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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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Friday, 29 April 2011

Royal Wedding - William & Catherine

Today was the Royal Wedding, Prince William married Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey.   It was a beautiful pageant and it shows that us English can certainly put on a magnificent spectacle.   I wish William and Catherine (Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) a long and happy marriage.

Sunday, 24 April 2011


The amazing hot weather continues and as it is a holiday weekend too I took myself off to take some photos.  I went up to Crystal Palace park to see the dinosaurs.   I used to live in Anerley which is down the hill from the park and the park was always a favourite of mine. 

I went to Crystal Palace by train, went into the park and passed the stadium, which looked like it has seen better days. 
Then on to the dinorsaurs.   The creatures were built in 1854 by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins.  It 1973 they were made Grade II listed buildings, they were restored in 2002 and eventually made Grade I listed buildings in 2007.
I have always been a fan of these dinorsaurs and the park generally.  I will go back and soon and take some photographs of the rest of the park.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Health Awareness Month - SCHN shop opens

Today is not only St Georges Day but also the opening of the Sutton Complementary Health Network shop for one month.   Having worked hard yesterday to get it all sorted it did look great today and the open took place with all of us wearing our SCHN polo shirts.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Health Awareness Month

The Sutton Complementary Health Network have taken over a shop for one month to launch a Health Awareness Month.   We will be in a shop in Times Square, Sutton.

I am doing some reflexology taster treatments during the month too.

Friends back garden

I wanted to include these photos of my friend, Val's, back garden.  She lives in Blackheath, which is quite built up (apart from the Heath) and it is a very busy with people and traffic.  Her garden is quite amazing and different.  It is quite like a jungle but interesting all the same.

Friends flat in Woolwich Arsenal

I went with my friend Val to visit her brothers flat in Woolwich Arsenal. The flat is in a gated area and close to the historical area of Woolwich Arsenal, there are museums, shops and lagoon on site and the place was all very quiet. It was really oasis in such a busy part of London.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Buckingham Palace

Had a lovely lunch in town yesterday my friend Nadine and then took a stroll around to the Palace.  I figured this is the closest I am likely to get to the Palace before, during or after the Royal Wedding.  All the flowers and flags looked lovely.

There are a few other photos on the flickr photostream too.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

London Marathon

Today was the London Marathon so I went into London to watch and cheer on some of the runners.   I went up to London , walked over the bridge and watched from Upper and Lower Thames Street.

There were a great number of people watching and running as you can see.
The only person I recognised was the runner Iwan Thomas.
Saw the Rhinos and loads of other characters.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

The Rookery, Streatham

Today I took my camera for a walk to Streatham Common, I walked up the side of the Common and at top there are some Gardens known as The Rookery.  Many years ago this was part of the Streatham Spa and the gardens were part of the grounds of a house called The Rookery.   When the Spa declined local residents campaigned to keep the gardens and they were formally opened as a public garden in 1913.

Personally I don't remember of any of that but I do remember as a child playing there with my brother and cousins.  It was always the place to go during those hot, dry summers.  We used to send leaves down from the top of the waterfalls and watch them float through all the small falls and steams.  It was also a great place for hide and seek.   
There were a couple of things I noticed that were different, the drinking fountain is there but not working, it is probably a health and safety issue!   Also the huge plants that looked like giant rhubarb were missing but they probably out grew the space. 

It was certainly very peaceful today and the little cafe outside the gardens looks worth a visit for the next time. 

I took quite a few pictures that are now on the flickr photostream. http://www.flickr.com/photos/58563435@N02/sets/72157626509890878/

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Lemon Tart

I made a Lemon Tart yesterday as it is one of my favourites, easy to make and the lovely end to a meal.  The recipe came from allrecipes.co.uk. 

I didn't make the pastry the local supermarket provided that I just make the lemon bit.  I used the following:-
3 eggs
7oz caster sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
4 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons plain flour

All mixed together and poured into the pastry case.
Then cooked for 20 minutes in a preheated oven on 180 C.

Once it is cooled it was dusted with icing sugar and then served with a strawberry or two.
Very scrummy!

Monday, 11 April 2011

Monday Walking Group

As the good weather continues and I did not have any plans this morning I decided to join the Monday walking group for the walk around Morden Hall Park.   I know I have walked around this park many times but it does always appeal especially as it was such a gorgeous day.

During the walk there were a few herons spotted and we also managed to see their nests up in the trees. 

It was certainly beautiful along by the River Wandle and there were plenty of ducks

The statues of Venus and Neptune were in the main park but unfortunately they were vandalised, they have now been repaired and these Grade II listed statues have now been placed on Wandle island where I hope they remain safe. 

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Sunny April

April has started with some warm and sunny weather.  This lovely weather has been really good for a few days now and it has got into the 20's, mind you it will probably change soon, but I took the opportunity to go down to the river at Kingston on Friday and took a few photos. 

Thursday, 7 April 2011


I am not sure why on the warmest, sunniest days of the year so far I decided to stay indoors and de-clutter.   But it started yesterday when I thought I ought to at least clear out one of the drawers in craft corner (that is a corner of my lounge dedicated to crafts).  The corner appears to have been under a layer of dust for sometime.   So I thought if I did at least one drawer a day it would eventually get sorted.  The first drawer went so well and was so easy I started on the next and the next and spent the entire day going through the lot. 

This morning I finished off and made up my mind which bits could be sold on ebay and which can be given away. 

I would photography craft corner but it is not quite the neat tidy area I would like it to be so that will have to wait.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011


Val and I went out to Guildford for the day, on Monday.  It was a case of we were both free had nothing planned but it was too close to pay day to go further afield as travelling can be costly, so we went to Guildford. 
It is a very nice town or should I say city, as it does have a cathedral.  We only concentrated on the shops today and not the historical parts of the city, may be next time. 

It was a lovely day out.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Titanic Exhibition

Thursday I met my friend Sarah at Greenwich North so we could go to the O2, (it used to be called the Millennium Dome) to see the Titanic Exhibition.  You have a timed entrance, just as well as it got quite busy. 

The exhibition consisted of the story of the building of the ship, stories of some of the passengers, finding the wreck and some of the artifacts.  All of which were very interesting.

When you enter the exhibition you are given a boarding pass and the name of an individual that travelled on the Titanic.  I was Mrs Elizabeth Nye and the reverse of the boarding pass gives you some information about the person.  Towards the end of exhibition you can check on the list of passengers to see if you survived the sinking of the Titanic or not.   

Spring Term - Digital Photography week 10

On Tuesday we had the last class of the photography course, we again looked at Paint.net but this time we were looking at curves and levels.   Both of these can be used to alter the photos with both light and colours.  I didn't bring home any examples and I will have to see what I can do to put some in here. 

I must say I really enjoyed the course and would definitely recommend it.   You will have to see what I do next!