Mortlake Summer Fair, Saturday 25th June 2016, 12-4pm

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Mortlake Summer Fair, Saturday 25th June 2016, 12-4pm

Don’t forget our local fair is on this weekend and promises to be full of fun, music, food and much more.

Mortlake Summer Fair 2016

Please share and spread the local news, thank you, Justine.

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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.


The Green,


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 Reiki H’Art Healing Hub Has Come To East Sheen

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The Reiki H’Art Healing Hub Has Come To East Sheen

What is Reiki I hear some of you ask!  What’s all the fuss about, hopefully I can elaborate a little further as written by Klaudia Kadar, our resident Reiki expert:  (my experience you will find underneath the photos, so please stay a while)

Reiki is a very gentle, highly intelligent and most efficient spiritual healing energy. Reiki helps you regain your balance on four levels, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Reiki goes to the root of your problem and makes the necessary corrections in the energy system of the body in a holistic way. As a result, most of the times after a therapy you will feel not only balanced but also happy and content.

Reiki is universal and not only in its name – meaning Universal Life Force Energy or Spiritual Energy – but also in the sense that it has a wonderfully beneficial effect on everybody and everything be it a human being, a plant, an animal or an event, with no contraindication whatsoever.

Sometimes Reiki can bring about positive changes almost instantaneously, depending on the problem it is channelled for.

Potential benefits:

• Strengthens the body’s natural healing abilities

•Accelerates recuperation after surgery

• Supports substance abuse recovery

•Reduces side effects of radiation and chemotherapy

•Deep relaxation during and after treatment

•Reduces anxiety and depression

•Enhances overall well-being

• Strengthens self-esteem & self-awareness


Now that is the official bit over, how about I tell you about my wonderful experience with Klaudia, who not only is a Reiki practitioner, but a Reiki Master which means she can teach it as well.

Klaudia has been practicing Reiki for a number of years and what you get with her during a session is a no frills therapeutic experience.  In this I mean, you get ‘Reiki’ from a very skilled practitioner.  I say this with a degree of confidence having been trained in it myself and my father being a Reiki Master.

During my session I lay down on the couch, fully clothed, the lights dimmed, some very gentle music was playing in the background, other than that the place was quiet.

Klaudia was due to start, my eyes were shut, but I knew instantly where she was as there was this incredible heat that almost had a physical entity, like electric fingers running all over my scalp, yet she was not touching me at this stage.  The heat ran down my face until there was an intense tingling sensation, almost pressure in my nose.  At this point I had a very surprising experience where I became aware of this smell coming from her hands, but not actually from her hands if that makes sense?  It was a familiar aroma that brought me great comfort, I’ve yet to work out what and why that happened.

Klaudia then worked over the rest of my body, sometimes touching my body, sometimes just hovering above. It felt as though I was melting in to the ground, there was no desire to move and it felt like my legs were lead, in a pleasant way!  There was heat running through my body in different places and I could feel the energy shifting throughout.

Then it was over, I didn’t want to leave but unfortunately I had to.  Would I visit Klaudia again?  Yes I would.

If you want to find out more about what she does, please visit her website: The H’Art Healing Hub

Or if you wish to book an appointment, you can contact her here:

Therapies take place at:

317 Upper Richmond Road West
East Sheen
SW14 8QR
Richmond upon Thames, London

Reiki in your home:

South West London: Barnes, Chiswick, East-Sheen, North-Sheen, Mortlake, Richmond, Kew, Twickenham, Teddington, Ham, Petersham, Putney

Book an appointment: 0752 3196 271  or

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday:          9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

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The Changing Seasons of Richmond Park


Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 01

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

Evening wildlife photography at WWT London Wetland Centre Thursday 14th August


Thursday 14 August

Evening wildlife photography at WWT London Wetland Centre

4pm – 8.30pm

This workshop gives keen photographers a rare opportunity to enjoy WWT London Wetland Centre in a relaxed, secluded atmosphere when most of the other visitors have left. Experience the beautiful evening light from late afternoon until dusk, taking advantage of the changing conditions to capture images that aren’t possible during normal opening hours.

The evening starts with an introductory session looking at composition and technique and you will then head out onto the reserve to spend the majority of the session outside under the guidance of wildlife photography tutor, Iain Green.

This is a tutor-led session and participants must stay with the group at all times.

£39. Includes admission to the Centre after 3.30pm.  Booking essential: call 020 8409 4400.

Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT.

