plans: Village Plans

Thank you for reading, Justine x



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Important dates for your diary, come help out volunteering for a couple of hours at Palewell Common & Fields our beautiful local green space

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We have volunteer days with Nature’s Gym (Glendale – Richmonds conservation partner).

As a rule of thumb we meet at Pistachios cafe which you can find situated just a short way from where the cars are parked.  The time of meeting is usually 10am.

There are a variety of activities undertaken on the volunteering days which generally improves not only the look of Palewell Common & Fields but also the environment.

It also sometimes is a chance to take up a new skill and or to socialize.

Dates for the next volunteering days at Palewell Common & Fields are:

On Tuesday 21st October we hopefully will have some bulbs to plant on the old ‘pond’ area.  These bulbs are to fill in gaps in what is our gorgeous annual daffodil display. In addition, work on clearing the woods and paths will  be undertaken.

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday 3rd October 2014 9am – 1.30pm

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday 3rd October 2014 9am – 1.30pm

It is held just next to the Library in the large hall, full of lots of bargains to be had!

Antiques market this friday

Antiques market this friday

You will also find homemade refreshments being served and a nice cosy atmosphere with friends new and old.

There is a waiting list for stalls but if you do wish to enquire the number is: 0208 393 2042

Hope to see you there, Justine x

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The Barnes Food Fair was a gluttony delight!


The Barnes Food Fair was a gluttony delight!

This was my first visit to The Barnes Food Fair.  I had heard varying opinions, from it being expensive to wonderful, so my curiosity was at its height to find out for myself.

Of course it started with an adventure.  Seeing that Teddy (my frenchbulldog) had lost his companion recently, I decided to bring him along, knowing that there was doggycare there and he needs a bit of doggy playtime with others.  Not being allowed on the first bus that came along due to another dog already being on there we had to wait for another, all a learning curve.  So if you are planning on taking a bus with a dog bear this in mind and make sure you leave plenty of time to get to your destination.

Teddy really wasn’t sure about the bus and promptly flopped himself down flat on to the floor for safety, I guess he wasn’t sure about the motion of it and he remained there until we arrived which was in hindsight a good thing.

I always love wandering through Barnes seeing the lovely array of shops, ones that I make a mental note to make sure I visit later when more time.  One being a lovely old fashioned Grocers Shop, called Two Peas in a Pod (featured below).

When I lived on Wandsworth Bridge Road we had a traditional grocers there for a while and it was an experience rather than just a shopping trip.  Though there is a wonderful selection of fruit and vegetables in our local Waitrose, it isn’t quite the same.  Maybe one day we will get a grocers down my end of Upper Richmond Road, instead of another Estate Agents!

We spotted Bruce’s doggy daycare which consisted of a tent and a handful of people ready with leads to take our beloved pets.  It was like dropping one of my children off to nursery for the first time.  I made the mistake of looking back only to see him straining against the lead to be with us, yes a heart tugging moment, but I braved on and went to the Food Fair without another glance back.

Bruce’s doggy daycare

- you can find their website here – Bruce’s Doggy Daycare

An example of their reasonable pricing

Half Day

1 dog from £16 2hrs minimum


Two Peas in a Pod Grocery Store

020 8748 0232

Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Having entered the Barnes Food Fair I met the lovely Charlotte Sharpe-Neal who is the main organizer, she was introduced to me as the ‘Oracle’ which is testament to others opinions of her.  The main area outside consisted of stalls with hot food ready to buy for lunch and a small selection of saleable goods.

The fair wasn’t as big as I imagined it would be, having been to the Barnes Fair which is huge I had anticipated something like that.  In fact I was grateful it wasn’t as it allowed me to get around the stalls in a decent non back breaking time, get an idea of what was tickling my taste buds and make my choice what I wanted to eat.

I also bumped in to Anthony from Pistachios our local cafe in Palewell Common & Fields, his wife had cooked up a samosa storm!

Stockholm restaurant & Deli

I stopped in my tracks when I saw the board below saying Reindeer burgers with a pathetic “awe” coming out of my mouth.  Of course I think of Richmond Park, the majestic deer and then the sign.  It is all about what we find normal and I guess in Stockholm reindeer burgers are normal and apparently they are also very good for us.  No I didn’t try one, but that is not to say that next time I wouldn’t.

