Monday, 17 May 2010


(It's a song by Talking Heads in case you're wondering - I doubt you are though.)

What is going on along Sherbroke Way?  A week ago many of us had the joy of learning what it's like to live in rural England by being without power for the best part of a day (and water for some of it too - what a hoot).  As if this weren't inconvenient enough, we now have the the pavements and verges dug up as part of the remedial work.  In the best British way these holes appear to have been abandoned by EDF who don't appear to be acting with any particular urgency to return our development to the state in which they found it.

It's enough to make you want to produce your own energy.

Wind turbines on the hill anybody?

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Big OIe Butt

I notice that the water butts at the side of Maple Lodge have disappeared.  No doubt this is all part of the tidying up that is currently underway but it seems a shame to me that this little nod to the environment and sustainability has been sacrificed.  Hey ho.

Long Time Gone

And I'm back!

Sorry about the break, not entirely sure where the time has gone but, my, how things have moved on!

Our friendly developers are back on site and busily selling houses and tidying the place up - which is nice.  I wonder whether we will be able to keep some of their furniture when they leave?  The front of the Lodge is looking very pleasant.  I may be tempted to join them on the sofa for a coffee!

And isn't it amazing what a power washer can do for the pavements?  All sparkly.

Monday, 22 February 2010


But only in the sense that he is another Hamptons USA resident.

Downbound Drain

It seems that the drains were playing up again on Friday.  Now, I know that we have had problems with the drain under the manhole cover behind Maple Lodge but what on earth were Thames Water (or is it Surrey and Cheam) doing until after midnight on Friday?  Apart from keeping me and Mrs Hamptons Blogger awake at night?  Hmm?

All these questions but no answers I'm afraid.

It can't be right that a main sewer (which is only a few years old) needs as much attention as this one seems to get.  What is being flushed through I wonder.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Miami 2017 (Seen the lights go out...

...on Broadway).  But not in the Maple Lodge Gym!

For some reason the lights have been left on all night in the gym for the last four nights.  This isn't very environmentally friendly is it?  If you are last out can you please remember to switch off the lights?

The planet will thank you.

Monday, 15 February 2010

We're off on the Road to Rhode Island...

Being an inquisitive soul, I was browsing the internet in search of new homes and what should I stumble across?  You may well ask.  It seems that St James homes (you may have heard of them) are marketing properties in "an innovative new community" in Worcester Park in a new part of town called Providence Place.  So the next phase is being named after the capital of the USA's smallest state...Rhode Island.

More here,_Rhode_Island .  Rhode Island is also, of course, home to the Griffin family who live closeby in Quahog

Of course, I could be wrong.