Focus On History

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. For my last birthday, Shelly and Ron gave me “Eyewitness – 150 years of Photojournalism” by Richard Lacayo and George Russell. Published by Time magazine this covers the history of such photography up to 1995. The book is a collection of important pictures stitched together by aContinue reading “Focus On History”

A Clip Round The Ear

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Early this afternoon Jackie drove us off to the north of The Forest. Refraining from the opportunity to indulge in her customary giggle on passing Sandy Balls, she settled for a late lunch at The Fighting Cocks in Godshill. The view from the pub across to theContinue reading “A Clip Round The Ear”

Moles

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Moles are small creatures that live underground. They rarely surface in the clear light of day, but throw up evidence of their presence as they tunnel seeking mates. They are considered vermin highly destructive to crops, and have been traditionally hunted down for centuries. Wikipedia, as well asContinue reading “Moles”

Going For A Paddle (2)

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. On another day with us both full of a cold, I scanned the remains colour slides of the Brittany holiday with Ann and Don in September 1982. I don’t know where the zoo that we visited was located. Here Don photographs the residents; maybe this zebra, orContinue reading “Going For A Paddle (2)”

Going For A Paddle

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. On another summery September day Jackie and I nursed colds indoors whilst Aaron and Sean virtually completed removing the grizelinia hedge. I scanned another couple of dozen colour slides from September 1982. These were from a holiday in Brittany enjoyed with our friends Ann and Don. Here isContinue reading “Going For A Paddle”

The Playground Bully

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. On another balmy morning I began a tour of the gardens at the front of the house, where fuchsia Delta’s Sarah blends with the pink Japanese anemones framed by white ones and Michaelmas daisies; and myrtle and solanum continue flowering. Outside the kitchen window, spritely spring poppiesContinue reading “The Playground Bully”

Defending Southampton Water

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. On another splendid September summer’s morning, Jackie drove us to Calshot and back. Calshot Beach had just two occupants: the proverbial one man and his dog. A woman was discussing the refurbishment of her beach hut. What had at first seemed a simple carpentry job had developed into aContinue reading “Defending Southampton Water”

Fading Beauty

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This was a glorious sunny day with the warmth of mid-summer. Bees and butterflies abounded in the garden. It was a good day for wandering around, but that is all we felt inclined to do. We can defer the winter preparation until it feels more like autumn.Continue reading “Fading Beauty”

Blackberrying Donkeys

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. I had an interesting conversation at my bank this morning. For some months now there have been placed several bowls of sweets on the counters, for customers to consume. I commented that they still had these on offer. ‘We do look after you’, was the response. ‘Hmm’,Continue reading “Blackberrying Donkeys”