Nearest Station: Barnes, Barnes Bridge.

Nearest Bus Routes: 33, 72, 209, 283.



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Sheen Mount School Summer Fair – Saturday 21st June – 11am – 3pm

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Sheen Mount School Summer Fair – Saturday 21st June – 11am – 3pm

 Seaside Theme


We are looking forward to welcoming you to our amazing Seaside Fun summer fair this weekend!

Get your beach hat on and join us for a great day of fun, including:

  • Bouncy castle, inflatable slides, bungee trampoline and go karts
  • Fantastic games, including a coconut shy, beat the goalie, tennis and fun in the pool
  • Stalls selling toys, books, plants, jam, Sheen Mount Rock and cakes
  • Arts and crafts, balloon animals, face painting and a pamper parlour
  • Amazing performances from school clubs to entertain you
  • Wonderful chances to win prizes in our raffles, tombolas and auctions
  • Great food and drink to keep you going for the whole day!

There is also:

  • Summer Fair Auction, this works on bids for fabulous lots including a holiday to Bulgaria, deer watching in Richmond Park with a Park Ranger and much more.
  • Summer Fair Raffle, there are some amazing prizes from this raffle including a two night stay at the beautiful Georgian Moonfllet Manor in Dorset plus other generous donations from local shops on our highstreet.
  • Teachers Raffle, children love to spend time with their teachers doing fun things and now there is a chance to win such an activity.


There will be tokens for all the rides and games for £1 each.  Tokens required for each activity are posted on the attractions themselves.

Swimming Pool, teachers will be running a set of games in the swimming pool so bring along a costume.  Numbers are limited so will be on a first come first serve basis.

Donations – as with all school fairs the donations make a difference.  We are still seeking the following to add to our already generously donated collections:

Beautiful cakes of any style/shape/size – there will be a seaside decorative competition for the cakes also.

Bottles, any type, non alcoholic, alcoholic, body product bottles, etc etc, (filled of course please)

Plants, any type of plants are welcomed.

Toys, any type of toys also, please have things like jigsaws complete, it’s so dissappointing to take something home only to realize you can’t complete it.


We would love these items by Friday if possible (tomorrow), but we won’t turn away anything so if not possible, please bring along on the day if you have something to donate.

…”Sea” you there on Saturday!


Address: West Temple Sheen, SW14 7RT

Thank you as always for reading/viewing

 © Justine Nagaur @ LivinginEastSheen


Oh Darling ~ Let me introduce you!


Oh Darling

I would like to introduce you to not only ‘Oh Darling’ but Ali who owns this lovely boutique shop that we have in East Sheen, London. (contact details can be found at the bottom of this post)

083Most of you will have seen Ali in her shop, I myself have always wanted to find out a little about her (that might sound weird but isn’t, promise!).

To me, Ali with her looks always had a certain ‘je ne said qoui’ and as such I was intrigued to get to know her a little better.  She however informs me that she really is quite ordinary and has no story to tell, but we ‘all’ have some kind of story to tell don’t we?

So we met up, to talk about ‘Oh Darling,’ it’s creation and also a bit about this lovely lady who wishes to make sure the residents of East Sheen have intriguing gifts, chique clothes, pretty ornaments and more to adorn our homes and  to wear.

Some Background History

Ali started of her working life as a ‘nursery nurse’ through the Government sector which she thoroughly enjoyed, however through policy changes and red tape, it ate away at the job satisfaction she felt and eventually she found herself taking on a career change.

Going in to the retail sector was through family ties, starting off in Fulham helping out relatives running perhaps a slightly less Boutique version of what ‘Oh Darling’ is now.

Luckily for us she eventually moved to East Sheen, taking over the property she is in now, but utilizing the ground floor only.  Slowly over the years she established her ‘look’ for the shop and a confident range of furnishing for us East Sheeners to enjoy!

However six years ago an informal conversation took place between Ali and two of the beauty therapists she frequented.  A suggestion was made to make a beauty salon out of her basement, everyone agreed and the idea was developed and it is now a thriving business.

Oh Darling Beauty Salon

Oh Darling reception area

Clean and elegant reception area

The salon downstairs comprises of two rooms and two full time therapists which Ali has known for a long time.

I have visited Martha, one of the therapists, quite a lot and having been a ‘holistic therapist,’ trained staff and ran clinics for over 20 years in the past I can confidently say that she is a great aesthieticienne.

