Follow the life of a recently retired teacher. The bucket lists have been written. How much can be achieved in the next 10 years - from the mundane (baking an edible cake) to the ridiculous (kayaking through the rain forest).
This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!
Friday, 12 September 2014
Weekend reflection in Hampstead
This is Whitestone pond in Hampstead, North London. It is one of the highest spots in London and was the site of an Armada Beacon. In 1588 when the Spanish Armada was first sited off the coast, beacons were lit across the country to warn the Navy. There is now a flagpole marking the spot of the beacon.
A short walk from the pond leads you onto Hampstead Heath but here was a surprise for me as I had never visited this section of the Heath before with its Pergola and Hill Garden.
It is beautiful with all the trailing plants and vines. It was built by Lord Leverhulme in the early 1900s.
He also bought this huge house known as 'The Hill' but it has now been converted into luxury apartments.
The spiral staircase leading down from the Pergola and into the gardens.