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, 26 July 2015

Anniversary Games

I went to the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium yesterday.   We were very lucky with the weather as the previous day had been very wet.  

The stadium looked great.

The pole vault took place on the Saturday as it was too wet on the Friday.

It was good to Jessica Ennis-Hill taking part.

It is always amusing to see the little delivery vans doing there bit too!

A few more photos on flickr.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

Last night I went to St Sepulchre's without Newgate, in Holborn Viaduct to attend a concert of the Pittsburgh Youth Orchestra. 
The concert was great and was well received by the audience, as there were several encores.  A very enjoyable evening. 

St Sepulchre's is a lovely venue too.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Lilies on the Land

I went to a little oasis in Croydon today called Matthews Yard, I have never been there before but I think I will have to visit the place again.   The cakes were lovely.  

I went there to see a great play today called "Lilies on the Land".   It was performed by 5 girls and they were really good.   A nice way to spend Sunday afternoon. 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Popular posts - 5 years on

It is now 5 years since I started this blog, I must admit I have not been so good at updating it but I will try harder. 

I thought I would look again at the most popular posts that are listed on the right hand side of the blog. 

The order of the popular posts have not changed apart from the numbers going up.  The Walk around Richmond (part 1) had the most hits and as at today 1184 hits.   I must get around to finishing this walk and publish part 2.  Next comes the Fish Pedicure - 1717 hits, then Street Furniture - 1188 hits, the Berlin Holocaust Memorial with 1022 hits, and Berlin Checkpoint Charlie with 944 hits.  

The Audience numbers have gone up too and the hits from within the UK was 23,704, the USA 14,988, Germany - 1,530, Russia - 1,441.  The list continues with France, India, Canada, Singapore, Australia and Italy. 

I look forward to seeing how the posts are going in the future, but I need to keep blogging. 

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Wimbledon 2015

I was lucky enough to go to Wimbledon Tennis this year to both Centre Court on the first day and No 1 Court on the 12th day.  
I saw Novak Djokovic -v- Philipp Kohlschreiber, then Maria Sharapova -v- Johanna Konta.

This is the view from our seat.
And who is this in the Royal Box?   I spot Trevor McDonald the newsreader.
On the 12th day I was on No 1 Court. It was the Girls Final.

Sofya Zhuk won and was presented with her prize by Ann Jones
 Late I managed to see Goran Ivanisec, who is brilliant and fun to watch.

Drawing course at City Lit

I started a course at City Lit and these are some of my drawings. 
This was week one - still life

We started with still life in charcoal doing subtractive drawings.
We moved on to copying a master.   I chose an image from Charles Burchfield, called February Thaw. 

I had ago at Hands too.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Devon - June 2015

In June I went down to Paignton to stay with my friend and her place is looking lovely.
We did a day out to the Babbacombe Model Village, what an amazing place. 

We then did a trip to Greenway, Agatha Christie's home.   The journey was by bus, foot ferry and boat.  

Finally went to Cockington, which is so pretty. 

Lots more photos on flickr.