Celebrate Christmas In East Sheen & The Hare & Hounds, 1st, 2nd, 3rd December 2016

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Celebrate Christmas In East Sheen & The Hare & Hounds,

Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd December 2016

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As you can see there are a few fun filled days of events for all ages, all provided by local business’s, an integral, important part of our community.  Let’s go and support them with a bit of festive cheer!

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There is something for everyone.  If you havn’t been to this event before you are missing out on a great community gathering, a time to catch up with friends, have a drink, shop, meet new people and find that fabulous present for Christmas and get to know your local shopkeepers over a glass of mulled wine!

Richmond Park Academy Fireworks Saturday 5th November 4.30pm onwards

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Richmond Park Academy Fireworks Saturday 5th November 4.30pm onwards

Come see a fireworks extravaganza and support one of our fabulous local secondary schools on Saturday 5th November.  Food, banter and fireworks are on the menu.

Ticket only.

Richmond Park Academy Fireworks Saturday 5th November 4.30pm onwards

 

Richmond May Fair, Saturday 14th May 2016, entertainment from 10.30 onwards

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Richmond May Fair, Saturday 14th May 2016, entertainment from 10.30 onwards

As many of you will know, the Richmond May Fair is a wonderful event, packed with stalls of delights from near and far, plus lots of activities.

Let’s hope the sunshine comes out like yesterday.

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If you wish to find out more about what attractions are on, please click here:  Richmond May Fair

Please invite your friends along and share this through your social media, the more the merrier, thank you.  Justine, Living in East Sheen

The lightning speed merry go round

The lightning speed merry go round

The Changing Seasons of Richmond Park – February

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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).

You can catch up on the seasons by clicking the category section named “Changing Seasons”

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 😀

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I went around the daffodil area of Palewell Common and Fields and was delighted to see the pretty flowers blooming and trying to make a Spring like appearance.

I am sure there must be some kind of story behind the owl in the tree, does anyone know who put it there, how long has it been around?

You will note no deer in this picture they are no doubt tucked away in the forest for it is deer culling season.

My children always love charging down the hill on their bikes which puts the fear of god in to me, it didn’t seem to scare one lonesome bird, of course I never get any birds face on but back end, it seems to be the same case with the deer, though their bottoms are prettier.

It is always a joy to see the various ‘dens’ built by children that pop up around the park.

One of my favourite views is the skyline where you see the striking difference between urban and rurul with the high rise blocks in the background.

Here we have the pond, the swan here seemed to be making a beeline for someone, it really was quite dramatic.  My children spent ages just sitting by the water’s edge for a change not making a noise, I wonder what it was that was catching their attention?  You will see of course some of our well known visitors the parakeets shaded by the setting sun, I almost didn’t recognise them as they were devoid of their greenery in this light.

Next we have the benches which is always a bit of fun for me there was quite a busy time to be had on them in a short period.

A little bit of macro.

We are further down the park now, nearer my favourite tree.  This is where my son plays at leaping over the water, always, always getting wet though he promises every time he won’t.

Wise and majestic

Changing Seasons Richmond Park February

Changing Seasons Richmond Park February

My favourite tree, again I am sure there is a story behind this great live wooden sculpture, perhaps someone will tell me?

My son on my favourite tree, a place he always goes to.

Changing Seasons Richmond Park Februa

Changing Seasons Richmond Park Februa

I hope you have had pleasure viewing this photo gallery, if so please share on facebook and tweet, share the love! Justine x

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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 😀

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

© Justine Nagaur

Diary Dates ~ Get ready for the May Half Term

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Holiday activities @ Orleans House Gallery

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Orelans House offers a range of full and half day workshops for ages 4 – 14 yrs old.  Professional artists specializing in a range of techniques from drawing to painting, sculpture, print-making and textiles.

They can provide support for children and young people with additional needs.

Here are some brief details for the May Half Term Activities…..

