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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I haven't been to see tennis at the Royal Albert Hall for years but thought it was about time to go again. I went with my friend Val to the first afternoon and we saw Greg Rudeski v Goran Ivanisevic then Jeremy Bates v Henri Leconte. It was a really good afternoon.
I decided to do a Photoshop Elements course at the local college. I started with the beginners course and moved onto the intermediate course. One of the projects we had to do was a montage made up of at least 3 layers. This Rocketman was my montage.
I went up to London today and walked up Regent Street to see the Motor Show including the cars that will take place in the Veteran Car London to Brighton Race that will take place the following day (Sunday 3 November 2013)
My school friends and I like to meet up for a weekend to catch-up on everyone's news, go out and about and find nice places to stop for a coffee. We went to Littlecote House this year. During out weekend we did a trip to Marlborough and Hungerford on the Saturday.
On the Sunday we found the Littlecote Roman Villa and Orpheus Mosaic and then to the local village pub for lunch. It poured with rain while we were there and we got absolutely soaked.
I have always wanted to visit Bletchley Park so my friend Val and I set off from Clapham Junction to Bletchley. Bletchley Park is only a short walk from the station. We had a great lunch and a look around the mansion.
It was lovely inside and there were some great features.
We then went off to look around all the other exhibits.
We did hear an explanation of the Enigma machine but frankly I didn't understand a word of it. But I did find the whole place really interesting and will definitely going back soon. More photos on flickr.
Finally managed to get tickets to see the TV recording of The Last Leg, with Adam Hills, Josh Widdecombe and Alex Brooker. Rochelle and I had attended the studios the week before but we were unlucky but this week with priority tickets we were there. We had a brilliant time and the whole show was hilarious.
Today is the Environmental Fair at Carshalton Park.
The fair is quite large, with loads of stalls, food, plants, charities, therapies, entertainment and lots, lots more. I bought some cards and chatted to a couple of therapists that I know and found out about a local cycle initiative that allows you to cycle safely off road.
I met up with my school friends on Monday for a day out. We met at Windsor for a coffee and then we walked along the High Street to The Long Walk and down to the entrance to Frogmore House. We went passed the Mausoleum, which was closed, through the grounds which has some amazing trees, then on to the House. The house was lovely, very cosy with beautiful views of the grounds.
Just back from a couple of days at Missenden Abbey to do a photoshop elements course. It was a residential course and I had to go up on the Wednesday afternoon as it was quite a journey. The accommodation was ok and the food was excellent. We spent all day Thursday and most of Friday working on the computers. Hopefully I will be able to remember some of what I have been taught. I did manage to see some of the Abbey and the gardens and as you can see they were lovely.
On Friday I went with my friend Andrea to Chart Edge Gardens near Westerham, Kent. We had lunch in Westerham first and then walked up the hill to the gardens. Chart Edge Gardens are not open very often only a couple of times a week for a few hours. We had a good walk around and the gardens were beautiful. I have attached a few photos here and there are some more photos on flickr.