Whilst observing the high tide from the balcony of the pub, which was quite narrow, I attempted to get past someone's chair.to get to my drink.
In doing so I bashed my leg on the metal frame of the chair back.The chair was missing one wooden slat and therefore the metal frame was exposed.
It was extremely painful but I didn't cry! But on the way back I bashed the other leg!
I wasn't drunk-honest!
So- beware of errant chairs on pub balcony!
See pictures below of the bruises!
Lyme disease is spread by ticks which transmit a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi.
Ticks are prevalent in areas where deer are common, as the tick feeds on the deer which can be infected with Borrelia burgdorferi.
The tick subsequently passes on the organism when it feeds again on its nearest host which could be human, sheep, rabbit, horse, cat or dog.
Only 30 per cent of ticks are said to carry Borrelia burgdorferi in this country,Therefore not all tick bites will result in Lyme disease.
The ticks inject an anaesthetic before they bite, so you don't know you have been bitten. They're easy to miss because they are as tiny as poppy seeds.
INFO ABOUT LYME DISEASE
to be continued
As one is driving through nature, with no traffic lights naturally, the animals in the park have right of way all the time!
One must be careful to travel at the 20 miles per hour speed limit at all times, as if a deer should suddenly dart out in front of you, one needs time to stop in time.
Having said that though, the deer move around in large herds and there arent many thick areas of brush/shrubs where this could occur (a deer suddenly jumping out in front of your car).
We sat and waited for about 10 minutes at this particluar traffic jam on the 19th December, which isnt too bad... considering the 40 minutes or so we waited at the buffalo traffic jam in the Kruger National Park in South Africa once!
There are several signs giving warnings around the plantation, and, as there are bogs and ponds, they do need to be adhered to.
This sign says ‘Dogs must be kept on a short lead. Bicycles, ball games and fishing are not permitted. Please keep out of streams and ponds’
This might be stating the obvious to some, but it is amazing what some people do, and I wouldn’t be surprised at seeing someone fishing here where the fish is abundant!
As one can cycle in Richmond Park, this gated plantation needs to state this too.
We did see two dogs that weren’t on leashes at all, but they were behaving well. I personally wouldn’t do this though, as if a ranger caught them, they would get a stiff fine.
The park has excellent signage.
As one exits Roehampton Gate these towering blocks of flats are there for all to see.
One of the selling points for these towering blocks on this estate is the gorgeous view over Richmond Park!
Great for them, but not for the park dwellers and visitors!
These buildings are eye sores and I would’ve thought that there would be height restriction laws in place around certain areas like National Parks.
The Locker is a small local gallery on the waterfront in Richmond.
I have never put a gallery under the warnings sections before, but I was so disappointed with this one, I have.
One thing that I did not like about this place AT ALL was the fact you have to walk past a lady (who is looking after the gallery), who sits smoking at the entrance to the gallery!
There are no windows or ventilation, and if the gallery weren’t quite long and narrow, so the smell wasn’t too bad, I would have left immediately.
As it was, we ventured inside to see what was on offer.
There were quite a few local photographs of Richmond famous statues, sights and buildings, plus many drawings and paintings by a chap called Jan Steel.
Everyone has their own style for sure, but we found them quite amateurish to be honest.
We have gone into tons of galleries and this is one of the poorest yet. And the prices are quite high! So I wouldn’t recommend this place.
Artwork isn’t good, plus it is expensive, and you have to breath in cigarette smoke.
Everything shuts at 11 and being bloody England you can't even get some booze from the offy. The only places open later are normally Edwards, Henry's and O'Neills , however the queues from 10.30 onwards are savage so you'll need to get in there earlier and cling on.
Even though this is a beautiful part of London, when we lived 5 minutes from Richmond, in East Sheen, there was one dampner.
Being on the flight route for Heathrow!
At this time, the British Airways Concorde was still in use, so every day, at around 5pm, you would hear a distant roar getting xloser. the windows would start vibrating and ratttling a bit, and then the concorde would fly over... in a flash! :)
We then moved to Wimbledon which seldom had planes flying low overhead, and we don’t have any where we are now.
They do fly over but they are quite high, so we don’t hear them.
I guess if one is only shopping or visiting Richmond for the day, having the planes flying overhead is not an irritant... it is only if you stay overnight. It may keep you up!
No so much of dangers but just to warn you, as 747 tend to fly land above Richmond peaceful space which might distract your concerntration, can be quite annoying.