The reindeer burgers came from the Stockholm Restaurant and Delhi, which is local in East Sheen, you will find it as you head down towards Mortlake Train Station on the right hand side.  I havn’t been in yet to eat there, it is always somewhere I imagined to go for a ‘special’ event.  But seeing as they have a deli which I had not noticed before I think it is high time I go in and visit.

You can find their website here – Stockholm Restaurant & Deli

109 Sheen Lane, East Sheen, London SW14 8AE

020 8876 7747 –

Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 10pm (Sunday and Monday – closed)

Exotic Tagine Moroccan Cuisine

My choice for lunch was in fact from the Exotic Tagine Moroccan Cuisine stall.  The selection of lentils, lamb and chicken sizzling away was too much for me.  The plate was stacked high as you could see, fit for my tummy to burst, very tasty and at around £7 was in my opinion well worth it.

16 Milfield, Mill Place Kingston- Upon-Thames, Surrey, KT1 2RP

Tel 07760 273425  Email:


Swing music – Entertainment at The Barnes Food Fair

There was music put on for the visitors, a wonderful duo of girls sung swing music, a real treat.

Caribbean Cuisine

I am particularly fond of caribbean cuisine.  Going down to Oistins in Barbados on a Friday night where they pull in the catch of the day which are then cooked in oil  drums, a swig of rum, a spoonful of macaroni pie you can’ get better. So I wait for a Caribbean Restaurant to open up in East Sheen, that is on my wish list!

Tapestry Tapas Bar

Apparently we have a tapas bar not too far away and it has been here for over 13yrs!  Another one of my favourite foods.  They cater in house and out, so it’s worth taking a look at their website if you have any parties coming up.

You can find their website here - Tapestry Tapas Bar

Tapestry Tapas Bar, 1 Lower Richmond Road, London SW14 7EZ

Tel: 020 8878 7177020 8878 7177


Tapestry Tapas Bar
Tapestry Tapas Bar

The Giggly Pig Company

All I know about the Giggly Pig Company is that we have come across them before at another fair.  They are just about to set up online ordering and now 2nd time around I can vouch that their sausages are absolutely divine.  Just eaten some for Sunday lunch.

132 Petersfield Avenue, Harold Hill, Romford, RM3 9PH

Tel:  01708 343896

Their website can be found here:  The Giggle Pig Company

The Giggly Pig Company

The Giggly Pig Company

Inside the Barnes Food Fair Festival Tent

Inside the tent were taster stalls and areas where one could buy produce.  It was particularly hot in there so I didn’t manage long but whizzed around.

The giggly sausages caught my eye of course as mentioned above and chocolate.  I am an official chocoholic and what better way than to divulge in this weakness than as described below the next set of pictures.


Pots & Co

Luckily for me there were some sample pots and rather large wooden throw away spoons to dip in, yay chocolate heaven for me but I did not take advantage.  I headed straight for the salted caramel and chocolate pot and felt my eyes nearly bulge out of my head in ecstasy.  Their gourmet, delicious, decadent, divine pots are sold in various places, you can find out where on their website.

You can find their website here:  Pots & Co

Pots & Co

Pots & Co

Thank you for reading and I hope next year you are now inspired to go and visit the Barnes Food Fair!

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Barnes Food Fair this Saturday 20th September 10.00am-5.00pm

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Barnes Food Fair this Saturday 20th September 10.00am-5.00pm

For all you foodies!

Barnes Green, next to the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre at 49 Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0LF
Timing 10.00am-5.00pm
£4 on the door for adults -

free admission for children under 16 accompanied by adults
Dogs Sadly for food hygiene reasons we do not allow dogs in the marquee – however we do provide a dog creche courtesy of Bruce’s Doggy Daycare

You can find the official Barnes Food Fair website here for full details - Barnes Food Fair

How to find them


The beauty of the London Wetlands Centre & drowning iPods!

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The beauty of the London Wetlands Centre & drowning iPods!

It’s right on our doorstep!

I think that makes us very lucky don’t you?

