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Christmas - reason for the season
Not great photos, but Christmas was getting organised ...

Happy ChristmasCollapse )

And one special photo - a shop sign I saw.  For those who don't know, Dad's name was John, and Mum's middle name was Pearl

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Stone sculpture
One thing I do love about this museum is the geology section ... I could certainly have taken a few samples from there!!

See what I mean!Collapse )
Giraffe
Well, if you go to the Natural History Museum ... you have to see animals, don't you.

However one of the films Mum & Dad loved was "One of our dinasaurs is missing", and as you enter the building you get a great reminder of it.
One of our dinasurs is hereCollapse )

And, as I said there are more dinasaurs to see .... hereCollapse )

As well as a few of the other animals, including Guy the gorilla, as you can seeCollapse )
Stone sculpture
I went to the Natural History Museum on the Saturday morning.

It is my least favourite museum in many ways.  For one thing I avoid the whole section of insects etc!!!

I am not impressed with the way the dinasaurs are displayed, which is one of the things everyone goes to see, but I think the bosses have tried making things too trendy, or something!!  Anyway that's my personal thoughts!!

For another I don't believe in evolution, but in creation, so tend to find some of the ways the rooms are laid out a bit weird.  However as that is personal to me it doesn't stop me enjoying the exhibits.

However if there is one thing I love about this museum is the building itself - it is stunning, and the more I looked, the more I saw ....Examining the bricks & mortarCollapse )
8th-Dec-2016 10:11 am - December Meme ... Day 8
Dragonball
Day 08 → talk about games this year

Ummm, haven't been to any sport, haven't played Monopoly etc ... so other than patience or Tetris on my tablet, nothing really to talk about here!
8th-Dec-2016 10:08 am - December Meme ... Day 7 (Oooops)
Clarinet.
Day 07 → talk about music this year

Oooops, was going to post this yesterday and then got distracted when the plumber came to remove the sink and gas hob ready for today ... and didn't get back to LJ

Anyway, as I type this there is an old Christmas CD playing while the kitchen is being worked on.

I haven't really heard much that has really caught my imagination, although I have a clock radio, so wake to music.

I haven't been to any live music, unless singing hymns in Church counts.  Acyually as I typed that I realised it was a lie!!!  I went with Dad to a couple of their sing-along entertainments that he had at his home.  Even got roped into doing the Hokey Cokey with the entertainments officer at one of them!

I haven't been involved in any music either this year, but have decided that next year I want to get back to my clarinet. So am looking into lessons, or something, otherwise I will never practice regularly.
7th-Dec-2016 12:22 pm - A Proper Post!
James - buzz cut & name.
I am so busy spamming you with London photos, as well as managing to keep up to date with the December Meme that I haven't actually done a proper post in ages ... so here goes.

  • First, I am so sorry, but I forgot to post Birthday wishes to gillo and shaddyr yesterday.  I truly hope you both had lovely days, being spoilt by those you love and that the coming year will be a truly special one.

  • I have just got back from the doctors.  I have been signed off for the rest of this week with the option to just phone in on Monday if I still feel rough.  It is being called a viral chest infection, but basically exhaustion on top of that.  I have had viral chest infections most years, normally lasting about 5 - 7 days, so it's obvious when my body has to slow down that's what gets to me.

  • Jiffy has another bad skin infection, so he was happy to go and see Marni for a cuddle (and anti-biotics!)

  • My new kitchen worksurface arrives tomorrow.   So when I finish this I have to clear all the surfaces.

  • I really need to get organised for Christmas.  I think I have done most of the shopping, but need to sort it out and post things off.  I haven't even thought about cards, but already received some, so I must focus.  Maybe I will try to get started tomorrow while my kitchen is being dismantled.

  • Yesterday I had a suprise phone call.  The person who had been Mum's friend while they were at school during the war.  They lost some of their closeness when she married, and then Mum moved away, but have still kept in touch and visited .  She just phoned to find out how I was coping.  So that was really lovely.

Well, anyone who is still awake wins a special award.

Now, I will post some more London photos later! But to finish, a Christmas song I heard on the radio this morning -
6th-Dec-2016 07:51 pm - December Meme ... Day 6
Tongue!
Day 06 → talk about food this year

I will admit this last year I have cheated quite a bit by buying ready made meals.  There are some good meals out there, my favourite being beef stew and dumplings.

I have been a good girl and had salad every day.  When I take sandwiches to work I also take some tomatoes and cucumber, but if at home I have a salad for tea.  I have always eaten a lot of fruit, but never really been a good girl about veggies.

I have been getting back into baking recently, but tend to stick to favourite recipes ... I really must experiment.  (I get my new kitchen work-surfaces changed tomorrow, then I must "play")
Stonehenge
On Saturday I went to the Britsh Museum to meet deborahw37 and to wander round the museum.  Like the other big museums there are some things you can see regularily and yet still see new things again.

Some of the many things I love about this museum is the stunning workmanship, both in the larger items, as well as the larger things.

Here are just a few images of some of the items in this amazing collectionCollapse )


There are some more pictures here in case you are totally bored today
6th-Dec-2016 05:56 pm - London Photos #6
With DJ
Here are a few more assorted pictures as I continue to sort through my London photos ... enjoy!

More wandering round LondonCollapse )

And, to show it was me wandering around London -
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5th-Dec-2016 07:33 pm - December Meme ... Day 5
Kindle Readers (7 & the doctor)
Day 05 → talk about books this year

As ever have continued to read more Spuffy fan-fic.  There seem to have been a few new writers recently that has really given some great new stories.

I have been reading quite a lot of regency-style romances (like the Georgette Heyer style).  When I packed up all Mum & Dad's books there were a lot  I wanted to read, so while in chaos have downloaded loads onto my Kindle.  Come Christmas (I hope) I shall be able to get back to some proper sets of books again, for example I am looking forward to re-reading the whole Anne of Green Gables series.

I am hoping that the next Dresden Files will be done soon, as that is a series I am enjoying, and re-read the last 3 books this Spring.

Still like to start my day with a Bible reading, at present I am in Leviticus.
4th-Dec-2016 03:28 pm - December Meme ... Day 4
Spitfire
Day 04 → talk about television this year

I honestly don't think I have followed anything this year.  I often have the TV on in the background, often repeats of history programmes.

I do always watch Strictly Come Dancing ... so that has 2 more shows to go before we get a result.
3rd-Dec-2016 05:01 pm - December Meme ... Day 3
Star Wars
Day 03 → talk about movies this year

I really can't say the last time I went to see a film at the cinema, although I did plan to go this last January, then I was very ill with a viral infection, so didn't go!  So, the only film I (didn't) see was Star Wars, The Force Awakens I have seen the DVD now.
James - Moonshot, Moonshot
I really can't remember the first time I went to the Science Museum, but I was probably about 9 - 10 (ie 1970ish) .... but every time I visit there is always something new to see, and something that I have already seen to re-discover.

Some of the many exhibitsCollapse )
2nd-Dec-2016 04:15 pm - December Meme ... Day 2
With James - Christmas
Day 02 → your holiday wish list

Actually I don't have one!

I could do with a new swim suit at some point.   Brenda text me last week to see if there was anything I wanted .... and I suggested ear-rings.  Mum & Dad took a long time to accept that I had my ears pierced, but when they did, they bought me some every birthday and Christmas ... so it would be something I would be missing this year.

I suppose my real wish is that the house is looking like a home by the 25th.  The decorating is finished for the time being, but I am feeling like a "damp dish-rag" as Dad would have said.  Also the carpets don't arrive till the 15th, so hopefully I shall be able to get things looking square by then.
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