Wallgarden -Bespoke Playhouses

Hi all, first of all sorry I have not had anytime for the blog, as always time is never on my side, what with orders in and orders out there seems to be little time for anything else..

However this blog is well worth the effort, some time back a customer came in looking for some bricks and tiles, her name was Nadine Charlton.  Nadine runs a small business building bespoke playhouses https://www.wallgarden.co she was looking for bricks and tiles to use in a current project.

image8Image – https://www.wallgarden.co

We see countless bricks and tiles but its not that often we get to see where or how they are used, in this case the project is so unusual and unique it gives us great pleasure to share the images and tell the story of how Nadine takes an idea and turns it into reality.

After some time wandering around the yard she had quickly gathered up a list of what she wanted for her playhouse…

Good to see her little helper stacking up the mini bricks found in the yard along with a selection of very old clay peg tiles.

I had no idea after talking to Nadine that the little houses she builds were so amazing, we have to say we were a little shocked at the level of detail found in these little playhouses!

Rather than me try and put into words how incredible the little houses are I will let the pictures do the talking, enjoy!

image1Nadine’s little girl sitting on the step of this bespoke playhouse built and designed by wallgarden.co

image2Nadine and her little girl.

image3Incredible detail, genuine materials all scaled down into these little houses is amazing.

That smile says it all… 🙂

Thanks to Nadine and wallgarden.co for the images – all images copyright of wallgarden.co

Please note:-

23rd September 2018

My Father, the owner, is an elderly gentleman, as time has gone by we have somewhat struggled to keep up with the demands of our opening hours, please keep in mind that we do our best to keep to the advertised opening times, however, from time to time the odd emergency has meant that the yard has been closed without warning! Today, Sunday the 23rd was one of those days, sadly such a time is heartbreaking enough but in this instance it has also earned us a negative single star review online (Without prejudice, Anna Figiel – 12:45 Sunday, who complained as the yard was closed while Mr Rudd and I were at Guildford Hospital and she was unable to gain access to the business), I can not think of another time the yard has been closed without warning in the last 30 odd years with no one here to cover, typical! If you don’t want to run the risk that the yard maybe closed please please endeavor to contact us by email, telephone or take the chance on dropping by, we just don’t want to disappoint. Thank you for your understanding, Arthur Rudd Jnr.

Review from Google:-

Having made a special journey during this yard’s advertised opening hours (12.45 on a Sunday) it was very disappointing to be confronted by a barrier at the entrance with various unfriendly messages scrawled in pen on it: “Closed”, “Nobody welcome when closed”, “Do not drive round” etc. Does this mean the yard closes frequently when it’s advertised as being open? No “Sorry we are closed due to … etc.” message. Total waste of valuable time and fuel with a rude message at the end.
Without Prejudice.

Anna Figiel (Greyshott). Firstly sorry you have wasted your time! For your information, sadly we get a number of people who take advantage of the open all hours service my father has offered for the last good few decades, hence the notes on the barrier, they are blunt as many in the past ignore the barriers and enter anyway, this causes a number of problems. My father has been taken ill and admitted into hospital today and I am the only other person who runs the yard, my partner is also eight months pregnant and has issues of her own as well as our eighteen month old daughter who also needs my care, having had ten days off in the last four years since my father’s stroke I felt today was needed to deal with private matters and visit my father in hospital, I’m sorry you feel the only review you can offer is based on something that is “once in a million”, I feel your review is unjustified given you could have called the yard as it’s also our home and left a message, I would have possibly opened up for you and saved you wasting your time as you put it. Sometimes things happen that are out of my control, we/I do our best to keep people happy, offer a service that many enjoy (since 1959 – Well before Google!), so many Google reviews only ever reflect the worst in people, it’s a shame people don’t consider what maybe going on behind the scenes of a small business where we struggle to continue against the odds, I like to walk a day in someone else’s shoes before I cast judgment. Lastly I would like to add that given the circumstances I am dissapointed that after all that’s happened this week I have earned a one star negative review on Google.

Kind regards, Arthur Rudd Jnr.
P.s, we have a chalk notice board but the wind and heavy rain has washed it clean.

Google fact:- 13,500 people visit our website this quarter.

Yard fact:- We have had many customers who visit after hours, it’s no problem, they book in advance if long distances are an issue.

Please please keep in mind that we are only human, we can only do our best, this situation is frustrating and does not reflect the running of the business, we work hard, we try to keep people happy, its not always possible but you can only keep trying to provide a good service to all.
Kind regards,
Arthur W Rudd Supplies.

Mini bricks!

We sell a good number of bricks as you would expect, I know that’s an obvious thing to say given that we are a reclamation yard that stocks new and second hand bricks but in this case the buyer is slightly different, so different I thought it would be nice to write a quick blog, this customer is a mini brickworks, well a masonry to be precise! Namely Stacey’s miniature masonry, I have to be honest and say I did not expect the mini cut bricks to be 1) so small, and 2) so perfect!!! Before I left to deliver the order I did take a quick look at their site and thought, “Oh yeah, mini bricks – that’s nice” but then when I arrived and took a look at these tiny bricks I was totally impressed! If you have ever cut bricks you would know that getting a clean cut can take some skill, to get such a tiny tiny cut is another level of skill, and whats more to make them all the same a thousand times over….well….say no more…!

So if you are in need of mini bricks give them a call, how about a model of your own house made from the very same bricks we supply and sell from here! Some of the models featured on Staceys site are stunning, such detail, the skill required to build such a thing, incredible.

