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Where the countryside starts

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:25am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Looking over towards the hills south of Croydon, you can see hillcrests lined with trees. Seen in this kind of light, and framed this closely, there seems to be no sign of habitation at all apart from the bird flying into the frame... The countryside starts here - kind of...

Hiding in the haze

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:47pm Monday 29th September 2014

Croydon's towers were almost completely hidden in the early morning haze. The misty conditions hung about for most of the day.

Bridge Banter: Everyone wants to watch Chelsea play, irrespective of what, who or when

Wandsworth Guardian:

7:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

It’s a measure of how compulsive Chelsea are to watch that 41,000 filled Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to watch Bolton being knocked out of the Capital One Cup.

Lunch was perfectly adequate, just not especially noteworthy: Review of Zucca, Bermondsey Street

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:00am Friday 26th September 2014

Food Bites: Carpet. In a restaurant. In this decade? It just doesn't sit right.

A grey start

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:03am Friday 26th September 2014

The air is clear and visibility is good, in spite of the lack of light under the grey cloud. Maybe it will brighten up once the sun gets a bit higher.

Back to School Shoes...for Grown Ups

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:10pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Style Theory: Shoes for autumn/winter are a major player in your capsule wardrobe. They need to be practical, comfortable and able to see you through all sorts of weather this country is likely to throw at us....the pointed loafer has come to the rescue...

A glimpse of the city

Wandsworth Guardian:

4:32pm Thursday 25th September 2014

After a week of hazy mornings, it made a change to be able to see the distant towers of the city today. There was a patch of light reflecting off the Gherkin and a nasty layer of brown smog...

After the rain

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:51pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Today began with dash of rain. It had stopped by the time I got up to the 10th floor but the B&Q car park was clearly soaked...

Much more than just great organic food!

Wandsworth Guardian: Thrift Shop co-ordinators George Cole and Alice Larsson

4:05pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Being a sustainability project, Growhampton is all about everything to do with upcycling.

Morning clouds

Wandsworth Guardian:

8:50am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Today is the first day of autumn and I got in early enough to catch the sun working its way through the haze...

Nature Notes: Autumn

Wandsworth Guardian:

8:23am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

There is naturally a degree of sadness associated with the onset of autumn.

Autumn evening over Cheam

Wandsworth Guardian:

6:15pm Monday 22nd September 2014

The days are getting shorter, the evenings mistier, there will be sunsets at hometime within a few weeks...

Mum About Town with Angellica Bell: 'Having a great cause to run for spurs you on'

Wandsworth Guardian: Busy mum: Angellica Bell.

7:00am Sunday 21st September 2014

Angellica gets ready for her next charity fundraising challenge.

St Helier in the sun

Wandsworth Guardian:

2:05pm Friday 19th September 2014

St Helier hospital building appears fully lit from the 10th floor in the middle of the day. On hazy days like this it can look very striking against a grey background.

PAUL bakery branches out into a restaurant: Review of Le Restaurant de Paul, Covent Garden

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:00am Friday 19th September 2014

Food Bites: World domination can be achieved by the simple and time-honoured act of baking, it turns out.

Bridge Banter: Will beautiful game return for Chelsea-Man City clash?

Wandsworth Guardian:

8:00am Friday 19th September 2014

With both Chelsea and Manchester City faltering in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Jose Mourinho’s warning ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash between the sides has an even greater ring of menace.

Fighting through

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:06pm Thursday 18th September 2014

The sun has made quite a good job of burning through the mist and cloud today - it was putting up a huge fight with this big bank of cloud to the west of Sutton this afternoon...

Battling the haze

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:28pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

The haze is still hanging about and seems thicker than ever today. The sinking sun seems to be making some headway as moves into thinner cloud but it could do with some steady wind to clear the air.

See Growhampton for yourself this weekend

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:03pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

If you have been following the Growhampton blog for the last couple of months, you will have read about what and how we grow organically. This Saturday is your chance to visit us.

In the season of mist...

Wandsworth Guardian:

6:02pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

The view from the 10th floor has been obscured by mist all day - apparently it has been causing serious problems in other parts of the capital so mind how you go on your way home.

Nature Notes: Surrey surprise

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:06am Tuesday 16th September 2014

There is a most attractive, very scarce and elusive late summer butterfly, namely the brown hairstreak, which flies from mid-August into late September.

Blue haze

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:51pm Monday 15th September 2014

This morning was very hazy but the sun has made its best efforts to burn through to produce a passable blue sky...

Bridge Banter: Chelsea v Swansea at the top of the Premier League, who'd have thought it?

Wandsworth Guardian:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

At the start of the new season you would have got long odds on the chances of this weekend’s top-of-the-table Premier League clash being Chelsea v Swansea.

Light on All Saints

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:18pm Friday 12th September 2014

The light is patchy today, providing some interesting spots of light and dark across the landscape. In these conditions, features such as All Saints, Sutton, can stand out bright against the darker space behind. It's a combination of lucky lighting and being willing to look about and watch the sunlight moving.

It might look like a poshed up prison canteen, but who cares when what’s coming from the kitchen is this good: Review of Lyle’s, Shoreditch

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Food Bites: Things aren’t quite as they seem here, but what they turn out to be are all the superior for it.

