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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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Sunday, 23 August 2015


I went down to Boscombe for a few days to do some drawing but I also had some time to go for a walk down to the pier, where they have a musical theme.   

I also found some modern art.

These few days were part of the Art Holidays in Dorset at the Boscombe Spa Hotel.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

The 70th anniversary of VJ Day

On Saturday 15 August 2015 it is the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

My great nephew Jack had the honour of lighting a candle at the ceremony at St Martins in the Field, in the presence of the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, other royals, the Prime Minister and many veterans. 

Day out at the Bluebell Railway.

Last weekend was a photography day out with the Hampshire Photography Meetup group. We spent the day in and around the Bluebell Railway. 

We met up at Horsted Keynes for a Vintage Vehicle Fair.

Then we went up to Kingscote Station where I found some bees to photograph, amongst other things.

And we did see some steam trains too.
And finally down to Sheffield park. 

Lots more photos on flickr.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Kingston welcomes Korea

Last night I went to see a recital which forms part of the Kingston welcomes Korea.  It was held at the All Saints Church, Kingston.  The two performers were Grace Yeo and Marisol Lee who played piano and violin.   A very good concert but a shame the audience wasn't very large.  

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

On Monday I went to the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery to see Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon.   The images were lovely.  All the photos had similar mounts and frames so there was no distraction from the photos.   It was a great exhibition and worth seeing.