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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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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Sown some seeds

Today I planted some seeds for my new window herb garden.  I have successfully grown herbs on the windowsill before but last year I didn't grow anything from seed at all and I wanted to have another go this year.   I have planted 3 types of chillies, 3 types of tomatoes and 3 types herb.   Hopefully something will grow or I will end up with 9 empty plant pots.

Diving World Cup

Rochelle and I went to another Olympic test event on Wednesday.  We had tickets to see the 18th Fina Visa Diving World Cup at the Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park.   We were there for the Women's Synchronised 10m Platform preliminary.   The Team GB girls did very well and went through to the next round which was later that evening and they eventually won a bronze medal.  

The Aquatic Centre is a great venue.  The spectators have an excellent view of the diving board and at the other end of the pool there is a huge screen to see the event all over again.   One thing to mention it is seriously warm for spectators!  

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Photography Challenge

At the Photocraft Camera Club on Wednesday evening we saw the results of the "Variations on a theme" challenge that had been set a few weeks before.   There was no judge, no prizes but just an opportunity to see what the members of the club could come up with using various themes such as; Geometry, Kitchen, Spirals, Low Angle, Humour and Texture.

I chose Kitchen for my theme and here are two of my photographs.
Cheese grater - climbing wall

Demerara Beach

Guards Museum

After lunch I decided to visit the Guards Museum in Birdcage Walk.  It is a museum I wanted to visit for sometime and just never got around to it until now.  You cannot take photographs in the museum, which is shame but it is worth the small charge to go in.  

Outside the museum is a statue of Field Marshall The Earl Alexander of Tunis 1891-1969 - Colonel Irish Guards.  I really like the detail on this statue.

Grosvenor Chapel

While photographing the Animals in War Memorial I spotted down a side street this nice looking church.  The Church is actually in South Audley Street and it is the Grosvenor Chapel.
The Chapel has served the parish of Mayfair since 1730, situated in the heart of Mayfair, the congregation is made up of people who travel in from other parts of London, or who are visiting London, as well as those who live locally.

Animals in War Memorial

On Wednesday I went up to London to meet my friend, Nadine, for lunch and decided to go up earlier to take a few photographs.  I took a bus to Park Lane to take photos of the Animals in War monument.  This monument stands in the centre of Park Lane and it is something I have often passed on the bus.   The monument is a wall with mules on one side of it and a horse and dog on the other.

The wording on the memorial reads:-

Many and various animals were employed to support British and Allied Forces in Wars and Campaigns over the centuries as a result millions died - Pigeon to the Elephant they all played a vital role in every region of the world in the cause of human freedom – their contribution must never be forgotten.

This monument was unveiled on 24 November 2004 by HRH Princess Royal KG KT Matron – The Animals in War Memorial Fund.

Monday, 13 February 2012

My lovely niece

I did have this post on my blog before but it some how got deleted.   This is a link to my niece Laura's blog which has a link to a photograph that was taken of her when she was in Camden. 

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Back to Broadway

I went to Wimbledon Theatre this evening, with my friend Jane, to see Back to Broadway it was a really good show with loads of songs from musicals and the singers were brilliant.    It is definitely worth seeing this show.

Sunday, 5 February 2012


Last night and until the early hours of today it snowed.  We have been expecting this snow as the weather forecasters  kept saying the big freeze was coming.  We only had a couple of inches and today the weather has warmed slightly so it has started to melt and turn to slush already.   It is supposed to freeze this evening but tomorrow it will warm up and melt away. 
A view from my window

Friday, 3 February 2012

Narcissi tazetta

I received a Narcissi bulb for Christmas from my friend Rochelle.  I followed the instructions and planted the bulb and now I have this beautiful flower that also smells lovely.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Billy Elliot

I took my niece Laura to see Billy Elliot, the musical at the Victoria Palace, London.   I have see the musical before I really enjoy.  It is very powerful as it is based at the time of the miners strike.  The music is different to that of the movie and it is not one of those musicals that you come out singing too but I still like it.