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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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas 2013

Getting ready for Christmas the tree is decorated. 
And as I am visiting friends over the Christmas period I made some Peanut Butter Squares and some Chocolate Truffles.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

North Greenwich - Thames Barrier - Royal Docks Meetup

Met up with the Hampshire Photography meetup group at North Greenwich and took a bus to the Thames Barrier.   

We then walked back to North Greenwich along the river. 

And took the cable car across the River Thames to the Royal Docks.

We also saw the old Spillers Millennium Mills building and the SS Robin steamship.

It was a really good meetup but got a little chilly so I didn't hang around for the night shots but had a few of the sun going down. 

We arrived back at the O2 to see the Coca Cola truck and this amusing sign at North Greenwich station. 

There are some photos on flickr.

Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall

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. 

Micky Flanagan at the O2

A few months ago I won tickets to see Micky Flanagan at the O2 in October.   The dates were postponed until December but we finally managed to get to see him and it was brilliant. 

Photoshop Elements course

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. 

Sarah Millican at the Hammersmith Apollo

Earlier in the year I bought ticket to see Sarah Millican at Hammersmith Apollo.  I think she is a great entertainer and it was well worth the wait.   A really fun evening.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Regent Street Motor Show - November 2013

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)

There were some modern cars on display too. 
Lots more on flickr.

Halloween 2013

As I may have said before Halloween is not my favourite time but I made a special effort and made some almond cookies, perfect for Halloween.

Littlecote House weekend 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.
More photos on flickr.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Model Railway Exhibition - Worthing

I went down to Worthing for the weekend and we went off to visit a model railway exhibition - great fun!

Lots more photos on flickr

Bletchley Park

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.

Friday, 6 September 2013

The Last Leg

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.   


On Monday I had a day out to Southampton with my friend Val.   Neither one of us had been to the place before and we hope there would be some interesting sights to see.  
Well we found this place, an interesting memorial which was the church of the sailors

Bargate part of the old town 
And a number of Rhino's

Monday, 26 August 2013

Environmental Fair - 2013

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.  

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Frogmore House and Garden

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. 
I have added some photos to flickr.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Missenden Abbey

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.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Cricket - Stained Glass

One of friends is a brilliant stained glass artist and this is her latest piece for a 65th birthday.

Hyde Hall

After a lovely BBQ we sat chatting until dark and then Liz and Keith took me to RHS Hyde Hall to see some lovely gardens.   A great weekend seeing beautiful gardens with some great friends.

BBQ with Liz and Keith

It was the annual BBQ with my friends Liz and Keith, with lots of friends old and new, fabulous food in a beautiful garden. 

Chart Edge Gardens

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.