Summer Blues

Wandsworth Guardian:

11:39am Thursday 11th September 2014

Style Theory: This Autumn/Winter, summer pastels blend into winter pastels with blue playing a leading role. Ice blues are mixed with navys and royal blue....layer upon layer of colour, with lots of texture thrown in for good measure, think furs, leathers and glitter...

Afternoon sunspots

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:30pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

As the sun crosses the sky, there are moments when distant windows suddenly reflect strong spots of light. For a minute or two, they glow dazzlingly bright until the sun shifts its position and the light is gone.

Against a yellow sky

Wandsworth Guardian:

6:15pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

As the days grow shorter the colours of sunset are showing themselves while we on the 10th floor are still hard at work. Here is the spire at Cheam against a yellow sky. Watch out for the supermoon tonight, if the sky stays clear it could be an impressive sight.

Hold on to that summer strawberry feeling

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:00pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

Hold on to that sumkmer strawberry feeling

Nature Notes: Musseling in

Wandsworth Guardian:

7:59am Tuesday 9th September 2014

On a sandy beach, stranded above the tide line reposed a mussel shell with one end partly open and clearly very dead.

September blue sky

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:32pm Monday 8th September 2014

September may be the start of the autumn but it can have some fine days and today is proving to be one of them.

Bridge Banter: We don't need another Chelsea hero, we'll take two thank you very much

Wandsworth Guardian:

7:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

Whatever the eventual outcome of this oh-so-intriguing season, Chelsea fans have two new heroes.

Red sits apart

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:20pm Friday 5th September 2014

Looking around for detail on another hazy day this line of motorbikes with a very smart-looking red scooter set slightly apart and facing in the opposite direction caught my eye.

Refined yet generous and hearty plates of French abundance that feel like a glimpse into what Eric's mamma might have cooked him: Review of Brasserie Chavot, Mayfair

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:13pm Sunday 7th September 2014

Food Bites: That expression ‘cooked with love’ seems to fit here; there’s a side of Eric’s personality with every plate.

Grey and green

Wandsworth Guardian:

4:50pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Today has been hopelessly grey with a haze hiding much of the detail. You can just about see to Croydon, but not a lot else beyond...

Nearly ready?

Wandsworth Guardian:

2:04pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Work on the Quadrant-side entrance to Sutton station is at the "looking ready" stage. There are still signs directing the world to the main entrance but people have been observed walking along the path from the main road and along the ramp down to the entrance of Quadrant House. Is it really about to open for business or have the contractors gone off to track down a small but vital, hard-to-find final component? As I was lining up this shot, a pedestrian very handily stepped over one of the barriers and made his way to the steps...

Vote for The Hive Cafe and help us win a top award

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:24am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

The Hive Cafe run by Growhampton at the University of Roehampton's Students' Union is in the finals of a prestigious national awards ceremony, and your vote can help us win.

False alarm

Wandsworth Guardian:

4:16pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

The fire alarm went off in Quadrant House a few minutes ago. It soon turned out to be a false alarm... Back to work everyone...

Nature Notes: Black and white?

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:12am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Apart from the rose-ringed parakeet and Canada goose, few birds cause more controversy than the magpie. However, not all is black and white.

Cruel blues

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:54pm Monday 1st September 2014

There has been much talk about a return of warmer weather over the past couple of days but it clearly hasn't got here yet. This morning there were tantalising strips of blue in the sky over Croydon before the grey moved in...

Mum About Town with Angellica Bell: 'It's all about cramming things in'

Wandsworth Guardian: Busy mum: Angellica Bell.

5:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

This week, the One Show presenter reflects on the busyness of life.

Bridge Banter: Have Everton found the key to unlock Chelsea?

Wandsworth Guardian:

7:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

Everton’s scouts believe they have found a chink in the Blues armour ahead of this weekend’s clash at Goodison Park.

It looked so promising this morning...

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:23pm Friday 29th August 2014

First thing this morning the sky over south London was blue. Now and it's lunchtime and what do we see from the 10th floor? A huge bank of gloomy grey...

A spacious bar in The City with it’s top button undone, that does good reasonable food, great cocktails and often has live music: Review of Forge Bar, The City

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Food Bites: That’s almost my full checklist of a good night out.

Ominous grey...

Wandsworth Guardian:

4:45pm Thursday 28th August 2014

This bank of grey cloud with rain falling out of the bottom was looming to the west of Sutton... Keep that rain away from Sutton...

Hazy hope

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:27pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

The summer heatwave may have passed but there was hope for better weather than yesterday's dampness as the sun rose over Croydon...

Last chance for a summer salad

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:25pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

You can still grow all the perfect ingredients for a salad before Autumn arrives

Reviewed: Million Dollar Arm (PG)

Wandsworth Guardian:

11:10pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Mark reviews Million Dollar Arm. More than just a movie about baseball.

Lighting up for drivetime

Wandsworth Guardian:

7:01pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

It's been a long day and the light is getting dim as yet more rain rolls over Sutton. These drivers on their way home found it necessary to put their headlights on for the journey.

Nature Notes: Insect migration

Wandsworth Guardian:

8:32am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Sitting on a Dorset beach on a warm August day, I became aware of an occasional large white butterfly flying in fast from the sea, carrying on up the beach and finally homing in on the cliff face vegetation.


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