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, 17 May 2015

Sew Pretty

I attended Sew Pretty in Wimbledon last Friday to do a beginners basic sewing course.   We learnt how to thread the bobbins and sewing machine then had a play with some of the fancy stitches.  
We then did do some basic sewing in straight lines and in circles.  Finally we sewed 2 pieces together, did a zig zag down the edges to prevent fraying and turned it up.   
All very useful and hopefully I can put this to good use. 

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Theatre trips

I love the theatre and I am trying to go to the theatre as much as possible.   So far this year I have been to see the following:

Di and Viv and Rose
Tango Fire
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Full Monty
Oh What a lovely War
Car Man
Bomber's Moon

Hopefully lots more to see this year................

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

New York

When my Mum died last year I promised myself I would do a trip to the USA and in particular New York city.    It was a long weekend and it was amazing.
Stayed in a hotel down 37th Street 
Went on a tour of the city and then did a helicopter flight over the city.  The weather was lovely and it was fantastic to see so many sights. 

Lunch was at Grand Central Station, pastrami on rye followed by cheesecake, both of which were so tasty.  The station is quite lovely too.

That evening we went up the Empire State Building to see New York at night. 
We then went to see Times Square and the Rockefeller Centre.

We also travelled over to Hoboken, New Jersey so we could see Manhattan. 
On the Sunday I met up with my friends Cindy and Jim at the World Trade Centre and we visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum, which was so moving.   Fantastic to meet up with my pen pal of some 40 years.

On the last day we did the Circle Line cruise and the weather was rubbish, wet and windy but we did get to see the Statue of Liberty
Lots more photos of flickr.

Osterley House

In early April I met up with school friends for a get together and a visit to Osterley House a NT property.  
The house has some lovely rooms

Lovely day and a good catch up. 
More photos on flickr.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Lunch at Chez Bruce

A friend took me out for a lunch to Chez Bruce and it was amazing.   The food and service were really special.  

The desserts were amazing as you can see below.
Chocolate dessert

Apple trifle


In March I had my second holiday of the year was a long weekend in Vienna.   We had a lovely hotel with a great view. 
We had a good walk around the city seeing the sights, like the cathedral.   

We also went to a performance at the Spanish Riding School.  We couldn't take photos during the performance but I took a couple before and after the performance. 
We enjoyed some great cakes and coffee 
And Aperol at the hotel in the evening.
More photos on flickr.


In February I had my first holiday of the year to sunny Paignton to stay with a friend who moved there last year.   We had great fun exploring the area we visited Totnes and we took the steam train to Kingswear and then the boat over Dartmouth.  

More images on flickr.