14th June 2015 - A great afternoon, taking tea on the lawn of Trumpeters, a stately home in Old Palace Yard, in the centre of Richmond, between The Green and the Thames, where Queen Elizabeth I spent her last moments. It is a tiny patch of Richmond that we had never explored as it is not open to the public. Named for the 2 statues of trumpeting figures that adorned the gates of the old Palace, the famous property opens its beautiful gardens to The Poppy Factory and guests for the first public open day of the summer This palace was one of the first buildings in history to be equipped with a flushing lavatory, invented by Elizabeth I's godson, Sir John Harington. Henry VIII had earlier installed flushing latrines at Hampton Court.
7th June 2015 - Bird Club visit to the reserves at Nagshead and Newport Wetlands. We saw some birds, as expected, and LOTS of pylons.
6th June 2015 - We walked from Kew Bridge along the Middlesex side of the Thames, then over the Barnes Bridge footpath, and back to Kew along the Surrey bank. Until today we did not even know that you could cross the river via Barnes Bridge. The first half of the walk was surprisingly rural for somewhere so close to the heart of London.
16th May 2015 - Today was one of the most unusual events we had ever attended. The Surrey Historical Society Library in Woking, just a few hundred yards from where Alice and I met 25 years ago, hosted a reunion of the Medhurst Family. The Medhursts were ancestors and relatives of Alice’s father, Michael.
10th May 2015 - Every time the Water Gardens house on Coombe Hill, Kingston, had been open recently we had something else planned but today we finally made it to this oasis in SW London. It was our second event of the day, rushing there after Chestnut Sunday in Bushy Park first.
April 2015 - We visited the Peak District for a week, staying in the sleepy village of Bradwell (Bradder to the locals).
Lathkill Dale and Haddon House:
Geocaching in Edale:
12th April 2015 - The annual Bird Club guided walks in Bushy Park.
27th March 2015 - As we enjoy bird watching, heraldry and local history, cemeteries offer a good way of combining all three. Today we visited Putney Vale.
26th March 2015 - We visited Syon House and Garden, just a short bus ride away. It is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.
7th March 2015 - It’s been about 8-9 years since we bought a new PC, so today was a big day with the arrival of a ChillBlast Fusion Obelisk.
28th February 2015 - A late birthday present for Alice, a night at Richmond Theatre in the company of Chas and Dave.
12th February 2015 - We returned to Kew Gardens, our first visit this year, mainly for the Orchid Festival.
11th February 2015 - A visit to the Victorian splendour of Nunhead cemetery in SE London.
25th January 2015 - A walk along the Thames from Brentford to Kew, uncovering some of the river history of the area.
3rd January 2015 - I kicked off the year with a puzzle party, hosted by my friend Peter.
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What we were up to. (Looking further back...)