Saturday, 25 February 2017

Disturbance in the Road and Tranquillity in the Park

We were disturbed by flashing blue lights outside our window last evening. It seemed a car chase terminated outside our house.
Just a brief picture from my i-pad showing a little part. It felt a little like being on a movie set.
There were 3 police cars and a very large police van (out of the picture) and at least 12 policeman to whom the suspects were handcuffed to some of them.
It was fascinating watching a sniffer dog getting so excited when it found what it was looking for.

Contrast to tranquillity in our local park.
The scene is of lights over East London at dusk which look like they are on the horizon here. Not so, we are on a hill. 

Now to some sunset scenes where I love the variety on different days.

Contrasting with the pale sun of a winter afternoon lighting up the newly pruned Dogwoods.

I have at last found a way to deal with my photographs and files in Windows 10. It may not be the best way, I don't know, but it works.
Using photos from my phone, i-pad and camera took some thought as well. The easiest thing seems to be to let the software do what it wants and then copy and paste to where I want them. More time consuming but, hey! it was worth it.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Colouring to Relax

I really enjoy colouring but am not good at setting the time aside to do it. This book called the Secret Garden is wonderful as it is so detailed and intricate but it can take a long time to finish a page like this. 
I do have other books but I can quickly get bored with the simpler ones. 

As other colouring fanatics will know, it is very, very relaxing having to totally concentrate.

Another thing I find relaxing is my new wall hung fire.
Was really worth getting rid of a chair for.
This sun room is where I sit and read but having a flat roof it can be quite cool in the winter, even though there is a large radiator along one side, and especially in the freezing temperatures that we have had this year, as it has a flat roof.
So all set now for when I don't want to spend an evening in the sitting room watching TV.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

January Musings

Well Christmas came and went and I was determined to try and find a way to be able to get photos onto my blog from Windows 10. Hooray I made it, even if it does feel like 'a long way round' moving photos and files around. If I can spend time getting to grips with Windows 10 filing system then it will probably be easier.
When I sit at my computer (and like most I am sure) it's because  have a job to do so I don't get to the 'experimenting'.

Ready for friends to arrive for dinner here

The following photographs were all taken with my phone so not so great.

 Husband Alan 

January 2nd found 50 + of us from church celebrating a friend's 65th birthday. He hosted it at a local Turkish restaurant where we took over the whole of one half of the place.
The birthday boy is third from the left here so he is now a fully fledged Pensioner.
As Alan was saying, it's 20 years since he became a 'pensioner' - where does the time go?

Walking back from the park on Boxing Day I managed to get a photo of Bekah with her Uncle Peter, my son.

Well life moves on and so much seems to happen in a short time.  Daughter Jane has just returned from business meetings in Denver, USA and Peter just returned from a couple of weeks in Africa, this time Ghana, Benin and Togo. Cat feeding over again for a few months!

Friday, 13 January 2017

Better Late Than Never!

It was the first time for many years that Alan and I spent New Year's Eve at home alone.
It being a Saturday we stuck with the usual Saturday routine of having tea on a tray in the sitting room( Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese sandwiches served with a side salad, Mince Pies and home made Date Scones) catching up on recorded TV programmes. We added to this an early bath before ending the evening in our Pyjams watching the New Year in on TV and going to bed at 1.0 a.m.
It was enjoyable and relaxing

So, just a few photos of the fireworks on the River Thames not many miles away

I'm glad we were warm and snug at home at not here on The Embankment like many!
So an opportunity to wish all my blogging friends and followers a very Happy New Year. 

Friday, 30 December 2016

Christmas 2016

Lights, Reflections and Cards
Better late than never! I wasn't going to post on Christmas as there is nothing new from previous years except that I have scaled down a little, but then, why not?

Christmas Day our son Peter spent the day with us as usual
After lunch it was the Queens's speech followed by the film Frozen which I enjoyed, never having seen it, while Alan spent about a quarter of it asleep on the sofa! Usually Peter and I play Scrabble on Christmas Day but it was tea time before we knew and it never happened.

and then on Boxing Day daughter Jane, son-in-law Chris and Rebekah and Oliver joined us. I did not have to cook this second Christmas lunch as Jane offered to do it. I was able to be with the Grandchildren.

As usual a visit to the local park was next on the agenda where Oliver managed to join a football game in the ball park, Chris was able to try out his new toy - a drone, while I watched while Rebekah spent her time on the swings, roundabouts and outdoor gym. Alan and Jane decided to stay home and relax.

I love lights, reflections and cards at any time of year but especially at Christmas!

So it's all over for another year - apart from eating up the Christmas cake, mince pies, biscuits etc.

So, wishing all who visit here a very peaceful and blessed New Year.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

It's Christmas and Anniversary Time

I have been determined to get a blog post done before Christmas and here I am on Christmas Eve (evening) getting to do that!

It's Christmas and Anniversary time 

This week we celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary
Where did those years go?

With a warm winter so far leaves have taken their time falling from the trees. The lovely Silver Birch has been a bit of a nuisance though as it has been an almost daily clean-up

but some beautiful sunsets and this one some streets away showing the London skyline in a different light

And a beautiful serene atmosphere looking out from church on Sunday morning with a little extra for the children 

We have also just said goodbye to our friends from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who have been staying with us. I just did not get around to taking photos except for a few at our Church Christmas Celebration with Don here in the middle during our Carol singing time. 
I met Don's wife Joyce through blogging about 7 years ago and since that time we have built a close friendship having them stay here and meeting up in London. We have been invited to Louisiana but our long haul travelling days are over!
 No, Alan has not acquired another Grandchild he's holding a friend's little boy!

Our own Grandchildren are growing up.
Oliver, now 10,  with his Mum at his first Shakespeare theatre visit.
Much Ado About Nothing

and Rebekah, whose is big time into Gymnastics, getting ready to do some bar practice at home

She is pleased with herself here as she has managed to get her Mum to cut her hair in different lengths like so many on TV have it these days. Jane says she thinks that she will stick to the day job!
Well I do wish all my blog friends a 
Very Happy Christmas 
and Blessed New Year