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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If you are interested in my crafts then I have added these to my crafting blog -


Sunday, 31 October 2010

Happy Halloween

I am not a Halloween fan and if it was forgotten about next year and never mentioned again in my opinion it would not be missed.    However, I saw in my local florists a very good window display so I decided to give Halloween a very brief slot in my blog, and wish all those that read my blog a Happy Halloween.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

When we are married

Don't get excited!  This is the name of the play by J B Priestly that we went to see at the Garrick Theatre.

It was quite a cast with; Roy Hudd, Lynda Baron, Michele Dortrice, Maureen Lipman, Susie Blake, Simon Rouse to name but a few.  The play was very funny but I am not going to spoil the plot, you will have to see it. 

Trip to London

It is Rob's last weekend with me (for awhile) so we decided to take a trip into London to go to the theatre.   We bought our theatre tickets and then took a stroll around the west end.   We went down an alley called Cecil Court which looks like it hasn't changed for many years.   This alley is full of shops selling old books, maps, medals coins etc.  

And opposite the theatre I saw this lovely lamp and I couldn't resist a photo opportunity.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Oops I think they made a mistake

Went out to the Purley Way for a look around some of the superstores and on the way back to the tram stop, I saw this sign for a new store called Best Buy.   I am sure Best Buy are a very good store but unfortunately they are a little confused with their dates.   Last time I looked November only had 30 days.   I think the sign meant to say October.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Early Christmas Presents

Rob and I went shopping today and he bought me a food processor, toaster and coffee grinder.   The coffee grinder, which is also useful to grind spices was to replace my old one that died.   The toaster to replace the one that Rob broke this morning and the food processor because I have never had one and this is a really nice compact one to fit into my compact kitchen.    I know it is not Christmas but it would be silly not to make use of them now.  :-)

Friday, 22 October 2010

Blue Peter Whizz Kids Christmas Appeal

I have been doing some voluntary work for the Blue Peter Whizz Kids Christmas Appeal.  The appeal consists of kids making Christmas cards to be sold in Tescos.  Once the appeal was launched packs of cards together with items to stick on the cards were sent out.  The appeal had such an overwhelming response that it meant the number of cards and packs had to be reduced so that all those that applied could receive a pack.   Now the decorated cards are coming in they are being package up in plastic wallets to be sent out to Tesco and will be on sale very soon.  It is not the most exciting work, but lovely to see all the hardwork that has gone into making the cards.  

This is the room (well half of the room), in Victoria SW1, where all the work is taking place.

Book - The Beach Hut

I finished reading The Beach Hut by Veronica Henry, yesterday, what can I say about it; it was ok, a nice easy read but not particularly exciting. 

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Digital Photography Course - Week 5

Last week our assignment was to photograph autumn colours.   This week we used the photos we took to make a slideshow.  We edited it, added titles and music using the Photo Story software, which is free. 

Here is my slideshow, I hope you like it. 

Monday, 18 October 2010

The Temptations

There is always quite a lot of entertainment on the Warner Breaks and on the Saturday night we were expecting The Temptations tribute group.  We were delighted to find out that the group actually included one of the Temptations, namely Richard Street >>>>

We were told that a couple of singers could not come over from the USA but they managed to get a former member of the Drifters, namely Ray Lewis, to join them.  So we were treated to both Temptations and Drifter songs.

<<< Ray Lewis and Richard Street

They certainly kept us entertained and we had both a great night and weekend and here we all are.

Weekend with my school friends

Each year my school friends and I get together for a weekend away.  We have been doing these weekends for the last 4 years and they are always good fun and an opportunity to catch up.

This year we had a Warner Break and went to Sinah Warren, Hayling Island. 

We arrived on Friday and checked in, we then took a walk down the road to find out about the ferry and the bus to Portsmouth.

< Boats near the Hayling Ferry

On the Saturday we took a late morning ferry over to Southsea and picked up the bus to Portsmouth. We visited the Gunwharf Quay which includes many historical buildings, shops, restaurants, pubs and the Spinnaker Tower.

So following some retail therapy and lunch in the Custom House Pub we visited the Spinnaker Tower.

The Spinnaker Tower is a 170 metre visitor attraction in Portsmouth and there are amazing views of the South Coast from the observation floors.    The Tower is taller than the London Eye, Big Ben and the Blackpool Tower.

We took the lift up the observation floors of the Tower and on the 1st observation floor there is a glass floor.

< here is Sally and Kate on the glass floor.

The views from the tower are amazing and you get an excellent birdseye view of Portsmouths historic dockyard.


I managed to zoom in on the HMS Victory
and the flags on the HMS Warrior


We were really lucky with the weather and the sun continued to shine while we were up the tower which gave this really great shadow.

I had to include a couple of photographs of some weathervanes I saw while in Portsmouth as weathervanes are favourite of mine.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Walking Group - Nonsuch Park

Following my walk on Monday I was told about a walk that takes place on Thursdays at Nonsuch Park.   I joined the group today, there were only 5 of us but it was a good long walk it took just over one hour.  It  was good to go somewhere completely different.   

The trees are starting to change colour and I think over the next few weeks these walks will certainly be very colourful before the leaves start fall from the trees. 

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Digital Photography Course - Week 4

I had no problems getting to the course this week, I didn't take any chances and went a different route, by train and bus. 

This weeks class was about White Balance and understanding how light appears as different colours depending on light available.  It took awhile to find the White Balance on the camera and now I know that the AWB doesn't mean Average White Band, but Automatic White Balance.   It appears that I have various white balance settings; daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent and fluorescent H (daylight fluorescent).   There is a custom setting too but I am sure that will come later. 

Having found all these setting we then took some photographs of the same subject to see how they varied.  Below are the results:-






Monday, 11 October 2010

Walking Group - Morden Hall Park

It was a beautiful sunny day today so I decided to join a different walking group, which are part of the Walking for Health Initiative http://www.wfh.naturalengland.org.uk/   They meet on a Monday morning and do various circuits of the Morden Hall Park.    I had a lovely walk around and managed to take some photographs too.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Helen's leaving do

I made a present for Helen's leaving do, which was a book called "Helen's Guide to SW1".  This included loads of photos of the local area and can be seen on my crafting blog http://lynnes-crafting.blogspot.com/2010/10/leaving-present-for-helen.html).  Thursday night was the party.  It was lively, the alcohol flowed and everyone had a great time.  I am sure Helen will do well in her new job.

There were loads of photographs taken but I don't think they are to be seen by the public so just included one of myself with Helen.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Red sky in the evening

After getting soaked on the way the work this morning, it was all change and the sun came out.  The day turned into a lovely sunny day and this evening the sky looked amazing.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Digital Photography Course - Week 3

Week 3 - first I must mention the journey to the college, I know I have to get 2 buses or a train and bus but it took nearly 2 hours to get to the college today.   It seems that looping trees on each of 4 roads that meet at a crossroads is a good idea, after all why distrupt 2 lines of traffic when you cause 4 queues of traffic.   Despite all of this I made it to college and was a little late. 

This week we used the computers to look at our pictures and change some aspects of them.  We used a  software called Picasa, which is free!  

I have added some photos with the originals so differences can be seen. 

Original photo

Cropped photo

Black and White Photo

Original night photo

Once it has been cropped and straightened

Original Photo

Photo with a tinted background