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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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Festive Treats

I have been making some festive treats.  Last year I made Truffles but this year I thought I would make something different so not only did I make Rum Truffles, but also Chocolate Fridge Cake and Peanut Butter Squares, thanks to Lorraine Pascale's cook book.

Here is the Chocolate Fridge Cake, with digestive biscuits and Maltesers to give the crunch.
The Peanut Butter Squares - very scrummy 
Here they are all bagged up and ready to be given away. 

Tuesday, 18 December 2012


Today I popped into town to meet my friend Val.  We headed for Vauxhall as I need to get my camera cleaned at Fixation and it seriously needed it.   Following the cleaning session we went to have a potter around Brunswick House and then had lunch my the river.   On a walk back to the station I thought I should try out the newly cleaned camera and I saw a side of Vauxhall Bridge I have not seen before.  

Friday, 7 December 2012

Goodnight Mr Tom

I was fortunate to win tickets to see Goodnight Mr Tom and I went to see the show yesterday with my friend Karen.  

We met for lunch and had a good opportunity to catch up and then off to the Phoenix Theatre for the matinee performance.  

The story is lovely, I really liked the dog and the other animals a squirrel and birds, none of them were real but very cleverly portrayed.  It is a great play and the audience, including lots of schoolchildren, enjoyed it.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Our first snow this winter

This morning it was a bit of a surprise to wake up to snow falling and settling.   This was unexpected and fortunately it all went by lunch time.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Walk around London

I went out with the Hampshire Photography Meet-up Group for a walk around London.  We met at Waterloo and walked towards Westminster Bridge.

We then went over the bridge and down Whitehall, passed the Cenotaph and then up to Horse Guards.

We walked up towards Pall Mall, St James Square, Jermyn Street and St James Street.

Then made our way back to Westminster, this time crossing Lambeth Bridge.
And back to Westminster Bridge.

Saw this sign on the way back to Westminster Bridge, which quite amused me.
I have added some more photos to flickr.

Book - Casino Royale

I just finished reading Ian Fleming's book Casino Royale.   This is the first Ian Fleming book I have read I enjoyed it and will have to think about reading some of the others.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Mosaic at Mitcham Junction

On my travels back from London today I saw this lovely mosaic at Mitcham Junction station.

Great St Helen's: Sculpture Space

Today I went into London to take some photographs for college, but while I was in the City I came across the Great St Helen's Sculpture Space and I thought I would also photograph these pieces too.

First the map that shows where are the pieces are located.

Then each of Sculptures, first Roman Standard, 2005 by Tracey Emin

Flowers that Bloom Tomorrow, 2010 by Yayoi Kusama

3 Men Walking, 2008 by Julian Opie

Hammer (Blue), 2011 by Michael Craig-Martin

A Couple of Differences Between Thinking and Feeling, 2000 by Angus Fairhurst

Caterina Dancing Naked 02, 03, 04 2009-2010 by Julian Opie

City of London Rococo, 2012 by Dan Graham

Bottle II, 2010 by Thomas Houseago

Monday, 19 November 2012

Richmond Park

Yesterday I met up with a couple of ladies from the Camera Club for a visit to Richmond Park.  It was one of those beautiful sunny autumn days and we set out to get some good photographs and practice with our cameras under different settings.  

The deer were quite accommodating and didn't move too much 
The cyclists were moving quite fast and they gave us the opportunity to do some panning.
There are some more photos on flickr.

Friday, 16 November 2012

National Maritime Museum & Ansel Adams exhibition

Following my trip into the west end I went on to Greenwich, here is a view of the city.  
I didn't have a great deal of time to look around Greenwich so will have to go back soon. I went to the National Maritime Museum to see the Ansel Adams photography exhibition, which was brilliant.  

London's Christmas Decorations

I was in town yesterday and saw some of the Christmas Decorations in town and here they are.
This is James Street and the decorations look like the swinging ball executive toys but I don't think these swing!  The following decorations were located around St Christopher's Place. 

I also came across this cute little elephant.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Mum's Pictures

As I have not been out and about recently but I wanted to add something to my blog I thought I would include some of the work that my Mum made or painted over the years.   First I have included a couple of cross stitch pictures she made.   One is my name which she made for me and the other she made at the time of the Queens Silver Jubilee.

The following pictures are ones that she painted.  The first is a landscape she painted from a photograph, this picture is now with Steve.
Lance has the Primrose picture below.
The following picture is at Mum's home.
I have the following pictures.  The first picture is of the dining room from her house, the next is a spider plant and finally my favourite the sweetie jar, which she gave to me a long time ago.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Book - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

I finished Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday yesterday. An enjoyable book and written in a different kind of way with letters, emails and an interview taking you through to the end.

Westminster Abbey with the BRC

This mornings service at Westminster Abbey was A National Scout and Guide Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving.
The address was give by The Reverend Richard Windslade, the District Commissioner Of Ampthill and Woburn Scout District.  His address was amusing, he spoke the words from Bonnie Tyler's Holding for a Hero and at the end made it a little interactive so we can thank you our neighbours.

An enjoyable service.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sights around Sutton - No 3

The following are photographs of the wall in Sutton that includes the towns that Sutton is twinned with; Wilmsersdorf, Gladsaxe, Minden and Gagnu.