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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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Saturday, 30 July 2011

St Pancras Station

I started my weekend away at St Pancras Station.  It is quite sometime since I was at the station and it was change a great deal.  The first thing I noticed was the Olympic rings, they are very impressive which is the idea and you cannot be missed by those arriving from the continent.  
I didn't get the opportunity to take any photographs of the outside of the building only the inside architecture, maybe next time.
The Meeting Place sculpture stands at the front of the station and a quite a size!
But I also came across the statue of Sir John Betjeman which was unveiled at the re-opening of the station and is to celebrate his role in saving the station.   Great statue.
I have added a few more photographs onto my flickr photostream.

Weekend in Northamptonshire

I am afraid my posts are slightly out of order but I had loads of photographs to sort through.   Last weekend I went to stay with my cousin Jayne, her husband Chris and family.   They live in a very pretty village called Stanwick.   While I was there we went out for some sightseeing and visited; the Triangular Lodge, Lyddington, Uppingham, Rutland, Burghley and not forgetting the sights of Stanwick.  I will add in all  he photographs over the next few posts including the start of my journey at St Pancras Station.   

Placido Domingo

Last night I went to the O2 with Rochelle to see Placido Domingo and Angela Gheorghiu.  It was a one night only concert and it was excellent.  Placido and Angela were on stage for nearly 3 hours.   Admittedly we were a long way back and the opera glasses were needed but it was worth it.   The amazing thing is the tickets only cost £12.00! 

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Keep off the grass

I had to include this news item, it was on the 6 o'clock news today and I also saw it in the Evening Standard newspaper too.  I took the photograph from the internet but this sign is in Raynes Park, in the London Borough of Merton, the patch of grass (although there is no grass it is all weeds) is less than 1 metre square. How how mad is this!

Mamma Mia

Rochelle and I went to see Mamma Mia at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, on Tuesday night.  The tickets came from lastminute.com and included a meal at  Kitchen Italia.   We had a very good pasta dish and a drink and then we went off to the theatre.   The theatre was packed and show was brilliant really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.

Saturday, 16 July 2011


My friend, Debbie, and I went off to Chartwell, Westerham, Kent.  Chartwell was Winston Churchill's home and as his saying goes "A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted".  It is one of the most beautiful places I know.   I could quite happily live in the house and the views over the gardens and countryside are just wonderful. 
Following our visit we decided to stop off in Biggin Hill for a drink in the Old Jail pub.
Further photographs are on the flickr photostream  http://www.flickr.com/photos/58563435@N02/sets/72157627081658067/

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Hampton Court Flower Show

Last Friday I went with two of my schoolfriends to the Hampton Court Flower Show.  This is the first time I have been to the show, although I have wanted to go for years.   The weather was not great and we did get rained on a few times so it was a little muddy!
We had a good look around all the gardens, there was a really nice wartime garden.
We also went in all the marquees and one of the interesting gardens we saw there was the garlic lovers garden. 
It was a long day but very enjoyable and I would like to go another time.

I have loaded the remainder of the photographs on my flickr photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/58563435@N02/sets/72157627191424820/

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

BBQ at Liz and Keith's

On Saturday I went up to Oakwood (which is the far end of the Piccadilly Line) to visit friends Liz and Keith for what is turning out to be an annual BBQ.  Their garden looked absolutely beautiful, they must spend hours working on it.
The weather was lovely, not as sunny as last year, but still very pleasant to sit and eat outside and catch up with some colleagues from the MoJ.