debris4spike: (Spike - face + body + my name)
As all of you probably know by now we had a terrorist related incident in London, and as ever random people walking through the city are injured or have lost their lives.  It seems small compared with other atrocities, but no doubt is meant to scare people away from the city.

No way - terrorists are not going to run my life ... or my country!

Anyway, enough of politics (etc) not something I usually even mention on LJ.

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I keep saying I am back and then disappear!  Last time I picked up a tummy bug (I think the kid who sat in front of me at Church the previous day was ill), and sadly my Chronic Fatigue set back in ... so I somehow lost a week.  I managed to work for 2 days, but that was all.

So, I need to focus, and get back on track.  There is no way I can skim back through your news, and I must yet again apologise that I have been a bad friend (I should get that sentence in the pc memory and that way just fill that line in each time! ).

So what I need to do is do a catch-up post incase any of you remember who I am, and want to know where I am and what I am doing!It's all about me - )

I do hope that you are all well ... any news, please let me know.
*group hugs*
debris4spike: (James - pointing finger)
I have been a bad girl at LJ-ing ... but a good girl at resting when not at work. So haven't really opened up my LJ at all, so am behind with the daily meme. Hope to do better! Here we are -


9 - The best part of today was______

Monday - less coughing ... and I did the full 9 - 5, and still had the energy to take Jiffy for a walk when I got home! Yay, first full day since early November.


10 - What’s the hardest thing you’re dealing with?

Tuesday - I still find it hard to cope with how I am dealing with Mum & Dad's deaths. I suppose it doesn't help that it feels wrong to be planning things for my future without them being involved .... after 55 years it seems wrong to not be part of a trio.


11 - Today I wish I had more _____

Yesterday was a pretty good day, but wished I had more focus, as there was a heap of ironing .... and it is still sitting in front of me as I type this!


12 - What made today unusual?

Today, being a Thursday, I normally work 9 - 5, but the clinic I usually do in the morning was cancelled. So had a lazy morning ... had planned to get my passport sorted (but need a hair-cut!!), so finished reading my book instead.



The list of 365 questions can be found here
debris4spike: (Christmas Tree + James)
Day 29 → talk about things you are excited for next year

  • I hope to get to visit [livejournal.com profile] deborahw37 ... so great to see a lovely lady, and a different part of the country.

  • It's Auntie Joyce's 90th in January, so weather permitting Jiffy & I shall go there.

  • I plan to go back to London in November again.


Day 30 → a list of what you got for your winter holiday

For me winter holiday is Christmas ... and Santa visited Jiffy and myself.  What I found under the tree included -

  • 3 boxes of chocs, and some other individual chocs

  • A complete set of Sharpe DVDs

  • Earrings

  • 4 Steve McQueen DVDs

  • A pashmina

  • A pair of slippers

So, even though I had a quiet day I was also a very lucky girl.

Truro Photos 1

Thursday, November 6th, 2014 06:15 pm
debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)
I did tell you last week I had photos to share ... but then my internet let us all down ... so here the are.

I went to Truro with Christine (my friend from Church) We went by train and the weather wasn't too bad, so were able to enjoy the day, although my muscles really suffered afterwards, as we had to stand some of the way home, and after the walking ... !!

Our first stop was the museum ... it may have been smallish, but we were both impressed with both the way it was laid out, as well as the range of items from Cornish history.

Truro Museum )


We also saw the city itself )
debris4spike: (Amen!)
In the centre of the town is The Abbey ... a truly stunning building. And they also have their own website with yet more photos ... so if you don't get fed up with my pictures, there are more there to look at!

The church was founded in 705 and there are 2 Saxon kings buried here - Ethelbald and Ethelbert ... brother of Alfred the Great.

That's what you call a stunning building )



Stunning. isn't it?


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debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)
Yesterday my friend Christine and I had another day out ... and this time we went to Sherborne in Dorset ... an amazing medieval and Georgian town.

Prepare to be boored )




Stunning!


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Cadhay Manor 2

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 10:07 pm
debris4spike: (Stargate - View)
And, as well as the house ...There were gardens )

Cadhay Manor 1

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 10:03 pm
debris4spike: (Stargate - View)
When I posted those photos over the weekend of Honiton, I did say that the reason we were there is that we were killing time before our visit to Cadhay Manor. That is a fascinating house, built in Tudor times, renovated in Georgian times and as it had then been allowed to fall somewhat into a poor state, the present owners have done it up and now let the whole house as a Wedding venue.

The rooms are beautiful, with Tudor furniture (that I wanted to take home as souveneirs, Georgian silver (in locked cases!!), and modern furniture made by the present owner ... and a couple of those pieces could easily have slipped home with me!

Cadhay Manor )


It was a fun day.


