Follow the life of a recently retired teacher. The bucket lists have been written. How much can be achieved in the next 10 years - from the mundane (baking an edible cake) to the ridiculous (kayaking through the rain forest).
This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!
The National Railway Museum in York displays over 100 locomotives.
This is the Gladston. Built in 1882 it went into service in Brighton until 1883 and was finally withdrawn from service in 1926 after travelling 1,346,,918 miles. It was restored in 1977 to its original colours and was decorated with the London Brighton and South Coast Railway Royal train headboard.
This carriage was used by Queen Adelaide, an aunt of Queen Victoria, in the 1840s. She was one of the first royals to travel by train, The carriage was designed for her and had extra room at one end so that she could lie down. No other special arrangements were made and the carriage was attached to an ordinary passenger train.
This was Queen Victoria's carriage and was used for her journeys from London to Scotland.
King Edward VII's coach with bathroom and smoking room.
This is the inside of one of the post trains where the post was sorted as it travelled overnight to its destination.
A replica of Stephenson's Rocket
The Mallard - On 3rd July 1938 it achieved a speed of 138 mph., the fastest speed ever achieved by a steam engine.
Last weekend I travelled by train to the city of York with friends, M, C and L. We all met in 2009 whilst on holiday in Peru and have remained firm friends. Each year we try and go away together usually abroad but this year we decided on a UK city break to York.
We started our visit by walking around the city walls. At about 2 miles they are the longest medieval town walls in England. Beneath the medieval stonework there are the remains dating back nearly 2000 years to the Roman era.
As you walk around the walls you get some wonderful views of York Minster.
Lendal Bridge over the River Ouse.
The river has flooded many times and in the King's Arms pub on the riverside they have a marker on the wall showing the heights the River reached.
There are some very interesting and strange street names in York. This name comes from the Roman 'old werk' meaning a fortified place.
As I walked along the Southbank of the Thames, between Waterloo and London Bridge, I was approached by a man who introduced himself as Martin. He wondered if I had the time to watch a live filming of a TV show. He needed to find 50 people to make up the audience, as a pre booked group had just cancelled. Not one to miss out on an opportunity to do something different I agreed. The show was not one I watched as it is broadcast at lunchtime but I did manage to negotiate with Martin that I could have other tickets for a show I do enjoy watching.
This was the first time I had been into a TV studio to watch a live show being broadcast. We were primed on when to clap or laugh by the warm up comedian who got us in the mood for the show.
The programme is called 'Loose Women' and it is a kind of chat show discussing current topics. As it was a live show there were no second takes.
During the commercial breaks, hair was redone and notes reread.
I am now looking forward to my next visit in a couple of weeks time to see 'The Graham Norton Show'.