Go to an event at a literary festival.

Salisbury has had its first literary festival!  Not that I would have known about it if friends hadn’t mentioned it.  There was one event with someone who wrote a book we had read and discussed earlier – Joanna Cannon.  Her book  “The Trouble with Goats and Sheep” is one I have never been quite sure…

We meet again……

…….at…… Although we know our place and stayed in the apartments in…….. Initially everyone congregated in our apartment as we were there before Simon (this year’s organiser) and we had milk for cups of tea/coffee.  Also we were downstairs so easier to access and had no low beams to knock heads on. (Apologies to everyone,…

GoFLY!

For Christmas, my brother gave me an “Experience” but suggested I choose my own so that it would be something that I wanted.  I decided it had to be fairly local and reduced it to 4 possibles:  a skid pan at Thruxton, a hot air balloon flight from near the leisure centre, a falconry day…

Another trip to Bournemouth

My friend T tends not to go for walks unless she is with someone, so I said I would go for a walk with her one Monday and where would she like to go?  She later asked if we could we go to Bournemouth for the day instead.  Well a day in Bournemouth is a…

Take things to the charity shop

As I no longer work at the charity shop I have been building up a pile of things as I don’t take them when I am going anyway. The white bag contains “clothes rag” i.e. clothes that have got beyond the stage of even wearing them round the house! The items are mostly books and…

Drink coffee with friends

Meeting in a coffee shop for a drink and a chat is has become a major part of weekly retirement activity – perhaps too major?  I have two places that I often go so have loyalty cards for. The first is the SP2 coffee shop & community centre, where I volunteer on a Thursday morning….

Have a day in Bournemouth

As another of my “days out instead of a holiday” I had been planning to take the bus (using my bus pass!) to Bournemouth.  I really wanted to go before the school holidays proper started, so as things worked out it had to be the day after visiting the “dig”.  As my grandparents used to…

Visit an Archaeological Dig

I have been doing a short Future Learn course produced by the University of Reading called “Archaeology: from dig to lab”.  The first week of this described their work in the Pewsey Vale, between Stonehenge and Avebury, where there have been digs for the last two years and again this year.  On further investigation I…

Faint…..

Having been told I had a bloodshot eye one evening, I foolishly looked at it first thing next day.  Even more foolishly, I then thought about it – I am very squeamish about eyes….. I then thought that I was feeling sick……  Next thing I couldn’t work out what way up I was or where…

Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Having failed to book a holiday this year, as I wasn’t up to thinking about it, and then realising I wouldn’t have the energy anyway for my usual walking holiday, I decided to have a series of days out, instead.  There was the trip to the Hawk Conservancy, of course, but that was giving a…