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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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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Trafalgar Square to the Gherkin meetup

On the 6 December I joined the Hampshire Photography Meetup group for a walk from Trafalgar Square.
Through Covent Garden via the Actors Church.
Along Fleet Street, I stopped off at the loos near the Royal Courts of Justice, great tile work. 

Then we went on to St Pauls.

Finally into the city to Leadenhall Market and the Gherkin

More photos on flickr.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Sad day

On 17 November 2014 was a sad day in my life when my Mum passed away.  She was a warm, kind, generous lady that meant everything to me.  You will be missed but loved forever.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Littlecote House weekend 2014

My school-friends and I had our weekend away at the end of October.   We stayed at the Littlecote House again this year.  

We had a day out on the Saturday to Bowood House. There is only a small part of the house remaining but the grounds are quite substantial and are lovely.  

Following our visit we went on to Marlborough to look around the shops.

The evening was a Michael Buble tribute that was quite good. 

On the Sunday we had quite a quite day and I took some photos around Littlecote.

Poppies at the Tower - part 2

Today I joined a team of people to dismantle some of the poppies at the Tower of London.   Fortunately it stayed dried for us but it was extremely muddy under-foot.   It was great fun and I worked with some lovely people. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

IWM to the Tower meetup

A couple of weeks ago I went on a photography meetup with the Hampshire Photography Friends meetup group.  First we went to the Imperial War Museum to have a good look around.  I haven't been there for years and really has been updated.
There was lots to see but I particular liked the family at war. 

We then walked up to the Tower of London to see the poppies, but having taken many pictures of the poppies I didn't take any up there.  

We then went our Tower Bridge and walked along the river back to London Bridge.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Another competition prize

I had an email this week informing me that I had won a competition prize.   The prize was to attend an author event hosted by Clare Balding.  She was talking to Paul Merton and Danny Baker about their new autobiographies.  In addition I should also receive a copy of their books.  
The event took place at Cadogan Hall near Sloane Square and it was a really interesting and hilarious afternoon listening to all the celebs on stage.
And the books have now arrived. 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Visitor from Spain

I met up with my niece Amber and her boyfriend Samuel during their trip to London.   We took a walk along the Southbank and saw the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament all lit up. 

Friday, 19 September 2014

Poppies at the Tower

This morning I did a volunteer shift at the Tower of London to plant some of the thousands of poppies.  I met some interesting people, had a lovely time and worked hard.   The site of the poppies is quite amazing.  There are lots more photos on flickr.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Invictus Games

On Friday I went to see wheelchair rugby as part of the Invictus Games at the Copper Box, Olympic Park.  It was an amazing experience, very load and great fun.

The GB team won the gold medal and here is Charlie Walker being interviewed after the game.
Ryan MacIntosh, part of the USA team, spent time with a group of school kids in the arena.

In the crowd was Boris Johnson and of course Prince Harry.

WWT Wetlands - Arundel

Last weekend, while staying with my brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Pauline we visited Wetlands at Arundel and had a fab day out. 

And lots more photos on flickr

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Drawing on Location

I joined a group of ladies to draw on location.  We met at the Victoria and Albert Museum and walked around the ground floor and chose our location to draw.  
My first picture was one of the statues.
I then decided to draw a part of the building. 
When I got home I drew a picture taken from a photograph and using a white pencil on black paper. 

Westminster meetup

Last Saturday I joined the Hampshire Photography meetup group for a walk around Westminster.  We started at Waterloo and as I was there quite early I started with a few photos. 

We then walked towards the London Eye and over Westminster Bridge

Down Whitehall.

Then towards St James Park towards Buckingham Palace
Then back towards Westminster

I had some fun with some of my photos.

There are some photos on flickr.