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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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Bluebell Railway to Sheffield Park

A few weeks ago I took at trip on the Bluebell Railway from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park.  The weather was not great but it was good to see the steam trains and the old railway stations. 

Then I walked our the field towards Sheffield Park and wondered around the gardens. 

Lots more photos on flickr.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Drawing course at Blackheath

I attended a course called "Drawing for the terrified" which took place over a period of 3 weeks at the Blackheath Conservatoire.  A really good course, great fun and here are my efforts.

Week one we had a go with still life using charcoal

Week two still drawing still life but this time with pencils

Week three we had a try at drawing a portrait, first with pencils and then with charcoal. 

Merchant of Venice at The Globe

I managed to win tickets to see the Merchant of Venice at The Globe theatre in London.  I went to with my niece, Chris, at the end of March to see the play.  It was brilliant. 

This was followed by an afternoon tea, sandwiches and cakes.
We then went off to see Jeeves and Wooster.
Lovely day out but very exhausting.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Polesden Lacey Meetup

Last weekend I joined the Hampshire Photography Meetup group to a visit to Polesden Lacey, near Dorking, Surrey.  Polesden Lacey is part of the National Trust and a great house in some lovely grounds that have amazing views.
I also had some fun making use of some postcards I bought from the NT shop using them in some photos. 

Lots more photos on flickr.