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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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Drawing course at Blackheath

I attended a course called "Drawing for the terrified" which took place over a period of 3 weeks at the Blackheath Conservatoire.  A really good course, great fun and here are my efforts.

Week one we had a go with still life using charcoal

Week two still drawing still life but this time with pencils

Week three we had a try at drawing a portrait, first with pencils and then with charcoal. 

Merchant of Venice at The Globe

I managed to win tickets to see the Merchant of Venice at The Globe theatre in London.  I went to with my niece, Chris, at the end of March to see the play.  It was brilliant. 

This was followed by an afternoon tea, sandwiches and cakes.
We then went off to see Jeeves and Wooster.
Lovely day out but very exhausting.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Polesden Lacey Meetup

Last weekend I joined the Hampshire Photography Meetup group to a visit to Polesden Lacey, near Dorking, Surrey.  Polesden Lacey is part of the National Trust and a great house in some lovely grounds that have amazing views.
I also had some fun making use of some postcards I bought from the NT shop using them in some photos. 

Lots more photos on flickr.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Weekend in Galicia, Spain

On 13 March I went to Spain for the weekend.   I visited my nieces and stayed in a little place called Vilaboa.  Fortunately the weather was really lovely during my stay.  

Laura (my niece) and I went out for the day to see this waterfall at Neda and then we sat and had coffee and watched the sun go down at Valdovino, it was beautiful. 

I had a lovely time and there are some more photos on  flickr.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Kew Gardens

Yesterday I popped into Kew Gardens as it was a beautiful sunny day.  I went early before the crowds arrived and took a few photos.  
There were some lovely Orchids to see too. 
Plenty more photos on flickr.

Regents Park to Camden (via Primrose Hill) Meetup

Last Sunday I went to a photography meetup with Hampshire Photography meetup group.  We started at Regents Park Underground Station, walked through Regents Park, on to Primrose Hill then along the canal to Camden.

First we walked across the road and up Chester Terrace, where the buildings look amazing.

Then on to Regents Park
After a stop for a coffee and a snack we walked up to Primrose Hill.

It was a bit windy
We then followed the canal.
And finally on to Camden
There are lots more photos on flickr.

Thursday, 6 March 2014


On a weekend down to Worthing to see my brother and sister in law we had a day trip out to Fishbourne Roman Villa.   Quite an amazing place and fascinating mosaics. 

On the Sunday we had lunch at Devils Dyke and this was the view.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Theatre - Wicked

My last theatre trip for the time being was to see Wicked.
I am sure some people love it, but I didn't, just a personal opinion.

Theatre - The Duck House

I went to see the Duck House a couple of weeks ago and it was brilliant.   A great comedy and definitely worth seeing.  Wouldn't mine seeing it again. 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Theatre - Twelve Angry Men

I had a ticket to see Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre on Thursday.   I can just about remember seeing the movie of the same name but could not remember the ending.   The play was brilliant and a great cast too, definitely worth seeing.  Interestingly the floor moves during the play but I never saw it happen!