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.

If you would like to use one of my photographs then please ask me first, as they are all subject to copyright.

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


Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Paralympic Torch Relay

Today the Paralympic Torch came through London on the way to the Olympic Stadium.  The torch was running about 2 hours behind schedule but we waited and it rained but eventually it came.    There are some more photos on flickr

Monday, 27 August 2012

I have grown some chillies

On my kitchen windowsill I have been growing herbs, chillies and tomatoes.   Well the tomatoes were few and far between.  The herbs are growing well and the chillies are making slow progress but they are coming along.   This is my first harvest.

Book - A Perfect Obsession

Finished the book A Perfect Obsession by Caro Fraser on Sunday.  I have read other books by Caro Fraser and I really like the entwined relationships between the characters together with the backdrop of   legal, courts, barristers, clerks etc., reminds me a little about the old day job!  Enjoyable book. 

Pheasant - Stained Glass

My friend Val has produced yet another excellent stained glass picture.   This one was a commission and the request was for a Pheasant, I think she did a great job. 

Knole House

Last Friday I went with my friend Andrea to Sevenoaks to visit Knole House at NT property.    There was no photography in the house so I took some of the building and I managed to see the deer in the park too. 
A few more photos are on flickr

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Eltham Palace

Had a day out with my friend Debbie and her boys to Eltham Palace.   It is many years since I have been the palace so I didn't remember much about it.   There was no photography in the house so I have concentrated on photos of the gardens which were beautiful on such a lovely sunny day.  

A few more photos on flickr

Ham House and Garden

A couple of weeks ago we finally had some sunny weather I took myself out for the day with the camera.   I went off to Ham House and Garden, a National Trust property near to Richmond.    The journey was quite easy on the buses via Kingston-upon-Thames.   I thought I had been to this property before but when I got there I realised I had not been before.   

The gardens were really pleasant to wonder around and they have a magnificent kitchen garden the produce of which are used in the cafe.
There was an exhibition of work in and around the house and garden which made the visit even more interesting.   
I did go into the House too and managed to take a couple of photos.  
Also had a very nice lunch in the cafe and an ice cream from the shop.  

I have added more photographs to my flickr

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Book - I, Michael Bennett

This morning I finished reading I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.   I love this series of books but I did feel slightly up in the air after finishing this one and want to know what is going to happen next!   

The book covers don't look to good on my e-reader but still an easy to carry several books with you. 

Book - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I finished reading The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach, about a week ago, loved the who concept of the English retiring in India.  Very amusing now want to see the film.

English National Ballet - Swan Lake

I have been so glued to the TV watching the Olympics I have not been updating my blog so here goes.  Last Wednesday night I went to the Coliseum to see the English National Ballet to see Swan Lake.   It was beautiful.  The seats were up in the balcony but then again we did only pay £10 for them.  Surprisingly it was cool in the theatre bearing in mind it was quite warm outside.   

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Olympic Football

Last December I won tickets for the Olympic Football - Mens quarter final.  My friend Rochelle and I didn't know until earlier in the week which teams we would see play on Saturday 4 August but it was Senegal -v- Mexico at Wembley.  

First we went to the Commonwealth Club to be greeted and handed our tickets, travelcard and free gifts.
We then had plenty to drink and eat plus we had the opportunity to have our photographs taken with the Olympic Torch.  
We then made our way to Wembley and came across some interesting characters.
We had great seats and the game was exciting and after extra time Mexico won 4 - 2.  

The crowd numbered 81,855 so arriving and leaving the stadium was pretty amazing but there were plenty of police.