Having a pedicure by Martha is like watching a creation of art being made, she treats ones feet like a sculpture being lovingly tended bit by bit until perfection is achieved.

Oh Darling Beauty very much concentrates on a core availability of treatments, the ones that we really cannot do without, leaving specialist, more costly treatments to be covered by other salons.

A basic summary of what is provided can be found below:

  • Facials
  • Body Treatments
  • Body Bronzing
  • Purifying Back Facial
  • Eye Tinting
  • Hand and Foot Treatments
  • Waxing
  • Men’s Treatments

There are some additional treatments provided over and above the standard menu, by other practitioners, these being…

  • Merz Aesthetics, Belotero which is a dermal filler by Gilham
  • RevitaLash by Justyna
  • Restylane
  • Suti by Suzanne

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday 9.30- 6pm

Friday 9.30 – 6pm

Saturday 9.00 – 6pm

Using Local Artisans and Craftsmen

Love Art by Local Artist Mandy Belmokhtar

Love Art by Local Artist Mandy Belmokhtar

Ali makes a point of trying to use local craftsmen where possible, above you will find a painting by Mandy Belmokhtar and she also sells butterflies sourced ethically, framed and presented by another local resident called Ruth Yardy.

Below you will see a brief selection throughout the post of items sourced by Ali.

Whilst talking to her and finding out about how and where she gets her merchandise from I could see an almost tangible concern that she really takes on a lot of emotional responsibility for ensuring that she provides a variety of well made interesting pieces that her customers really will want and be interested in, in the vein more of being a service of satisfaction than just retailing, which is rare and lovely to see.

Range of Products

For a small space that is not cluttered there is a remarkably wide range of items available.  There is clothing from the Great Plains range which I have used before finding them to be of great quality and simple yet chique in appearance.  There is china, glassware, cards, kids toys, jewellery, ornaments, smellies, picture frames, the list is endless.

Ali has long time friend Jo helping her out who now goes on shopping trips to scout for interesting and new items. You will always find friendly chatter and a wrapping service no matter the time of year.


Being a nosy person of course I moved on to Ali’s tattoos and her dogs.

It is quite obvious that they are utterly adored and getting the chance to cuddle six month old Mabel, a mini dutchaund was a real treat and actually made me feel broody which was pretty scary!  Her dog menagerie started off with George who is a cavalier at the grand age of 13 years old, then Monty who is another mini dutchaund yet not quite so mini, he is five years old and now Mabel. The trio of musketeers sometimes making an appearance altogether if you are lucky!



As for the creative artwork that adorns Ali’s body, for those of you as nosy as me for the story behind them, it all started in her 40′s on a trip to Bali where the first one was bought for her as a present.   I won’t tell you how many she has now, but suffice to say they are a work in progress especially the rose upon her derriere.

So if you have not been to ‘Oh Darling’ it is well worth a visit be it to shop or treat yourself to an essential wax or massage.  You will receive a warm welcome and friendly banter from all the staff.

I would like to thank Ali for letting me interview her it was a grand pleasure.

Contact Details Including Social Media


Oh Darling Beauty Salon

Oh Darling Beauty & Lifestyle Boutique


Oh Darling

Address: 226 Upper Richmond Road West,East Sheen, London, SW14 8AH


020 88767226 (Shop)

020 8876 5588 (Beauty Salon)



Thank you as always for reading & viewing, Justine xx

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Dates for diaries for food lovers!



To find out specifics click here.

It is a community effort and all profit goes to local projects.
Why not spice up your kitchen with some real treats & support local traders?


Barnes Farmers Market

To find out more, click Barnes Farmer Market

I certainly know my kitchen always could do with a dehli delight!

Thank you for reading!

Did you pop a date in your diary?

Justine x

Thoughtful Thursday ~ Quotes ~ Nature!

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Please find a thoughtful quote for a the day of the week leading us hopefully to a relaxing weekend!

That being ‘Thoughtful Thursday’.


“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”  ― Albert Einstein
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein

Any pictures shown are taken in and around East Sheen.

This photo comes from my Flickr.

Thank you as always for reading/viewing!  

What did this quote make you think?

Justine xx

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As always thank you for reading/viewing!  Justine xx

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Past surprises!

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In ‘Wordless Wednesdays’ I am going to ‘highlight’ an image taken from somewhere either in the local area, a topic of seasonal interest or of similar nature!


Taken in Palewell Common Easter Sunday

Thank you as always for reading!

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