Fitting for the month of March I stacked up a few of the bricks I was given on a page torn from my diary and took a few snaps! I think these tiny bricks are great!

srgb-3157-2Miniature bricks made from our stock by Staceys Miniature Masonry.


Such detail in a tiny brick, the models made from these must look amazing.

Many thanks for looking.

And into the winter we go….

Weird sun, big moons and windy weather has been the story for the last couple of months, as the nights close in once again and the persistent rain rain falls things have become rather muddy in the brick yard, we have sold so many bricks this year gaps have formed between the packs and we have had to take in orders of new imperial red bricks to help fill some of the gaps. We have some nice London stocks in at this time but it looks like they will not hang around given the interest in them for feature walls this week. Lighting is an issue on a large site like this so once the sun sets we find ourselves back in the workshop doing repairs to all sort of machinery that gets used here daily. As I never seem to get much time I found myself taking a quick walk round last night with my camera in the dark, I have chosen to share the images of Mr Rudd Snr working in his workshop with his brother, also an image of the strange sun a little while back, the bright winter moon and other buildings etc here at Riverside Farm. Thanks to the customers from the USA for your kind comments this year and I hope you enjoy the items you have taken home. Regards, Arthur Rudd Jnr.

Random images November 2017.

A walk around for some random snaps.

Ok so after my long absence from the Blog I thought I had best get around the yard for a quick lap and grab some photos, please keep in mind I have chosen to snap anything that stands out in and around the yard, if you ever want to drop in and take a wander around to see similar things feel free to drop by anytime. As I always say, its never a problem if you wish to take a walk around, you are always welcome.

Random album for June 2017.

I hope you like the photo’s. thanks for looking, Arthur Jnr.

WoW – Time Flys!

Ok so I finally got a moment to drop by and write a short Blog, given the title I thought it rather cool to include this photo of Mr Fly sat on some old Iron Railings here in the yard, and how appropriate he is given how much time has past since I last wrote anything here:-

Time “Fly’s” By Arthur Rudd – July 2017

So why has it been so long I hear you ask, well the main reason is this:-

Meet Baby “Annie” Born on the 15th of January 2017.

I have to be honest and say I am a little shocked just how far into the year we are already, what with deliveries and the constant tidying up of stock this year is flying by!

Buzzards circle over Riverside Farm – July 2017

As I have not been around the yard this week to grab some new pictures of items that have come in these last few months I have chosen to post some more images of the wildlife that lives in and around the yard itself.
The buzzards seen in the above image now have some local competition with the Red Kites that have recently shown up in the area, I am looking forward to getting some pictures of them, if the swallows don’t drive them away again.

Grey Heron – Riverside Farm’s pond – July 2017

We have a good number of grey herons that often visit to fish the lake, this one likes to keep himself out of harm’s way in the thick undergrowth.

I will be back in the next few weeks to post some images of new stock, in the meantime, enjoy the summer. Arthur Jnr.

December 2016

A Happy Christmas to all our customers and suppliers!

With Christmas so near I thought I’d take five to post a quick Blog to thank all of our customers and wish you all a Happy Christmas, normally I would have some pictures to post but today I have some old film from back in 1987, this short video was made by the BBC for “That’s Life” back in 87, my father who certainly looks a little younger was put forward by a customer to the TV show as his dog at the time loved to climb ladders and jump from roof to roof here in the building yard, customers were always taken back when sticks were thrown onto the roof tops only moments later to be retrieved by the yards dog “Banjo” at the time this film was made the young fellow was four and a half years old. He was a great and much loved pet for many years to which a memorial is now placed in the top of the yard simply marked, “Banjo – Arthur’s best friend” and he truly was…

Best wishes to you all, Arthur Jnr.


October 1982 – October 1998
(Arthur’s best friend)


The weather has turned cold but the sun still shines, today or this evening in this case I find five minutes to take a quick walk around and grab some pictures for the Blog.  Keep in mind that the blog is about documenting some of what goes on here at Riverside Farm and not a page where I list items for sale, however its all for sale… The problem with the yard is stuff comes and goes all the time, if I were to list items for sale I would be starting and ending items all day long, this is a more pop in and see kind of place, for this reason I find it more informative to give an idea of the kind of items we have for sale, also don’t forget if you want to just drop in and take a look around you will never be under pressure to buy anything, we try to avoid pressure at all cost, well… I do.  Here are some images as the sun sets on this day 6th October 2016.


Last of the summer and classic cars.

Well I have to say Im sorry for not writing a blog for so long, the yard has been so busy and the days so long I just have not had the time or the energy! Now the nights are drawing in I am forced inside and will have more time to edit pictures and update the blog (well, thats the plan), this week it was nice to have a visit from one of our regular customers, a lady who is lucky to own this fantastic classic car! Seems my guess of its value did not earn me any points as I was SO far out, seems my father has a better eye for classic value than I do as he guessed the amount within a few quid, typical!


I wished I had more time to photo such a classic but customers were already waiting for me to serve them..


This car looked GREAT!


A topic of conversation for some time!

Micheal and Rob.

On another subject Mr Rudd has been back on the sawmill, cutting aged air dried oak for sale in the timber yard, this oak is some years old and makes wonderful boards and beams.


As the day draws to an end the sun sets through the trees and Buzzards call out from high in the sky, another day passes here at Riverside Farm.


Images: Arthur Rudd Jnr.

Thanks for reading, hope to meet you sometime, feel free to pop in and take a look around, all are very welcome.

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