The Ship Inn

Today was warm and wet; for most of the time the leaden, overcast, weather didn’t even have the decency to be dramatic. Leaving Becky and Ian at Downton, Jackie drove us to The Ship Inn at Upavon where we met sister-in-law Frances, niece Fiona, her husband Paul, and great nephew, James, for lunch. Upavon isContinue reading “The Ship Inn”

Out Of The Dark

On another unseasonably mild day, I wandered around the garden with my camera, picking allium, daffodil, camellias, viburnum rhytidophyllum, periwinkle, and bergenia. This afternoon we drove through the forest to Burley. On the way we stopped at a New Forest car park for a short walk with Scooby. Ponies always gather round the parked carsContinue reading “Out Of The Dark”

Mah Jongg

Today’s fine weather lived up to the promise of the dawn skies on Christchurch Road. Yvonne’s recent post in Hello World, prompted me to an exchange about the Lincoln imp, about which the Lincoln Cathedral website has this to say: ‘A HISTORY OF THE LINCOLN IMP Posted on December 16th, 2011 |  TODAY THE LINCOLNContinue reading “Mah Jongg”

A Christmas Cold Cure

This morning, in the form of a Pauline King light catcher, we discovered the perfect child’s Christmas cold cure. Poppy is, of course, of the IT generation. She’ll probably be being ‘beamed up’ everywhere when she is our age. (Jackie immediately requested a print of this one, so I made it, and a larger oneContinue reading “A Christmas Cold Cure”

First Christmas Cold

Poor little Poppy, at four months today, has a cold. This reminded me of my sadness when Sam first cut himself. Our granddaughter spent much of the morning in her customary position on her Dad’s arm. After lunch, she perked up and, clad in her Christmas fairy outfit made by Granny, showed determined concentration in openingContinue reading “First Christmas Cold”

Pasted To Their Neighbour’s Flanks

The veritable Christmas aroma of cinnamon and cloves that permeated the house this morning came from Jackie’s rice factory in preparation for Boxing Day. Anyone who has followed my ramblings for a while may be wondering what the mice have been up to this year. They have brought their lambs to venerate the crib. This brightContinue reading “Pasted To Their Neighbour’s Flanks”

Crumbling Cliff

Today we cleaned up downstairs in preparation for our visitors beginning to arrive tomorrow. I hand-delivered a few local Christmas cards, then Jackie drove me to the framer’s in Old Milton. I was beginning to become rather anxious about a present he was working on. Last week he had said it would be done by the nextContinue reading “Crumbling Cliff”