Day in Richmond

I woke up to an overcast sky but fortunately the day turned out to be very sunny and hot. The summer is back for a day I think.

We decided to go to Richmond Park on our bikes. It is my favorite royal park, it dates back to the 13th century and was loved by the Tudors, Henry VIII frequently went hunting in the park and Elizabeth I lived and died in Richmond Palace.

We entered through the Roehampton Gate and the first thing we saw was deer, a lot of them. No surprise really as the park is home to about 600 red and fallow deer. They are such nice creatures, so graceful and pretty.

We headed toward Ham Gate and saw more deer…

I wasn’t fast enough to snap them surrounded by ferns, it looked magical.

Feeling very hungry we decided to grab some lunch at Petersham Nurseries.

Good bread, chicken salad, cheddar tomato sandwich and lovely almond, polenta and lemon cake.

I really want Skye Gyngell’s cook books!

There is a restaurant within the nursery ground, it is amazing.

Being a nursery you can buy plants and seeds, and really good quality gardening tools, accessories, wellies, rain coats and interior bits.

We purchased some seeds, these will be given away as we don’t have a garden. I would love to have one.

On the way back we went down The Thames Path. It’s so nice, like a holiday resort but instead of the sea there is river. It took us ages to get back but it was worth it, we cycled through Richmond, Kew and Barnes and eventually got to Putney were we had to go back on the road.

Twickenham Bridge – a fantastic Art Deco creation.

There are a whole bunch of things to do in this area: Ham House in Ham on …..Ham Street, Hampton Court, Kingstone, Kew Gardens, Petersham, Barnes with its Georgian houses and the London Wetland Centre not to mention hundreds of good restaurants, cafes and delis.

A great place for a day out of town.

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10 Responses to “Day in Richmond”

  1. if jane 19 September, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    (ok you really do remind me that i need to get out more! ;)) and explore those amazing little places in and around montrĂ©al….)
    but what a gorgeous park!! and i love deer…really such gentle beautiful creatures..;))
    and i essentially grew up on polenta and lemon cake…mmm…
    and what lovely flowers…i have/had a little flower garden on my front balconey…they are now in the front room since it is getting colder…but i do love flowers…
    hanks for this lovely post!!

  2. if jane 19 September, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    ps!
    you have to send me a picture (with or without your face..heheh) in s striped t-shirt..a friend already sent me one and i shall post it tomorrow…;)) see our casual conversations, actually have weight and influence…;))

  3. The Sneaky Magpie 20 September, 2009 at 2:39 am #

    I don’t even have a balcony .;( and my flat doesn’t get much sun so everything I try to grow dies eventually. I would love to have this crazy flower and herb garden with a cherry tree!

    And I will do a mini photo session today in a stripy tee. x

  4. louise de lima 20 September, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    What a lovely day! Petersham nurseries is gorgeous, isn’t it?

  5. The Sneaky Magpie 20 September, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    Oh, it is so wonderful there. It is a perfect little garden.

  6. read me... 20 September, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    Love Petersham… what a lovely day you had.

  7. The Sneaky Magpie 21 September, 2009 at 1:11 am #

    I meant to go for such a long time and always thought it would be busy and impossible to get a table. It turns out it’s such relaxed place away from the city buzz I shall visit more often.

  8. aga 23 September, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    Agus,ale mnie zainspirowalas co za cudne miejsce : Petersham Nurseries i jakie piekne fotografie…juz nie moge sie doczekac kiedy nasz ogrod bedze tak piekny ….

  9. i like it do you? 25 September, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    oh….can i come out with you one day?! what fun you have! and what pretty things you see…

  10. The Sneaky Magpie 26 September, 2009 at 4:01 am #

    ha ha ha, yes, let’s have a day out ;)

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