Have you been?  Yes, then when did you last go?

I went last Spring with my 11yr old which he thoroughly enjoyed.  However nearly being a teenager the prospect of visiting again or doing anything which didn’t involve electronics was met with a groan and “urgh this is going to be boring 2nd time around, do I have to go?”  Of course I ignored him.

I had not taken my 8yr old, so was full of anticipation to see how he would find it.  In fact my eldest really enjoyed the whole experience again as much as the 1st time around and my 8yr old equally so.

There was no moaning to be had except when my youngest dropped his Ipod in to the pond, yep, it turned out to be a very expensive trip indeed as totally useless even after being sat for two days in rice, which was a recommendation that unfortunately didn’t work.

In fact I captured the moment just before it dropped and evidence that in fact he was not using the wrist strap which he claimed to have done!  Just goes to show, photos come in use sometimes for more reasons than just for viewing pleasure. (evidence below)

 Please note most photos are displayed in a gallery, you can hover over the pics for a brief title but if you double click it will bring up large editions of the photos to scroll, much of the beauty of capturing the Wetlands cannot be seen small.

The moment just before the iPod went in to the water

The moment just before the iPod went in to the water

 Bug Hotels

I found out about bug hotels when I was asked to go and write a piece up about a Community Project in Castelnaugh, you will find it here:  Bug Hotels, Community & a cuppa!

I was intrigued by them and thought not only is it a great idea for every garden to have one but it’s also such fun for the children to build, be a part of their maintenance and growth.

It seems the palette bug hotel is the most popular probably due to it being the easiest.  I was sure though that there would be more elaborate ones out there and low and behold on my Spring visit to the London Wetlands I did indeed find a very glamorous piece of art called a bug hotel.  I confess to being fiercely envious of this one, wishing it was in my garden.  You will find it here:  WW Wetlands Centre ~ Beauty in Nature

We are in the process of building a bug hotel and I have done a little bit of research in to what is the best way to build them.

I have shared the links with you should you be so inclined to give it a try and I will write a post later, once complete on our home made East Sheen one.

You will see also in the last two photos a bee habitat, bees an important part of our ecosystem, without them pollination would not happen and that gives a greater knock on effect as you can imagine.

They are on the decline due to various reasons, so it is important to try in our small way to make our gardens as bee friendly if possible.  There are plenty of ways to do this including through what flowers are planted as well as making a habitat for them.

Building and Insect Hotel Habitat

Wild about Gardens

How to make a bee hotel

White and black swans

I love swans and grew up with them at home.  Did you know they mate for life?

A male swan is called a cob, the female a pen and they can fly up to 60 miles per hour WOW!

Their eggs take 35 – 42 days to hatch, that is a long time.

The black swan was from Australia and is my favourite colour swan.  So striking and to me for some odd reason looks a little more alluringly fearsome.  It was hunted to extinction in New Zealand but later re-introduced, thankfully.

Wetland Landscaping

The landscaping of the Wetlands is mesmerizing, one meanders like a snake between all the pockets of water and grassland stocked full of so many different species of flora and fauna.  Even if you don’t know what is what, like me, one can just stand for a moment and take in it’s glorious beauty.


I love waterlilies, we never had them in our lake at home and I have always retained admiration for its striking, elegant features.  They are I imagine the most sought after water plants.

This took me back seeing how green the water was here just in this one spot.  My memory evades me to as why it is so green.  I don’t believe algae, but probably some water plant perhaps?

Floral beauty and bees

As mentioned before we need to look after our bees so it was lovely to see quite a few buzzing around.  Can you spot the bee?

Also the distinct colours between the flowers and greenery was almost as if painted, so striking.


Our family is not adverse to a bit of blackberry picking.  In fact even though this year it has been rather poor very nearby I managed to make a lovely blackberry ice cream.  It is extremely easy to make, I recommend you try if not this year but next, here is the write up/menu = Blackberry ice cream

I must say though the blackberries at the Wetlands Centre were second to none, we only had a couple but they were fat, juicy and sweet!

Dragonfly or Damselfly

I spotted this handsome or beautiful damselfly or dragonfly, the problem is I have no idea which.  I always thought that dragonflies were more ornate in colouring, but upon looking them up this does not seem to be the case.

