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


Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Will Young at the BBC

My friend Sally contacted my recently to say that she had obtained tickets for the Will Young concert to be recorded at the BBC for Radio 2.  

Sally came down to London and we queued outside the BBC building Portland Place.  Eventually we were let it to the studio and we had the pleasure of listening to Will Young for about an hour and 20 minutes.   

It was a really great performance.

Pen pal visits London

My pen pal, Cindy and her husband Jim visited London last weekend.  Cindy and I have been pen friends for over 40 years, we have sort have sort of grown up together and until December 2010 had never met.  But last December I took a trip to Berlin and met Cindy and her husband, we met again, briefly, in May this year at Heathrow airport and then again last weekend when they did a flying visit to London.

We met at the Cabinet War Rooms so we could visit it together, then we took a walk up to the National Portrait Gallery for dinner and good long chat.  

I gave Cindy and Jim a small gift that I had made them, which I included in my crafting blog.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

At the Guildhall for the BRC

On Friday 18 November I attended the Guildhall in the City of London for a first aid event for the British Red Cross.  The Guildhall were hosting a luncheon for City of London pensioners and fortunately there were no casualties.   We were also able to enjoy the lunch - which I must say was delicious. 

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Remembrance Service

There are Remembrance Services all around the country today.  I took part in the parade and service in Croydon as a member of the British Red Cross.   We walked from West Croydon through to the Fairfield Halls, Croydon where the service was held.    We then walked to the Cenotaph in Katharine Street for the wreath laying ceremony. 

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Lord Mayor's Show

On the second Sunday of November every year the new Lord Mayor is sworn in and his carriage and parade leaves from the Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice.  Once he has been sworn in he leaves again and parade continues.  

I have added a few more photographs on to the flickr photostream

Friday, 11 November 2011

Armistice Day - 2011

Today is Armistice Day also known as Remembrance Day or Poppy Day.  The day is to recall the official end of World War I in 1918.  The hostilities formally ended " at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.  

At 11.00 am there was a two-minute silence were millions across the UK remember those brave heroes that fought and died for their country.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, 
We will remember them.


And today is also 11/11/11 - 11th November 2011

Spa Day

In January I won a Floatation Day at the Nirvana Spa in Berkshire for 2. 
http://lynnes-diary.blogspot.com/Floatation Day

Well on Wednesday my friend Val and I went to the Spa for this experience.   First, I noticed about the place is that it is huge!  We were welcomed and given all the information, robes and towels and timings we needed.   So off we went to get changed into our swimwear and into the hydro pool first which was lovely and warm and where you get pummelled by jets of water.   

We then went to check in for the floatation part of the experience.  We told all about the minerals and salts that the pool contained.  Then we went into a training pool to make sure we were happy about entering the water and laying on our backs, we also taught how to stand up which is something we had to practice.   Once we were ready we were taken into the floatation room.   One at a time we walked into the pool (there were 4 people at a time) and then we laid back and the let the water gently take us off in an anti-clockwise direction around the pool.   It was so relaxing and felt wonderful.  The lights were lowered and we just relaxed for 40 minutes, you could sleep if you wanted to or just gaze at the star light ceiling.  When the time was up the lights came on and we made our way out of the pool.  While we showed to get wash off all the salts we had the opportunity to try some different products which all felt lovely.

After this experience we changed into some dry swimming costumes and went of our buffet salad lunch.  We then spent some time on the heated stone loungers and also say by the pool making the most of the free drinks available.  Then at about 3.30 we went back to the cafe to indulge in a glass of sparkling wine before we changed back into our normal clothes and made our way home.   

It is an amazing spa and the experience was so lovely I would definitely do it again.