Welcome to my blog

This is my diary blog which I started when I retired from the Civil Service in April 2010. I like to include some of the things that I see and do with as many photographs as possible. Thank you for visiting my blog I hope you enjoyed it and will return to see what I have been doing. Or you could always join and be one of my followers.

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Nunhead Cemetery

Joined a photography meetup on Sunday to visit Nunhead Cemetery.  The weather was a little chilly and there was a shower or two, but we still had a good time looking around this amazingly overgrown cemetery.  

More photos on flickr

Also did a little scribble picture after the event.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Wimbledon Tennis 2014

Yesterday I had my first experience of Centre Court Wimbledon.   I had managed to get seats in the ballot for the 3rd day of the tournament and I was very much looking forward to the day.   My friend, Rochelle, and I saw 3 matches, first up was ladies singles Casey Dellacqua v A. Radwanska,  then we went on to the mens Grigor Dimitrov v Luke Saville and finally a really exciting game with Novak Djokavic v Radek Stepanek.

 During the day I also spotted Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in the Royal Box.

A few more photos on flickr.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Drawing course continues...........

During the second and third week of my drawing course we drew and finished pictures of a lion and cub and Grace Kelly.   

The lion cub does look a little cuddly and and I am not sure Grace Kelly looks like her, but they are not too bad for a beginner. 

Bletchley Park

Last weekend I met up with my cousin Jayne and her husband Chris for a day out to Bletchley Park.  I love this place, it has a wonderful feel about the place and is most fascinating.   Lovely to catch up with Jayne and Chris too.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Drawing course

Started another drawing course, near to Beckenham this time.    I am doing the morning course, drawing for the terrified and an afternoon course drawing portraits.   These are my efforts so far.  

Physic Garden

Met up with my school friends and we had a visit to the lovely Physic Garden in Chelsea.   Great opportunity to catch up with friends. 


Thornton Heath meetup

I joined the Lenses of Croydon meetup group on a visit around Thornton Heath.   The weather was terrible but about a dozen of us set off from the Leisure Centre and walked around the area.   It was interesting and I met some lovely people.  

Lots more photos on flickr.

Salisbury Cathedral

Yikes I have not updated my blog in ages..................

In May I had a weekend away with friends in Amesbury, on the Saturday we took a trip to Salisbury.  We went on the Salisbury Cathedral rooftop tour.    It was a really good visit to the cathedral and steps, over 300 of them didn't seem too bad.   Definitely worth a visit. 

Photos on flickr.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Mile End to the Olympic Park meetup

Last Sunday I met with a lovely bunch of people from the Hampshire Photography meetup group for a walk around parts of London I am not familiar with. 

We started at Mile End underground station and walked through Mile End Park along the Regents canal passed a couple of locks. 

We then arrived at Limehouse Basin. 

It was then a long walk along the river, this was the boring part of the walk until we reached the Three Mills.  It was like an oasis.  The buildings were really interesting and this is definitely a place worth visiting again. 

A little further on we came to the Olympic Park.  

It was a really interesting walk on a really beautiful sunny day. 

Lots more photos on flickr.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Bluebell Railway to Sheffield Park

A few weeks ago I took at trip on the Bluebell Railway from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park.  The weather was not great but it was good to see the steam trains and the old railway stations. 

Then I walked our the field towards Sheffield Park and wondered around the gardens. 

Lots more photos on flickr.