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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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Photography course - Summer Scenes at the British Museum

Yesterday we went off the the British Museum for our photography course.  We were initially going to Surrey Street Market but as the weather was looking a little dodgy and as we had torrential rain and thunder storms the British Museum was a better choice.  We took the opportunity to look around different areas of the museum taking a look at the various cultures

Here are a couple of my photographs and the remainder are on the flickr photostream.

Friday, 24 June 2011

London Wetlands Centre

I booked myself in for a photography day at the London Wetlands Centre in Barnes. http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit-us/london   This was a birthday present to myself.   The day was taken by Iain Green (Photographer) http://www.naturebygreen.com/profile/  and it started with a really useful talk to get us to think about what we wanted to photograph and how to prepare for taking those photos.   He showed us some of his amazing pictures taken both in the UK and abroad.   We then went outside, in the morning we went to the Wildside and in the afternoon we visited the Waterlife area.   There was so much to see and enjoy and we were lucky with the weather too. 

Iain was available for us to ask questions and to give us loads of advice on the use of our cameras, getting some good shots and where to find some of the elusive creatures and plants.  
I don't think my photographs of the wildlife were particularly good and my knowledge of birds etc has not improved.  I seem to do better with flora, as they don't move as fast!  Below is a link to my flickr photostream from todays visit.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/58563435@N02/sets/72157627037964252/

It was a really good day and the Wetland Centre is definitely worth a visit.   And if you are into photography then I would recommend booking on one of the photography days.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

It's my birthday

Yes today is my birthday.   I had a fab time, lots messages, phone calls and cards. 
Then met my friend, Val, for afternoon tea at Soho's Secret Tea Rooms http://www.sohossecrettearoom.co.uk/ for sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea, plus a glass of champagne.
Later met my another friend Rochelle for a glass of wine or 4 and a few chips in the Westminster Arms. 

Absolutely brilliant day!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Popular Posts

It is always fascinating to see which posts become the "Popular Posts" and I have been looking through the stats to see how many hits the posts receive.   The Popular Posts show down the right hand side of the blog.  The Berlin Holocaust Memorial has had the most hits, as at today - 706 hits.  Then Fish Pedicure with 285 hits and My herb garden with 189 hits.    The list then goes to the Walk around Richmond (171), Le Gavroche (136) and Camber, Lydd, Dungeness (134).

The oldest of these posts being the Fish Pedicure, then the Camber post and My herb garden.  These posts have been part of the Popular Posts since August/September 2010 when they first appeared on the blog and they continue to get hits.

I also looked at the "Audience" to see where the hits come from.  Most of the hits come from the UK with 4,424 hits, the USA - 1,385 hits and Singapore - 441 hits.   This list contines with Spain, Germany, Canada, Australia, India, Netherlands and France.

It is nearly one year since I started the blog so I will have to see what is popular next year.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Photography Course - Summer Scenes at St James Park

Yesterdays photography class was out on location at St James Park, London.  We spent 3 hours taking photographs and trying to think of imaginative ways to include; people, flora, fauna, landscape, action and black and white.  Thankfully the weather was great and I think we all did pretty well. 
I have added the photographs to my flickr photostream  http://www.flickr.com/photos/58563435@N02/sets/72157626968041920/

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Weather in June

Today is the 12 June and the weather is terrible.   It has not stopped raining all day.   This year up until June, and especially over the last 3 months, the weather has been really dry with hardly any rain.  But over the last week there have been several heavy showers and if you are unlucky enough to get caught in one then you are likely to get soaked! 

I took this photograph looking out of my lounge window and wanted to show the rain pouring down the window.

Book - Hide and Seek

I finished this Ian Rankin book last week.  It is the second in the Rebus series but I did find it a little bit of a struggle to get through.  I had downloaded the book on to my eReader but seemed to forget to take take it with me, hence the length of time it has taken me to read it.   It is a murder story which is full of twists and turns but it did not catch my interest that much.  Never mind I got through it eventually.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Photography Course - Summer Scenes

On Tuesday I started yet another exciting photography course, this one is called Summer Scenes and during this course we go out on location for a couple of the classes.  Next week we are off to St James' Park to take some photographs.  This week we planned our visit and thought about what we wanted photograph and what modes we would be using.  So what this space for next weeks photographs. 

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Beddington Park

Following my constructive morning of making wedding invites (see crafting blog), I decided to join a walk around Beddington Park as part of the Wandle Festival this weekend.  The walk was enjoyable but I seem to have taken most of my photographs at the beginning and end of the walk.  The pictures are around the Carew Manor and St Mary the Virgin Church.
 The rest of the photographs are on my flickr photostream  >>>>>>