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Day Trip To Honiton

Friday, July 26th, 2013 09:04 pm
debris4spike: (Knitting wool & cat)
Today I took a day off and went with my friend from Church for a day trip.  This morning I picked Christine up at her home in Newton Abbot and we drove to Honiton ... famous for Lace. The town is not particularily "pretty" as it burnt down in the 1800's .... and was rebuilt during the following years.

The nice thing is that the town is flourishing with small shops up and down the street. Most of which are small businesses, and very few chain stores.

We went round the Lace Museum and were shown how basic lace is worked, as well as seeing some amazing work from the past .... including the wedding veil of one of Queen Victoria's daughters-in-law. There was also some general museum displays of the history of the town in general. So there was a lot to see in a relatively small space.

The town in general )

We also walked around the Church, which is Edwardian. Very nice, as well.

St. Michaels )





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debris4spike: (James - my name)
As I walked out of The Museum of London I asked the guide which road I needed to go on to get to St Pauls ... her answer -

"Straight ahead, St Pauls is on the left hand side of the road, you can't miss it"

We both laughed, as she commented on her her own reply.  It's true, the cathedral is slightly unmissable!

Anyway, before I looked at the cathedral itself I walked over to this ruin ofanother Wren Church - )

From there I walked to see the cathedral itself. Sadly I didn't pay to go in - in 1986, Tim & I had been to a service there to celebrate my school's 450th anniversary, so I have good memories of my last visit.

St Pauls )

From here I walked down to The Millenium Bridge, and over the river.

You get some great views from here, as well )

I said when I went to London I would miss seeing James this time - but I did seeone place he would love to perform in, I'm sure )

And, so sadly, time to make my way to Victoria, and thus back to Exeter. It may have been brief, but I had fun on my travels around London.

debris4spike: (Stonehenge)
And so to the last day of my holiday ... that sounds grand, but when I think I only had 2 nights stay in London, yet how much I managed to see, it did seem a true holiday.

I took my suitcase to Victoria and left it there, so that I could spend the day without that weight to cart around.

Once I had dropped it off I made my way to The Museum Of London - a museum I rememebered fondly, and found that it had been updated, but was still as "full" as ever.  The paid display was on nursing care, etc, through the ages and decided that I saw enough at work to not see while I was on holiday!

Anyway - a lovely trip.

The first part was, obviously, pre-history ... and I actually took a photo of some of the dinasaur bones. These actually come from the farm of the people who ran the Chapel that I attended as a child. They had a lot of clay and it was dug up, making land-fill ... that is until the bones were discovered, then things got very slow. So it was fun to actully see them labelled, and realised that I knew the farm in question!

Neighbours of long ago )

Next came the Romans ... and there was even a glass wall area so that you could actually see the Roman Wall of London with the rest of the displays.

Romans )

The museum is chronological and well laid out ... as far as the 1960's ... with the final display in the cafe being that of the Woodentops ... a favourite programme of mine as a kid. here is an episode, if you don't know what I'm talking about -





debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)
Having gone to the old Naval College I made my way to the Maritime Museum and enjoyed a stroll around history -Beautiful building, as well )

The main exhibit that you really have to see is so major I am not even going to put it behind a cut .... Yes, this is the uniform that Admiral Lord Nelson was wearing when he was fatally wounded. (For the gory people, please note half the left epelette is missing ... that was where the bullet entered his body.

Photobucket

Anyway, after looking at one jacket (and his stockings that were also in the case, the rest of the exhibition was just "normal" .....

As you can see here )

From there I walked up to the Observatory, via theTitanic memorial garden )

Greenwich is the home of time ... well it is where the line of Zero Latitude, and is where GMT is set from - here I am standing on this magic place ....Look for the line )

I didn't pay to go round the observatory ... but was able to the buildings through the railings!!

The Royal Observatory )

It was a fun stroll round some English history.

debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)
Although I lived in London till I was 25 and have been back for an occasiional trip one place I had never got to was Greenwich.  seeing as how I am very English, one thing I am proud of is that the rest of the world sets its Latitude (and therefore it's time) from there - so I had to put that on my list of places to see this visit.

I travelled there on the "new" rail line - well, it has been built since I stopped commuting around London in 1983..  On the way I saw the "Millenium Dome", but my main visit was to see the more ancient history.

The first thing I saw was The Cutty Sark and the way to the footpath under the Thames -
As shown here )

I then made my way to the old Naval College. It is now a University, so much of the buildings are in use, however I was able to see the actual buildings, and inside 2 of them.

A lovely place to go to college )

Of the 2 buildings you are able to visit The Painted Hall is certainly stunning ... as you can seeRead more... )... even with the poor lighting it is truly amazing.