Now from my photos can you tell me which it is and type?

Here is an interesting link on who to identify which = Dragonfly or damselfly

A fungi

It takes some while walking around the Wetlands, always set aside a few hours.  As you can see my youngest found a natural pit stop whilst I found a fungi, wow it’s just huge!


Now I presume this is a grey heron, though not entirely sure.  There is a section of the Wetlands Centre at the far end where you can go bird watching over the waters that are backed by some town houses on the other side.  It is always odd to see such beauty and then the stark reality of London in the background.


It is not often I get to see a woodpecker.  Normally you hear them rather than see them, well that is how it seems to be for me.  This was pure chance spotting this one in the distance.  He really was far away hence the photo quality of my camera not so good but at least he is there, I was rather chuffed to have caught him.




Birds Galore

My parents knew everything about birds, flowers, fish and so forth being country folk gave them an added advantage.  As a youngster I confess I wasn’t interested, I just wanted to escape to the City.

Now though I feel slightly sad that I do not have the knowledge, I can appreciate the beauty but it is at times like this when I do a write up and realize I do not know the name of this or that flower or bird that it catches up with me.

However, here are some beautiful feathered friends.  We used to have ducks and moorhens at home amongst other types but I always remember the moorhens being extremely shy so it was constantly challenge to try and spot one.  I am not sure if there are two types here, one with red beaks and one white or whether they are just different birds, perhaps you can enlighten me?



The children, as do I, always love these playful creatures.

The Wetlands Centre have EuroAsian Otters, they are small short clawed otters which are not nocturnal so we as customers get to see them which is fabulous.

Otters are included in the Wetlands Centre as they are a big part in an indicator as to health of the ecosystem in being that they are at the top of the food chain.

These two are now at the stage where they can breed, so everyone is waiting with baited breath.

Mother and chicks

I found these lovely birds right opposite the otters.  The crowds were gathering so I drew myself away to look elsewhere and get a bit of space, it was then I saw this lovely mother and her ‘chicks’.

Again I don’t know the breed, however it was fascinating watching how she tended for her young, dipping in out of the water to get food, they would sit there with their mouths so wide open the gaping hole was nearly as big as their body.  Then she would place carefully in whatever she had found for them.

So there you have it, a seasonal update on the London Wetlands Centre, if you wish to find out more about what they do, please take a look at their official website - The London Wetlands Centre

You can book tickets online here - online tickets

© Justine Nagaur,

You will also find events at the London Wetlands Centre, the next one coming up is:

Saturday 27 September

Wildlife photography: intermediate skills
10am – 4pm
If you already understand how your camera works and the basics of photography, but want to fine-tune your pictures of the natural world then this is the ideal course.

Based both in the classroom and outside you will explore and practice various advanced techniques and subjects such as

  • Lighting and exposure
  • Advanced camera settings
  • Depth of field preview/ hyperfocal distance
  • Field craft for wildlife photography
  • Bird flight photography
  • Advanced composition – to ensure your photos show what you want the viewer to see

The content will be tailored to the needs of course attendees, and with limited numbers there will be plenty of time for 1-2-1 tuition.  Iain’s wildlife photography courses at London Wetland Centre are extremely popular and places fill up very quickly, so we advise you to book early. £55pp + admission. Booking essential: call 020 8409 4400.

Wildlife photography equipment: This course is suitable for users of SLR cameras only.

Please pick up your dog poo!

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An important message to dog walkers that use any green space in #EastSheen

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Please pick up your dog poo!


Responsible pet ownership

We aim for Palewell Common and Fields to be a pleasant place for everyone to use and as most know we have a variety of users from footballers, cricketers, children, adults, dog walkers both professional and personal.

There is sadly however an increase in dog poo being left on the ground, in an hour and a half I found 10 piles of dog faecal matter whilst walking with my children.

  • Please remember to take out enough bags with you when you go walking, I estimate it’s safe to say 2 per dog on one walk minimum.
  • If you are walking more than one dog please keep an eye on ALL of them, as it is too easy for some to wander off unseen and dog their business which is then left for others to come across.
  • If you do happen to run out…

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