CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning Jackie drove us around the east of the forest. At East End we passed some ponies chomping by the roadside. It was a narrow lane, so Jackie drove on and parked in a passing spot for me to walk back to photograph the scene. ThisContinue reading “Gooseberry”

The Beachcomber

I began dead-heading roses this morning. This afternoon Jackie drove us to Barton on Sea via Milford on Sea. We stopped off at Milford for Sheila to buy a stamp for New Zealand and maybe some wool from the shop that was also a Post Office. The Post Office had been permanently closed a fortnightContinue reading “The Beachcomber”

Around The Harbour

This morning Jackie drove us to Lymington Quay where, after a short wait watching the harbour, we boarded Puffin Billy for a thirty minute tour. Approaching midday in sultry weather, most visitors were taking a rest on the many available seats. One of these watchers was prevailed upon to walk her little boy around the quay toContinue reading “Around The Harbour”

Mothers’ Protection

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED I watered the pots in the front garden this morning. More pink roses bloom on the trellis each day; and clematis Piilu and a tiny solanum are now making their way across the garage door frontage. New arrivals in the Rose Garden include Mamma Mia, Rosa Mundi, and DeepContinue reading “Mothers’ Protection”

There’s Some Corner Of An English Churchyard

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF NECESSARY. Over breakfast this morning, I photographed two more angles of view through the kitchen window; and afterwards, The Rose Garden. We have many banks of aquilegias. Compassion blooms on the Dead End Path arch, And we have our first bottle brush flower. A Painted Lady butterfly availed itselfContinue reading “There’s Some Corner Of An English Churchyard”

Perseverance Rewarded

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Until 2.30 p.m. when Jackie drove us to Brockenhurst to collect our friend Sheila who is staying with us for a few days, she continued sterling maintenance in the garden while Aaron and Robin continued with the fencing. The erigeron outside the French windows featured as partContinue reading “Perseverance Rewarded”

Around Our Patch

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Yesterday, I took a tour around my  Social Work patch from the 1970s and ’80s. Today I took several around the domestic one I share with The Head Gardener. I began by stepping through the kitchen door into the patio. The large window box filled with mimuluses and pansiesContinue reading “Around Our Patch”

Around My Patch

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENHANCE THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Today I scanned another dozen colour slides from the Streets of London set. These were made in May 2004, by which time I was working as a therapeutic counsellor in Beauchamp Lodge Settlement in Little Venice’s Warwick Crescent. A turning off this small crescent was BlomfieldContinue reading “Around My Patch”

‘Did You See Those Chairs?’

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. On another dull morning I scanned the last few colour slides from 1980. In October Becky enjoyed pushing the buggy in Tooting Common. There was someone in it. That was Sam. Jessica was also on the walk. Here is Matthew the following month, and in December with Sam, who,Continue reading “‘Did You See Those Chairs?’”

The Doggie Bird

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF NECESSARY Ali, Peter, Becky, and Ian stayed overnight. When we had all surfaced we drove to the Beachcomber cafe in Barton on Sea for a brunch. Ali and Peter look forever young. Anyone familiar with my healthy café fry-ups may be surprised to see my smaller thanContinue reading “The Doggie Bird”