Covent Garden & Gerrard Street

Last night I finished reading Christopher Harvie’s ‘Revolution and the Rule of Law’ in The Oxford History, and began H.G.C. Matthew’s ‘The Liberal Age’. Soon after midday I walked through the farm underpass, into the forest alongside the wire fence that surrounds the pasturage, and, crossing the sandbagged ford followed the stream for a while, traversed it,Continue reading “Covent Garden & Gerrard Street”

The Soho Festival

In The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain this morning I finished reading Paul Langford’s ‘The Eighteenth Century’, and progressed to begin ‘Revolution and the Rule of Law’ by Christopher Harvie. It was a beautiful balmy day as I walked the two fords loop peaking at Forest Road.  Sheep grazed against the backdrop of a mastContinue reading “The Soho Festival”


Although it brightened up enough around noon to add a glow to vibrant magenta roses intertwined with honeysuckle in a Minstead hedgerow, the day dawned dull and dank as I walked the Seamans Lane/Shave Wood loop.  I did not venture off the tarmac. The blossom I had seen on the edge of the forest leadingContinue reading “Ondekoza”

Righting The Beetle

Impersonating a man with a great deal of local knowledge as I walked through Minstead this morning to pick up my route through the two underpasses turning at the Sir Walter Tyrrell pub, there was only one visitor I was unable to direct.  One of two, that is.  Just a 50% success rate.  Not veryContinue reading “Righting The Beetle”

The Nuthatch

Back down to earth after yesterday’s Mottisfont display, we were nevertheless delighted to note the progression of Jackie’s south side garden, begun some time after the kitchen one.  With few exceptions, her plants are benefitting from her love and attention, and the warmer weather. Jackie was running out of certain specific items of bird food.Continue reading “The Nuthatch”

Graham Stuart Thomas

This warm and changeable day turned out to be perfect for a visit to a National Trust garden.  We drove quite smoothly through Romsey, and past the Mountbatten home of Broadlands, where we would normally expect to encounter queues of traffic.  It was, however, as we neared our goal that we met the queues.  CarsContinue reading “Graham Stuart Thomas”

Pick The Bucket

Just a week away from July, I was actually cold as I walked down to Seamans Corner and back this morning to post a letter.  For a city dweller it may seem hardly worth recording such a trip, but it does take twenty minutes.  I reflected on a far more painful crawl to a postContinue reading “Pick The Bucket”


Late this morning Jackie drove us to The Firs for a gardening session.  A barbecue was on offer.  It was a blustery day with intermittent rain.  This didn’t really affect the horticultural activities, but it did mean that the barbecue was held in the kitchen. On 15th of this month (see post) Jackie and IContinue reading “Dragonology”


Jackie’s patience in watching the bird table from her kitchen hide has paid off.  The two most timid feeders are the woodpecker and the blackbird.  Through the glass of the French windows she managed to photograph each of them this morning. It was a much cooler and duller day today.  This afternoon we motored outContinue reading “Witchcraft”

Platinum Shine

I had a bit of a lazy day today.  The morning was spent getting back into Henri Troyat’s ‘Grandeur Nature’, which translates as ‘life size’. Jackie then drove us to Totton to buy a second garden chair.  She hadn’t quite had enough money with her to buy two yesterday when she acquired the first. AsContinue reading “Platinum Shine”