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No more basements, fewer HGVs and  a rethink on the dams on Hampstead Heath. But now that Spring looks probable and Summer possible, it will be great to take a proper stroll again…

Heath-with-grasses

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There are excellent views over the city from Hampstead Heath but it’s perhaps surprising that you can still catch a glimpse of the City of London from some narrow side streets in the village  itself. Here’s one from a turning near Christ Church to the north of the town.

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Whitestone Pond in Hampstead has recently been given a makeover. It started life as a watering hole for horses – and being near the much missed Jack Straws Castle it was a peoples’ pleaser, too. It sits proudly at one of the highest parts of North London. Well the exhibition is now over so there’s more time to get out and about locally now…

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…..now there’s a chance to paint outside – or at least in a greenhouse.  Latest inspirations came from several sources: Darwin’s House in Downe, Kent, Myddleton House in Enfield, and the Heath is looking great, too.

Darwin's Greenhouse

Darwin's Pots

Myddleton-Greenhouse

Heath-towards-Kenwood

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A stroll across towards Hampstead Heath from Kenwood reveals – for locals – a familiar view. The huge house peeking through the woods is Athlone House. Over 150 years old it’s been a private house, an RAF college and was used by the NHS, but now very sadly it’s under threat of demolition. So I thought I’d paint it, as many have done before.

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The pond at Kenwood looks wonderful from the house, but close up the little bridge is a charming feature. The water lilies are flowering and the meadow beside it includes striking foxgloves. There’s something magical about it at this time of year.

Kenwood-pond-bridge

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Before the concerts change the serenity, pond side at  Kenwood House offers a tranquil spot and a great place to sketch. Some in the group stayed near the House – which is still shrouded in mystery while major renovation work takes place. Others of us wandered into the surrounding grounds. It’s very familiar territory but there’s so much to see and it always seems fresh:

Kenwood-pondside

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