The other place you can visit, via theUnderground passages )is the Chapel. Although on the day I went they were filming some TV thingy and it was hard to get past the security guys ... much to the disgust of the Heritage people!

Greenwich Naval College Chapel )

More Greenwich in a moment!

debris4spike: (Kindle Readers (7 & the doctor))
Only a couple of random pictures here from the end of my day 1 in London.

As I came out of the V&A I had to cross the road for the tube station and outside the Science Museum is a winter skating rink -

No, I didn't have a go )

I went to the British Library, and enjoyed looking at Beethoven's work.  I am a huge fan of his music, so was glad to see that.    There were also a great selection of old Bibles and prayerbooks, which were special to see.  Photography wasn't allowed, but this is near the cafe, showing some of the vast storage areas.  Most of the Library is for research purposes, but the bit that is open was fascintimg.

The Library )

For 4 years, while at college, I travelled each day on the tube, and it was good to see some of them decorated to reflect the month of November, and Remeberance Day -

Look at the Poppies )

And so ends day 1 of my mini-break ... off to bed.

debris4spike: (Vampire Diaries - Damon & Elena dancing)
The V&A )

I had been wanting to get to the V&A for ages, so that was the first place I went (after dropping off my suitcase!) .... they had a couple of extra displays that I didn't pay to see ... one of which I could see from one of the balconies anyway!

Still it was good fun, and a great start to my holiday.  I stuck to the main section ... pottery, glass and textiles.  It was the costumes that I really enjoyed looking at.

And, to show that I was there here is a (blurred) picture ... yes, the light was fading and using non-flash makes my camera not very happy sometimes!

Smile )

So mostly it was the costumes I loved ... I really should be better at making notes as to dates and names.  Anyway, behind the cut are a few pictures of my favourite outfits ....

Choose your style )

And to see some of the other displays -
Look here )

There are a few more pics in the album which is here


debris4spike: (London - Dr Who (+ James lyrics))
Yes, I had a great trip - but totally exhausted last night - so no time on the computer!

Although I only travelled up on Tuesday and back on Thursday I saw a few museuems, walked a few miles ... and took loads of photos.  Didn't get to see James this time (pointing to icon) .... he so needs to return next year for a day.

I didn't stay at the previous hostel as I found one that was cheeper, and breakfast was also part of the price.  However when I got there the facilities were better, and it was a lot quieter - so anyone wanting a hostel I would rec it. It is off Russel Square (near Great Ormond Street Hospital and Kings Cross) ....

This is it )

I went to a lot of museums and they will all get their individual scribbles and a few pictures uploaded ... but one place I went to is -here )

.... Just an ordinary road in London.  It is actually the start of Blackfriars Underpass for anyone who knows the city.  I have only been here twice in my life.  Once on Thursday, and the other time 30 years ago - where I was on a bike and a car came through red lights and ran me over.  I have scars on my ankle and a back problem, but "Praise God" that is all.

So it was good to go back on a sunny day (like "that" day) and see it.

Well, as it's Saturday, Jiffy is waiting for his walk, so sorry folks more scribble must wait till later!

Eden Project

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 02:30 pm
debris4spike: (Rose)
Last Friday Christine and I re-visited The Eden Project .... you remember that is where my camera died when Annemarie was over.

It was a great day - and lots of photos taken.

Here are a selection )

The full set of pictures is here if you want to see more.

Eden Project

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 02:30 pm
debris4spike: (Rose)
Last Friday Christine and I re-visited The Eden Project .... you remember that is where my camera died when Annemarie was over.

It was a great day - and lots of photos taken.

Here are a selection )

The full set of pictures is here if you want to see more.

My Holiday - Day 8

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 11:46 am
debris4spike: (England)
I am trying to catch up on some computer stuff today, as I spent yesterday sorting boxes out, when not resting the leg in the horizontal.  So today it is computer time ... and I warn you now, you may feel a bit spammed, so apologies ahead of time, if so.

On Annemarie's last day with us I took her to Cockington Village.  If you just look at the photos it looks pure English and in the middle of nowhere.  Yes, it is pure, traditional English (not a re-build); but it is actually part of Torquay.  So about 4 miles drive from Mum & Dad's.

Enjoy a stroll round the village. )

My Holiday - Day 8

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 11:46 am
debris4spike: (England)
I am trying to catch up on some computer stuff today, as I spent yesterday sorting boxes out, when not resting the leg in the horizontal.  So today it is computer time ... and I warn you now, you may feel a bit spammed, so apologies ahead of time, if so.

On Annemarie's last day with us I took her to Cockington Village.  If you just look at the photos it looks pure English and in the middle of nowhere.  Yes, it is pure, traditional English (not a re-build); but it is actually part of Torquay.  So about 4 miles drive from Mum & Dad's.

Enjoy a stroll round the village. )

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