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Richmond Park

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Richmond Park.

I was pretty pleased with myself this morning, as I stood at Richmond Station awaiting Chicchantalís arrival for our walk.

I should explain that I am terrified of getting lost. I put it down to a bad experience when I was seven. My Granddad, holding my little brother in his arms, jumped on a number 11 bus, in central London and left me behind! He only went one stop, and came back for me, but I was inconsolable. Add to that, never being allowed to go anywhere by myself while I was married, and being told I was useless, and you get someone whoís afraid of doing anything.

So when last November, I went for a walk with other spark friends from Kew Bridge, and got myself there on the tube, that was well outside my comfort zone. Since then, I have got myself to Epping, Loughton, Walthamstow, and Tottenham Hale on the tubes, gaining confidence, but still getting into a panic if I had to consider going on overground trains. Chicchantal has been very patient with all this, shepherding me around, making sure I was OK. This time after an initial panic, I felt it was time to try by myself.

So at 9.30, very early since we werenít due to meet till 10.00, there I was, with not a care in the world. My cheese and tomato sandwich in itís box, my turkey leg casserole, for dinner tonight, bubbling away in the slow cooker at home.

We headed back to the tow path. This is Richmond Rail Bridge,one of the more attractive ones on the route.

Then we branched off and climbed Richmond Hill, in the spitting rain. This rather nice building was visible through the trees, unfortunately I was standing on quite a gradient, so now it looks like the leaning tower of Richmond Hill!

This is the view from the top, where the posh knobs live!

We went into the park at the Richmond gate, and while Chicchantal was otherwise engaged, I found the first flowering hellebores Iíve seen this year, theyíre far in advance of the ones in my garden.

We then had a discussion about where we were going. There was no absolute plan, Chicchantal is still having pain from the back muscle she tweaked last Saturday, and I wasnít too fussed about where we walked, out and about was enough for me, so we decided to turn aside each time we saw civilization, and see where we ended up! Using Chicchantalís trusty old A-Z of London, to show us where we wanted to be, and my super -dooper phone app to tell us where we really were, we set off.

We headed through a thicket of trees. I would love to say it was lovely in the sunshine, resounding with birdsong! In reality, it was spitting hard enough now to call it raining, it was cold, dark and gloomy, and it resounded to the screeching of ring necked parakeets! They always remind me of a pack of children let loose with a boxful of dogs squeaky toys! Some people hate them, alien invaders! I like them, theyíre colourful, clever and resourceful. They donít get close enough to let me photo them either!

Speaking of dogs, I was accosted by a friendly one, who wanted to trip me up and examine my trousers for evidence of cat.

His name is Jasper apparently! Leastways thatís what his owner was screaming at him! Amongst other names. He was wagging too hard for me to get a steady picture of him! Definitely a case of the tail wagging the dog! I donít know why it is that animals like me so much. Iíd like to say it was my warm, loving, kindly generous nature, (By now Chicchantal will be hurrumphing!!) but itís probably because I smell so fascinatingly of cat!

We crossed a ride, and I stopped to take a photo of the view. You really would not believe you were less than 10 miles from Central London!

By this time the rain had settled down to a steady heavy drizzle, and we decided enough was enough, and headed along beside the road to the nearest gate, which proved to be Robin Hood gate, coming out beside the A3. The first bus we saw was headed back to Putney, so we hopped on and made our way back there, to catch our separate buses home. Six miles, so not a bad walk. Still very muddy, but Iím bored with showing pictures of that now.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ROSE284 2/14/2013 5:46AM

    Ooh, lovely. I've been thinking I should head over to Richmond park for a walk recently as it's the right side of town for me and would only be an hour (or so) away on public transport. I must get some trainers that don't leak first though!

I can't lie I'm a bit idsappointed taht the dog you saw wasn't Fenton!

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FALLNTENN 2/11/2013 8:03PM

    Thanks for sharing your walk. Despite the rain, it looked wonderful.

