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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.

Obituary: Sir Richard Attenborough (Actor / Director)

Wandsworth Guardian:

12:25am Monday 25th August 2014

Mark pays tribute to local Legend Sir Richard Attenborough

Reviewed: Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For 3D (18)

Wandsworth Guardian:

7:53pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Mark gives his view on the return to Sin City.

Movie Preview Show: Bank Holiday Special

Wandsworth Guardian:

12:48pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Movie Preview Showcase Bank Holiday Special.

Mum About Town with Angellica Bell: Where is the time flying to?

Wandsworth Guardian: Mum's the Word with Angellica Bell: 'I have the patience of a saint'

6:00am Sunday 24th August 2014

It’s been a landmark week for my son, as he’s graduated to a toddler bed. I must confess though, it was much more of a big deal for me.

Blue and grey

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:19pm Friday 22nd August 2014

This afternoon the sky is filled with dappled clouds between the odd patch of blue. From the 10th floor, it can look like one huge bank of grey but there seem to be patches of sun on the ground. Have a good bank holiday!

If I choose to eat at a new opening twice in one week, the place is doing something right: Review of Lima Floral, Covent Garden

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

Food Bites: With some of the best pisco sours in town.

Morning sun

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:41pm Thursday 21st August 2014

This church to the north of Sutton is not very easy to photograph. It is a little too far off to capture well without a very expensive zoom lens and the light can be a little hazy. However, it's always worth trying to get a shot if you can so here it is...

Hey honey, take a walk on the wild side!

9:58am Thursday 21st August 2014

Foraging for wild food? Nothing tastes sweeter!

Cosy and Chic...The Oversized Cardigan

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:39pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Style Theory: Cosy and chic, a comfy, soft oversized cardigan to wrap around you as the evenings become colder or to make coming back from a hot summer holiday just a bit easier.

Something nasty in the sky

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:14am Wednesday 20th August 2014

There may be a clear blue sky outside this morning, but there is also an ugly dark layer of pollution...

Just before the rain

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:40pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Dark clouds have been advancing from the west and the rain could be seen rolling over towards Croydon. Conditions like this can provide strong contrasts of light and dark in the clouds as captured here...

Nature Notes: Bird Watching

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:11am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Birdwatching steadily increases in popularity while the enjoyment we derive from feeding garden birds supports a major industry supplying a range of nuts and seeds and ever more sophisticated designs for feeders.






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