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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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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Weekend in Avignon, France

Also in April I had a weekend in Avignon, on the Eurostar.   We had a great little hotel not far from the station.
Our view of the hotel courtyard 

 The weather was perfect and we managed to see the sights.  
 Palais de Papes

Pont Saint-Benezet

We had some pretty good meals including some tasty tarts from Ginette and Marcel's
There are some photos on flickr.

Girls weekend at Gunton Hall

At the beginning of April my school friends and I had a weekend break at Gunton Hall, Suffolk.    On route we had a coffee break at the River Stour, Flatford, a very pretty place where John Constable famously painted the Hay Wain

We stayed in chalets, which started being a little chilly, fortunately the heater worked.   Our view from the chalet was rather nice (when it was sunny).
We had a very wet Saturday in a not so inspiring Lowestoft, but Sunday was beautiful and sunny and we went off to Southwold.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Magic Lantern Festival

I went with a friend to the Magic Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens.  The display was amazing and definitely worth a visit.

Here are a some pictures of the displays and with more photos on flickr.

Theatre trips 2016

I have started the year well with my theatre trips and hopefully I will beat my last years record.

This year I have been to:
Guys and Dolls - one of my favourite musicals
Private Lives - I do like a bit of Noel Coward
Red Velvet - really interesting play about Ira Aldridge and brilliant acted by Adrian Lester
50th Anniversary Tour of Round the Horne - This was a radio show and I can remember some of it from my childhood.
He Who Falls - (Celui Qui Tombe) - this was at the Barbican and was a mime performance and very interesting.
Carnival Dreams - The Musical - I am not sure this show deserves much comment, but the singing was good. 
The End of Longing - The Matthew Perry play which was ok. 
The Last Tango - this was Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone performing in their last tour and it was the most beautiful show. 

Not a bad start to the year!

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Theatre trips............last lot for 2015

This is my last list of theatre trips for 2015.  It has been an amazing year and I have managed to get to 25 shows. 
This list consists of the following:-
The Shawshank Redemption
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
When we were Women
Mr Foote's Other Leg
Dawn French 30 Million Minutes
The Snowman. 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Crafty weekend at Missenden Abbey

Lovely weekend at Missenden Abbey making some lovely crafty bits.

My boxes and card.

The work that we all produced over the weekend. 

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Sushi Making

As part of my birthday present this year I was given a voucher to attend a sushi making course. 

The course was at Yo Sushi near St Paul's Cathedral.   There were 15 of us on the course and our Chef was very patient with us all.   We made so much sushi, some of which was eaten immediately and remainder we took home.   It was really good fun and food was so tasty.

Sinah Warren weekend 2015

The annual school friends get together weekend took place at Sinah Warren this year. 

We were pretty lucky with the weather and this is the view from our window.

On the Saturday we did a walk to West Dean Gardens were we had a long walk and a very nice lunch. 

Sunday we went to Arundel Castle.   

The Gardens are pretty special 

And I found a cat in the greenhouse.

I was impressed by this Crown Fountain, 

Plenty more photos on flickr

Friday, 30 October 2015

Weekend in Galicia, Spain

This is my annual weekend visit to Galicia Spain.     Had some lovely weather and a very nice sunset.

Did a trip to La Coruna and saw the Tower of Hercules.

We also went to the Monte de San Pedro where there was a great view of La Coruna.

Also met Baloo the new dog.

More photos on flickr.

World Cup Rugby 2015

I managed to get tickets for one of the World Cup Rugby matches at the Olympic Stadium.   I went to see South Africa -v- USA.     Unfortunately, USA didn't do so well as the final score was 64 - 0 but it was a great atmosphere.