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AKELAZ 2/11/2013 6:32AM

    Behind with your blogs I'm afraid and they're always so interesting so have come to see what's going on in your life. I was brought up down the road from Richmond Park - the East Sheen side not on the hill with the 'posh nobs'. A great deal of my childhood was spent in the park with my Mother and later with friends or on my own - so this brings back some amazing but distant memories.
You've given me great pleasure with your account of it and with your pictures - glad it gave you pleasure to be there. Am much tempted now to re-visit it - and some of those friends who are still in Sheen. It's worth a visit in the late-ish Springwhen the azaleas are out in the Isabella plantation by the way.

- if you're interested.

Thanks for sharing and giving me some much needed motivation to get out and walk - even half as much as you do.

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CHIASMA 2/10/2013 3:09AM

    I've never been to Richmond, but this is exactly how I pictured it from reading Great Expectations.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/9/2013 9:11PM

    Wonderful pictures!

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DOVESEYES 2/9/2013 9:07PM

    Thanks for taking me along on the walk, I too am hesitant about finding my way alone for similar reasons. I bought a Navman that helps me but always wants me to drive to the freeways!!! I think it's pulling my leg!!! It's also difficult if you are walking :)

Loved the leaning tower and the other photos wonderful job. emoticon emoticon

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MILLISMA 2/9/2013 8:21PM

    Nice walk with some great pictures. Thanks for the tour!!!

hugs....Mary Anne

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JUNEAU2010 2/9/2013 4:35PM

    I love walking in the rain but I am not a fan of mud. Love your pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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CHICCHANTAL 2/9/2013 2:39PM

    You missed out the woodpecker - we didn't see it but we did hear it, rattling away!

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SHELLYBABE2 2/9/2013 2:19PM

    Lovely pics :) TFS, could almost imagine myself there :)

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    Thank you for bringing us along on your treks.
Love your narrative and the pictures too.
One of my "Bucket List" items is to get across the pond and see alive in-person as much of your 'isle' as possible.
Thanks again,
Keep being "Brave",

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MARIANNE9855 2/9/2013 12:56PM

    Love your walks and photos- it makes me want to jump through the computer and go.
I was always able to drive places but I had lots of anxiety about other places I wasn't familiar with- a city would be pretty intimidating for me- I need to visualize where I am going in my mind- that's why I hate GPS- I don't trust a voice telling me where to go-lol!

Sorry about your husband- he must have been pretty insecure about himself to treat you so badly- that's usually behind most bullies. If I hadn't worked and just counted on my husband for reinforcement I would think I was the dumbest person in the world.

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RAINBOWCHOC 2/9/2013 12:46PM

    The second picture is the Petersham hotel. It's where Rog and I spent our homeymoon! So sorry you had a bully for a husband, it makes me appreciate what a splendid man I have.
When you come to Thanet it is just one train from Victoria, you'll be fine! You'll have to meet up with Ani and me next month, we meet at Victoria!
big hugs

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DR1939 2/9/2013 12:41PM

    I was on a walking tour in Montreal when part of our group got left behind on the subway. It was my first time on one and it left me rather frightened. Funny thing is is that when I am with my husband I'm the one who determines which train/station/etc. we get on and off. I did decide Moscow was too scary for us to navigate alone as there are no letters that I recognize. However, I've done Czech,Polish, French, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, German, Austrian, and, of course, UK.

I love your walks!

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AUSTINLADY 2/9/2013 12:15PM

  I enjoyed your outing so much! I'm going to do an internet search on all of the places you mentioned. Also, I loved the bird descriptions as I am an avid, but rather novice, birdwatcher. Thanks so much for the pictures.

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1BEACHWALKER 2/9/2013 12:02PM

    Wow-you did all that in the rain! emoticon
I am one of those that doesn't like to go anywhere by myself either, especially walking! I am a nervous nellie and with the crime that goes on today-you can never be too careful! Glad you found some good walking companions through SP! emoticon
Great pics! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SATCHMO99 2/9/2013 11:57AM

    What a lovely blog, Stonecot. Thank you for taking me with you on your walk.

Here in Milton Keynes the rain stayed off until after my 5k run (4 out of a target of 30 this year). But then it started to snow. Luckily it hasn't stuck.

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