Friday, 30 November 2007

Quick! Last chance!

Just in case you missed it, it is only fair to remind readers of this blog (I won't embarrass you or me by revealing quite how many that is, but let's just say that we'd all fit comfortably in the pub) that there is a small gathering of bloggers, all based in and around Lewisham, tonight.

Being St. Andrews night I shall be celebrating it in the company of some very hospitable and interesting people with an incredibly varied list of interests, at the Jolly Farmers, 54, Lewisham High St, London, SE13 6LE

If you fancy popping by to say hello, or to join us, please do (I'll be the one with the beard, the drunken smile, and the camera!!)

Monday, 26 November 2007


Sometimes you see something that makes you laugh then you think "I must show this to others"


Maybe old, maybe done before, maybe a rip-off, maybe ... but who cares. I've only just seen it and I'd like to share this with you.

Probably something up Adrian's (@ fork handles) street!

And, No! It has absolutely NOTHING to do with Forest Hill (unless there are some daft punks around here somewhere).

Thanks to for the link

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Autumn Sun in Forest Hill

Despite predictions to the contrary, this morning was glorious!

Having offered to take some photos of the area as a possible new welcome photo for, and as I was walking up to the dentist anyway, I thought I'd bring my camera.

Just a few snaps that you might enjoy.

Click here for the full set, or here for lots more photos of Forest Hill and the SE23 surrounds.

[UPDATE: Check out stevegrindlay's old postcards in particular - they are currently on page 3 of the pool]

A gentle plug, and a reminder

Still catching up on the last few walks, and still WAY late on writing them up, however, I thought I'd at least use a moment to plug the latest addition to Forest Hill.

The Lemon Grove (no website that I know of) has now opened opposite Sainsbury's on London Road. We had been screaming out for a good, central cafe for a long time, and the new owners have not only provided a great looking place that actually serves good coffee (and excellent food), but they are nice people too. What more can you ask for? (Maybe free WiFi??)

If you are in Forest Hill shopping, on your way to the Horniman Museum and Gardens, or maybe browsing the Estate Agents' windows (we are an up and coming area don't you know!) you should definitely pop in.

As for the reminder, there is only just over a week to go until the next Lewisham Bloggers' drinks. Click here for more information on dates and times. If you are a local blogger and have not been to one before, or even if you just want to meet some of the people behind the blogs, do come along and join the party. Se you there!

Sunday, 11 November 2007

The final walk

OK, so the time is approaching, and the plans are not yet fully made, but some details are emerging.

As I still plan on making the December 15th the FINAL walk of the year, I have decided to make it a good one. The plan is to walk from the most Northerly point, at the end of Brenchley Gardens, and then make our way to Rockbourne Road.

The (currently) planned route is here.

UPDATE: I plan to leave from the top of Brenchley Gardens around 11:00 or so.

There have been a few people that have mentioned that they might like to walk with me (I feel honoured), including my not-quite-3-year-old daughter, so don't expect this to be a hike! I plan on keeping it relatively level, as far as Forest Hill permits anyway, and take in a few sites on the way.

If you are interested, keep an eye on this blog and I will publish the latest details as they emerge. I will give you a sneak preview of the plan for the Forest Hill Society to provide an energy-boosting mince pie along the way!

If you do plan on coming along, please do let me know so I have SOME idea of how many might be there on the day.

In residence in Honor Oak

Having realised that time is short, particularly with the planning of "THE FINAL WALK", I decided to set out to visit some of the side streets that I have missed for one reason or another.

I walked 4.5 miles (according to google maps) this afternoon, visiting the residential streets around Honor Oak mainly. I had walked this way before but had not been up and down all the parallel residential roads. However, the goal was to walk all streets, and all streets it shall be.

Most of the walk was relaxing and attractive, but relatively unremarkable. The most remarkable things were:

1. The "Survey House" building on Brockley Rise

2. The views from Blythe Hill Fields

Unfortunately for me, although Blythe Hill is bordered on many sides by the SE23 postcode, the park itself does not count, but it was worth the extra few steps.

The day itself was pretty nice (it had been brighter earlier, but not bad for November). Seeing kites flying on Blythe Hill was heartwarming as there was a family there all together getting the solitary kite aloft.

Survey House is (quite but not very) interesting and regularly catches my eye as I drive past. It seems to be some faux-Tudor sort of architecture, but the wood beams on the front seem real enough and I cannot believe it was custom built to be an estate agent. I wonder what its history actually is?! Anyone out there know?

I certainly hope they do more business as Surveyors than Estate Agents as I cannot believe they get much passing (foot) trade.

The only other remark I ought to make is, once again, to wonder at how many properties I walk past are being developed. It might be by current or new owners rather than for re-sale, but there are LOTS of empty properties being modernised around these streets and I am not sure what this means for the area except to hope that it is more exciting for new buyers.