May Half Term Activities

Full day workshops

  • 10am-3pm
  • Materials Included. Please bring a packed lunch
  • £28 per day

Short workshops

  • 10am to 12 noon for 4-7 year olds
  • 2pm to 4pm for 7-10 year olds
  • £11.20 per session

Art Skills workshops

  • 10am-4pm
  • £30 per session

If you wish to see the full explanation of all the activities and to book, click here Orleans House Gallery can be found at:

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This is a service provided through the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames

Thank you, Justine x

Irksome homework, clay & headaches

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An odd title?

Not really…I promise, there is some relevance rather than blatant trickery trying to lure you in to a post merely by its title. It was the weekend, we decided to go for a walk, perpetuated by the need to get clay, yes clay.  Why? I hear you ask.  Well the reason is because of irksome homework.  Don’t you love it when your child’s school sets them a project of mammoth effort and size, then tell you to take photographic evidence, keep said monstrosity at home and keep it there.  Yes you got it right, spend weeks sweating blood and tears over a project and it doesn’t see the light of day in the school.  So what are we meant to do with it?  Put it on the coffee table as an artifact? So the challenge this time, to create a caste in 3D, basically build it.  My son is creating a Mott & Bailey Castle, example below:

Motte & Bailey Castle

Motte & Bailey Castle

What has this all got to do with husbands.  Well I have a husband.  Right now that sounds like it is an accessory, not like a bag which complements oneself, is useful, carries ones things and generally looks pleasing, oh no, more like “I have a headache”, a pain,   I won’t say anymore, it’s one of those days or weeks.

When homework comes up and I might upon the odd occasion ask for some input, support or otherwise on your average English assignment, do you see the headache for dust.  Oh no, no interest whatsoever and has the most amazing vanishing effect ever. However, this is a creation, something of substance and my ‘headache’ I can only assume gets on the competitive head, or is it creative head?  I don’t know, I can’t get in the mind of the opposite sex to really know, but that is how it appears to me.

What happens?  My ‘headache’ suddenly appears with enough building materials to make ‘Bob the Builder’ pass out, I suppose the fact he is a builder it really shouldn’t surprise me but it does.  You see I have sockets, skirting’s etc that have been in need off attention for six months or so, do the building materials come in for that, oh no, but within a matter of not days, but literally minutes the tool box arrives.   So in a period of a few days, the building materials have constructed the framework as you will see…it is then we need to go for a walk, to collect clay to cover said frame, after a hugely messy affair of papier-mâché is applied, yes all completed in unnervingly fast time.

Are you jealous Bob the Builder?

Are you jealous Bob the Builder?

The creation comes alive

The creation comes alive

So now it was time to collect clay.  Wellies were donned, dogs leashed up, bucket ready and shovel, yes not trowel nor spade but a great big shovel.  The dogs were keen, well at least one was, the other our old gentlemen wasn’t so sure especially when he saw the quagmire that Palewell is at the moment.

What is it about dogs and poles, as you will see our youngest, the dog that is, decided to urinate upon a “no dumping sign”, very apt.  He seemed to be having a bladder problem this day and proceeded in urinating on anything upright he could find.

We trundled in to the forest upon which the children after having found their favorite den exclaimed that the clay was in the open space of the common between the two fields, so off we went.  I must say I felt rather like a criminal, my senses very nervous about digging up a public area.

 I was convinced a Parks person would of course on that day decide to do the rounds and give us a thorough telling off, perhaps a fine?  Time in the slammer?  Alright I am getting a bit carried away now. Clay was found and dug.  I kept saying “hurry up, get it over and done with, hurry hurry” in anxious voice.  It was done plus a worm added to the mixture.

Then a meander down between the allotments, one of my favorite places. Then a wander home. The clay is still outside the house. I wonder if superman headache will decide to paste what seems to be ‘his’ rather than my eldest’s creation with said mucky material! Watch this space, I might just update this post with the ongoing antics of castle building.

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