New flats going up on Heath Road offer the prospect of stunning views. The building, Twickenham House, has images on the hoardings showing the type of accommodation you can expect and we have to say that having a view across Mediterranean rooftops as opposed to the Tesco Express and the railway line will be a very attractive proposition for some.
Views across Tesco and the railway
Views across the Med
Twickenham House on Heath Road
It’s amazing what they can do these days, isn’t it?
The last few days have seen some very high tides in Twickenham complete with the usual array of flooded cars on Embankment. We especially liked this photo from near St Mary’s Church taken by @twickerman and posted on Twitter. Not bad, eh?
Eel Pie Island, High Tide (Feb 2016)
Photo credit: @twickerman
Take care out there… and park wisely!
* Government Flood Warnings Map
* Environment Agency Flood Alerts
It’s the beginning of January and the daffodils are out at Orleans House Gallery. In fact, this lot were already up and blooming before we’d said goodbye to 2015. Perhaps we’re in the middle of ‘the winter that never was’. Whether or not that proves to be the case we wish you all very best wishes for 2016. Happy New Year!
January daffs at OHG
“It’s beginning to sound a lot like Bublé, everywhere you go”. That’s right folks, the Canadian crooner is blocking the airwaves, annoying people (i.e. other people generally) are clogging up the shops and pavements, and it’s wet and cloudy outside, all of which are sure signs that it’s almost Christmas. With that in mind, and also because it’s quick and easy to do, we thought we’d share some Twickmas photos with you. And that really is all there is to it.
Diamond Jubilee Gardens
Festive or what! Any plans for Christmas, etc, etc?
We’ve abandoned ‘Pic of the Week’ for the time being but thought this photo of the sky at sunset was just about worth a share with you. It was taken on Twickenham Green on a Sunday earlier in October. And for what it’s worth, no filters were harmed or used in the taking of this photograph.
Orange from Green
A bit cold, wet and miz outside? Not yesterday it wasn’t. It was bloomin’ luvverly, especially early in the morning. In fact, the view from Richmond Hill looked a little bit like this…
Twickenham, as seen from the wrong side of the river
Twickenham, you’re lookin’ good!
The sun’s been making quite a few appearances over the last week. At bloody last. If all this sunshine has caused you to forget why you love Twickenham, here’s a quick reminder…
The ‘sports hut’
Nice to see you, to see you nice. It’s Bruce Forsythia.
Eel Pie Island
Blossom at MHP
An early paddle
It’s an important Council meeting. Topics of relevance to the people of the Borough are up for discussion. You’re part of the opposition group. You want to scrutinise the plans of those in power and hold them to account. And so how do you decide to do this? Why, through the medium of Scrabble of course. What’s not to love about this picture from last Tuesday’s Council meeting at El Brute as snapped by Twickenham Riverside Tory Councillor Helen Hill.
It shows ‘Elengorn’ (he’s a Liberal Democrat Councillor for Teddington as opposed to a character in Lord of the Rings) having a dabble at Scrabble on his tablet. As Councillor Hill told us, “I was surprised to see him playing board games during an important budget meeting”. Quite.
Anyone for Scrabble?
(Picture credit: Helen Hill)
Speaking up in his own defence, Cllr Elengorn is quoted on the Richmond and Twickenham Times website as saying, “The only way of making it through Councillor Samuel’s bombastic boasts is to try and distract the mind. Unfortunately, I am capable of doing two things at once and every word registered. I don’t think I was the only one playing games, but I won’t name names”. Oh go on, please do!
Meanwhile the outcome of the meeting was that El Brute confirmed its budget for 2015/16 including Council tax remaining frozen for another year. However some fees and charges will increase to cover reductions in grants from central government.
* Richmond & Twickenham Times – Council Tax Freeze
We thought we’d take a picture of the new street and paving work going on in Church Street. At least, we thought it was new paving when we took our initial picture. Imagine our surprise (that’s right, it was just mild surprise) when less than a day later we discovered what is really going on. As part of the Twickenham Action Plan, aka the TWAP, it seems El Brute have decided to transform Church Street by converting it into a waterway. Colin Cooper snapped this picture for Twitter saying, “@twickerati have you not seen the new Church Street canal? Very Venetian. I’ll be visiting @EelPiepub in my gondola!”. Sounds like a good plan. We just wonder if LBRUT’s contractors have spotted that Church Street is not actually flat. Or maybe we can expect a few locks, a dry dock and a home for a certain royal barge too. Images of Council Leader Lord True sporting a striped shirt and straw boater belting out “Just One Cornetto” spring to mind. And can never be erased.
Church Street Canal
picture: Colin Cooper / @colin_j_cooper
Picture by Colin Cooper on Twitter aka @colin_j_cooper