Monday, June 18, 2018

Walk over Fairlop Waters

Before the England v Tunisia World Cup game tonight, we managed to fit in a walk over Fairlop Waters. What looked like a disappointing walk for photos suddenly improved near the end with a Dragonfly and a Stag Beetle appearing.

Friday, June 15, 2018

DNB summer party at The Grange St. Paul's

We went to The Grange at St. Paul's to attend the DNB Summer Party. A very nice time with good views of St. Paul's from the balcony.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Saturday out in London with Dave

I met up with Dave in town to do a bit of photography. We started off near Buckinham Palace to see the Trooping the Colour, followed by a red arrows fly past. After this we headed back into central London to wait for the naked bike ride which was also taking place today. Passing through Trafalgar Square and the surrounding area, there was a lot of police presence for a 'Free Tommy Robinson' rally taking place, which was very loud and rowdy. We didn't stick around for long, and headed to the Westminster Arms for a drink to wait for the bike riders, whose route was changed due to the problems in Trafalgar Square!
We eventually caught up with the bike riders around Westminster Bridge, before they headed off for the rest of their journey.
Saying goodbye to Dave, I jumped on a train to Southend, where I met up with a few of the others in Old Leigh for a drink, watching the container ships go past!
A few photos are below, the rest are here:

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Weekend of gardening

After a week away, it seems like the garden had gone mad, with everything growing at a very fast rate. We spent most of this weekend tidying things up, so it;s looking a lot better. A lot of activity in the garden, with me nearly running a fledgling blackbird over with my lawnmower (luckily it ducked and we were able to move him a short distance where 'mum and dad' were able to keep feeding it), and lots of bee activity!

Friday, June 01, 2018

Weekend in the Lake District for PJ's 50th

We're just back from Keswick, where we spent a few days in the Lake District enjoying the sunshine for PJ's 50th Birthday celebrations.

After a long drive up on the Friday, we met up with the first group of arrivals on Friday, before the majority turned up on Saturday. We went out a few times, including a long walk up Cat bells, as well as a walk around Derwent Water.

A few photos are below, the rest are here (or the video at the bottom!):

PJ's 50th from martin clinton on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ingvild and Jose Visiting

We've had Invild and Jose staying with us for a few days. They played gold Thursday and Friday, but on Saturday, we went to Stratford for some shopping before heading to The Cow for a drink to see the end of The Royal Wedding between Harry and Meghan. We then moved on to Roof East, before finally meeting up with Some of Jose's relatives in The Goldengrove, where we all spent a few hours catching up.
On Sunday we went to Ilford before heading back through Valentine's Park and a coffee in the Gardener's Cottage Garden.

A few photos are below, the rest are here:

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Another bird's nest in the garden

The Robins nest may be empty, but down in the wilderness in the Blackberry bushes, another nest has been set up.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Sunny Bank Holiday

We had a very warm and sunny Bank Holiday weekend this last few days, so we were out and about quite a lot. We went to Fairlop Waters on Saturday, before going to buy some alpine plants for our planter. In the evening we went over to Wimbledon to see Tove and Kjell. On Sunday and Monday we did some pruning and gardening, during which we discovered a Robin's nest in the Pyracantha bush. On Monday night we went round Liv's for a barbecue with Richard as it was still very nice and warm. A few photos from the weekend are below, the rest are here: