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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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Thursday, 31 July 2014

River Cottage

In June I won a competition, with Abel and Cole, for a 4-day cookery course at River Cottage.   I, like many others, have seen the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage programmes and having the opportunity to visit the farm and also to learn to cook was fantastic.   The prize also included 4 nights accommodation in a hotel plus I was allowed to take a guest that was also allowed to take part in the course. 

The dates were fixed for July but I had to think about who to take with me.   I chose my friend, Sally, who is an avid Hugh F-W fan so she was an obvious choice.   When I told of the prize and asked if she was free on the dates she was delighted. 

We went down on a Wednesday and met up in Axminster and did a little bit of sightseeing before heading off to the Hotel.  The Dower House Hotel was lovely and the hosts Rosemarie and Neil were very welcoming. 
On the Thursday we set off to River Cottage to start our course.
We then spent the next 4 days cooking and learning new skills.   We cooked our own lunch and dinner and there was plenty of food to take home too.   Here are some of the dishes but there are plenty more photos on flickr.

We had the most amazing time, cooked some great food, learnt new skills and came away with lots of food and a Hugh F-W book.   It was a brilliant prize and I can only thank Abel and Cole for the opportunity. 

Tour de France - comes to London

The Tour de France came to London on the 7 July 2014.   I went up to town with my friend Melanie and we stood near to Blackfriars Station.  We had to stand for quite a time through all weathers, sun, wind, rain etc. and eventually all the cars and sponsor vans came through. 
We had to wait awhile longer and then the bikes came through really fast.   Lots more photos on flickr.

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.