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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, 23 August 2015


I went down to Boscombe for a few days to do some drawing but I also had some time to go for a walk down to the pier, where they have a musical theme.   

I also found some modern art.

These few days were part of the Art Holidays in Dorset at the Boscombe Spa Hotel.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

The 70th anniversary of VJ Day

On Saturday 15 August 2015 it is the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

My great nephew Jack had the honour of lighting a candle at the ceremony at St Martins in the Field, in the presence of the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, other royals, the Prime Minister and many veterans. 

Day out at the Bluebell Railway.

Last weekend was a photography day out with the Hampshire Photography Meetup group. We spent the day in and around the Bluebell Railway. 

We met up at Horsted Keynes for a Vintage Vehicle Fair.

Then we went up to Kingscote Station where I found some bees to photograph, amongst other things.

And we did see some steam trains too.
And finally down to Sheffield park. 

Lots more photos on flickr.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Kingston welcomes Korea

Last night I went to see a recital which forms part of the Kingston welcomes Korea.  It was held at the All Saints Church, Kingston.  The two performers were Grace Yeo and Marisol Lee who played piano and violin.   A very good concert but a shame the audience wasn't very large.  

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

On Monday I went to the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery to see Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon.   The images were lovely.  All the photos had similar mounts and frames so there was no distraction from the photos.   It was a great exhibition and worth seeing. 

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Anniversary Games

I went to the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium yesterday.   We were very lucky with the weather as the previous day had been very wet.  

The stadium looked great.

The pole vault took place on the Saturday as it was too wet on the Friday.

It was good to Jessica Ennis-Hill taking part.

It is always amusing to see the little delivery vans doing there bit too!

A few more photos on flickr.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

Last night I went to St Sepulchre's without Newgate, in Holborn Viaduct to attend a concert of the Pittsburgh Youth Orchestra. 
The concert was great and was well received by the audience, as there were several encores.  A very enjoyable evening. 

St Sepulchre's is a lovely venue too.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Lilies on the Land

I went to a little oasis in Croydon today called Matthews Yard, I have never been there before but I think I will have to visit the place again.   The cakes were lovely.  

I went there to see a great play today called "Lilies on the Land".   It was performed by 5 girls and they were really good.   A nice way to spend Sunday afternoon. 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Popular posts - 5 years on

It is now 5 years since I started this blog, I must admit I have not been so good at updating it but I will try harder. 

I thought I would look again at the most popular posts that are listed on the right hand side of the blog. 

The order of the popular posts have not changed apart from the numbers going up.  The Walk around Richmond (part 1) had the most hits and as at today 1184 hits.   I must get around to finishing this walk and publish part 2.  Next comes the Fish Pedicure - 1717 hits, then Street Furniture - 1188 hits, the Berlin Holocaust Memorial with 1022 hits, and Berlin Checkpoint Charlie with 944 hits.  

The Audience numbers have gone up too and the hits from within the UK was 23,704, the USA 14,988, Germany - 1,530, Russia - 1,441.  The list continues with France, India, Canada, Singapore, Australia and Italy. 

I look forward to seeing how the posts are going in the future, but I need to keep blogging. 

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Wimbledon 2015

I was lucky enough to go to Wimbledon Tennis this year to both Centre Court on the first day and No 1 Court on the 12th day.  
I saw Novak Djokovic -v- Philipp Kohlschreiber, then Maria Sharapova -v- Johanna Konta.

This is the view from our seat.
And who is this in the Royal Box?   I spot Trevor McDonald the newsreader.
On the 12th day I was on No 1 Court. It was the Girls Final.

Sofya Zhuk won and was presented with her prize by Ann Jones
 Late I managed to see Goran Ivanisec, who is brilliant and fun to watch.