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A few minutes walk from the overground station at Hampstead, this is one of thirty ponds on the heath. Overlooked by a row of houses this is one of the larger ponds and is a nature reserve.

Hampstead-Pond

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There’s a view of the city skyline from Hampstead Heath – right next to Kenwood that’s almost magnetic! And it’s changing all the time…..

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The daffodils are out and so are some hardy bluebells. But it’s also great to be inside and transported to some far away art treasures through outstanding presentations by leading experts. Soon it will be Venice (with musical accompaniment) then the following month we will be off to Japan!

Kenwood-from-rivulet

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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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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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