A few minutes walk from Petersham Nurseries along the towpath towards Ham, you come across Hammertons Ferry which is a very small passenger and cycle ferry which crosses the Thames from Ham to Twickenham. It has been running since 1908.
On the Twickenham side of the river they hire wooden rowing boats (below). My friend and I decided to try our hand at rowing. The Thames is very tidal and we were rowing upstream against the tide which was hard work but certainly a rewarding experience. You have to steer clear of other boat traffic most of which does not follow the etiquette of the river. This can be a challenge and we came uncomfortably close to one of the boats that takes tourists on the river.
We swapped places in the boat and nearly managed to capsize it — we were comforted by the fact that there is a life belt in the boat! We rowed upstream and back for over an hour. It was so peaceful and pleasant despite being hard work.
Stopping for lunch at the White Swan Pub, Twickenham
What is better than sitting in 28°C by the Thames with a cold beer and good food?
On the left of the photo below is The White Swan Twickenham pub which was our reward after our rowing experience! It's a two minute walk from where you hire the boats and is definitely worth a visit — superb views, food and, of course, beer!
Petersham Nurseries is one of those places that is good for the soul. It is all about beauty and style, both outside and inside. I'm there at least three times a month and have rarely left there empty handed!
It's a half hour drive from my home which takes me across Richmond Park, another place that is good for the soul. It's hard to believe that you are in a big city when you are in the middle of the park surrounded by trees, bracken and deer.
s many of you know, I love Petersham Nurseries and am a frequent visitor. It's described on their website as "Internationally prized garden centre, Petersham Nurseries is a tranquil oasis
and seedbed of inspiration" and that about sums it up. The highlight is always the shop which is in one of the glasshouses. The styling of the furniture, accessories, plants & flowers is superb and I find it a real inspiration. I love to wander around admiring and of course buying one or two things as it's very difficult to leave empty handed!
The stunning azaleas & rhododendrons in the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park followed by tea & cake at Petersham Nurseries
Petersham is a wonderful place to appreciate the changing of the seasons. I particularly love the way the shop is styled with a mix of items for the home and plants & flowers. Their styling is superb and always a great inspiration. Take a look.
Petersham Nurseries is an interior stylist's paradise as the shop is so beautifully styled into "rooms" or zones with a clever mix of plants and vintage and new items. Take a virtual trip via this post.