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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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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Tour of Australia (Part 2 - Alice Springs and Ayers Rock)

On Day 6 of our tour we flew from Perth to Alice Springs.  On arrival we took a mini bus out to the bush and we were shown how to throw a boomarang.   We then had a BBQ and were shown how to make damper with syrup all washed down with wine, beer or water. 

The following morning we visited the Telegraph Office, the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctors museum. 

We also saw the war memorial where we had a great view over Alice Springs. 

Later in the day we came to Simpsons Gap, this was gap where the telegraph was able to pass through.  
The next day we left Alice Springs for Ayers Rock.  We first saw the Olgas.

In the evening we had the Sound of Silence dinner which was amazing.  .We had local dancers
 Saw the sun setting and enjoyed a great meal of Soup, Lamb, Kangaroo and a selection of desserts

The next morning we were up really early to witness the Ayers Rock at sunrise, which is quite spectacular. 
More photos of the tour are on flickr.

Lambeth Palace Gardens

Last week, on a nice dry warm day, I went with a friend to visit the gardens at Lambeth Palace as part of the National Open Garden scheme.  

The gardens were just lovely.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Tour of Australia (Part 1 - Perth)

In March I did a tour of Australia it is taking me a time to go through the photos so I will update the blog as I get through each part of the tour.  

We met at Heathrow and started our journey with a brief stop in Dubai and eventually arriving in Perth, Western Australia in the early hours of the morning.  

Our first day we did some sightseeing which included Kings Park 
The following day we did a trip up to Freemantle where we saw the War Memorial 
On our last day in Perth I had a day off from the tour and did my own thing.  I took a stroll down Elizabeth Quay where I sat a sketched the Perth skyline. 
I visited the Bell Tower and listened to bells that came from St Martin's in the Fields in London.
I also had a stroll down the town to the London Court and to the Supreme Court Gardens.

Finally I went to the Mint

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.