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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!



Friday, 20 January 2017

Scadbury Park

Last weekend I went for a walk around a local nature reserve called Scadbury Park. It was cold with a sprinkling of snow that had turned to ice overnight but it was good to be out in the fresh air.


The pathways were frozen and care was needed. I am doing another long distance walk in April so I need to increase the length of my walks.












It is a three mile walk around the nature reserve so I went round twice.




It is a three mile walk around the nature reserve so I decided to go round twice and then home for a welcome cup of tea.
Sharing with James at Weekend Reflection

Saturday, 14 January 2017

The Temple Church





The Temple Church is one of the oldest churches in London. It was built by the Knights Templar and the round church dates back to 1120. The Templars were an order of crusading monks founded to protect the pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land. The Temple Church was their headquarters in England and was designed to be similar to the circular church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.






      

Walk inside and you can't help but be impressed.








Grotesques and gargoyles were put in place during Victorian times.







Cast of the effigy of King John (1166-1216). The original effigy is in Worcester Cathedral.


The Temple Church



Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

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In 1608 King James VI and I granted all the Templars' former land between Fleet Street and the River Thames to the societies of Inner and Middle Temple, two of London's Inns of Court. Every barrister in England and Wales must, to this day,still belong to one of the four Inns. 
To Mark the 400th anniversary of this event a stained glass window was commissioned. It shows the scales of justice are suspended from the sword in the centre. Either side of the crown are the symbols from the Coat of Arms of James VI of Scotland and I of England: the three lions of England, the Scottish lion rampant, the Irish harp and fleur d'lys of France.



The left and right hand lights are the symbols of the two Inns.The  Pegasus of the Inner Temple and the Lamb and Flag of the Middle Temple


The inscription states' Repaired and Beautified 1687'




The stone staircase takes you to an upper gallery where you have views of the nave.
















The church was also used for the filming of Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci Code'

Friday, 13 January 2017

Reflections in Ljubljana

So many beautiful reflections whilst walking alongside the Ljubljanica River in Slovenia.































Sharing with James at Weekend Reflection

Sunday, 8 January 2017

'Tea Darling'


 This weekend I was out on one of my Above the Underground walks when I  came across this Vintage tea shop. It was my lucky day. I was ready for a sit down and I hot drink and noticed a sign outside the Questors theatre near Ealing Broadway tube station. Always keen to avoid the coffee shop chains this seemed an opportunity not to miss.
To my mind the only way tea should be served. Poured from a china teapot into  a china cup with another pot of hot water to top it up. I ordered a homemade apple tart to accompany the tea and it was delicious, absolutely oozing apple. My mouth is watering now as I think about it.

Being in a theatre the furniture and decor are stage props brilliantly arranged to catch your eye.











Thank you Pam for your delicious tea, cake and company.



Sharing with Our World Tuesday

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Darenth Valley viaduct






 This is the Darenth Valley viaduct towering above South Darenth. It carries two railway tracks on the line from Dover to London. It has 10 arches, each one 10 metres wide and 20 metres high. It was built in 1859-60.







  

Monday, 2 January 2017

Paul Nash

Totes Meer (Dead Sea) 1940-1
One of my Christmas presents this year was a year's membership to the Tate Galleries.  Our major art galleries have free entry except for the special exhibitions for which there is quite a high admission charge unless you are a member. Determined to make the most of this welcome present, today, I visited the Tate Britain  to see an exhibition of the work of Paul Nash. He is a well known 20th cent British artist but I doubt he has much of a following abroad.
It was in 1967 that I first came across Paul Nash. I was on a school trip from Manchester visiting the galleries and Museums of London when I saw this painting in the Tate. For some reason the image stayed with me, possibly because we were studying the war poets at the time.  I would never have imagined looking at that painting fifty years ago that it would be a turning point in my life. After that school trip I decided I wanted to study in London and have access to its numerous art galleries. I didn't study art as originally planned but trained to be a Physical Education teacher. However, I still very much enjoy visiting London's art galleries.