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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!



Thursday, 28 January 2021

Monday, 25 January 2021

Biggin Hill airport

About 4 miles from where my daughter lives is Biggin Hill airport. Originally Biggin Hill was used for early wireless experiments, but in 1917 it was established as part of the inner patrol zone of the London Air Defence Area. By the time the Battle of Britain was well under way in  WW2 it had became a spitfire station. Between August 1940 and January 1941 the aerodrome was attacked 12 times 
The RAF left Biggin Hill in 1992. A new museum documenting the history of the airfield opened in 2019 but I haven't had the opportunity to visit yet as it has been closed for longer than it's been open.







Outside St George's chapel is a full scale replica of a spitfire.



Today Biggin Hill is a popular light aircraft centre used by a collection of lightplane clubs and charter companies.
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Sunday, 24 January 2021

Snow is falling.

 



It has started snowing in London.  Snow has been heavy in other parts of the country but it won't be heavy here just a light covering.


Monday, 18 January 2021

Jigsaw

 

When I am not doing the home schooling,  I like to do something that requires little thought and so one of the things I have turned to is doing a jigsaw. I have had this one for ages and decided to give it a try. I had forgotten how large a 1000 piece jigsaw is and I had to move this one a couple of times before I found a surface I could use.  The jigsaw is Chatsworth House, Derbyshire ( think of Mr Darcy, diving into the lake). Trouble is the picture on the box is 6ins square and gives very little detail.



If you are into jigsaws, how do you start? I always do the edging first and then something that stands out.

I then removed all the light coloured sky pieces as I think that's going to be the most difficult section to solve. Oh well it's something to occupy my time during this third lockdown!



Friday, 15 January 2021

Rain

 There's been a lot of snow throughout the country this week except here in London.  This week it seems to have rained 24/7. During a dry spot today I went for a walk in a local park. Perhaps a paddle would have been a better description!







Monday, 4 January 2021

New Year in the park

 

My first walk of 2021 was in Greenwich Park. It is my closest large park and I make sure I visit it at least once a week. Here are a few of my favourite sights this week.  The large, dried hydrangea heads cry out to be noticed make a good display








There are red and fallow deer in the park but they have their own large enclosure and don't mix with the public.



The squirels were as inquisitive as ever.

Plenty of Canada Geese on the pond.

A pigeon strutting its stuff.


Lots of camelias providing colour.




Things are bad here in the UK with regard to Covid. This new strain is having a devastating effect on the numbers being admitted to hospital. As from tomorrow the whole of the UK will be in lockdown with schools and businesses closed again. We will not be coming out of it until at least mid February . Although over a million people have already been vaccinated and that number will be greatly increased now we have the Oxford vaccine being rolled out from today, it still takes a further 3 weeks for people to build up immunity after the vaccination. Walking is the only thing that keeps me sane!