From Mist To Sunshine And Back

CLICK ON CLUSTERS TO ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. THE SINGLE IMAGES JUST NEED TO BE CLICKED FOR ENLARGEMENT IF REQUIRED. The mist that shrouded the garden never left Downton today. Motoring further away from the coast into the forest in the mid-afternoon, Jackie and I left the fog behind us and wereContinue reading “From Mist To Sunshine And Back”

Making It Through The Winter

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Once the heavy overnight frost fringing these heuchera leaves had thawed, the garden was warmed by the sun which was low enough to light lily leaves and grasses, while pearly jewels dripped from naked and semi-clad twigs, and lingeringContinue reading “Making It Through The Winter”

A Crossword Solving Session

CLICK ON SINGLE IMAGE TO ENLARGE; OR ANY ONE OF THE GROUP TO ACCESS THE GALLERY THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning, a larger thrush commandeered the crab apples. A game of hide and seek was required to photograph it. This afternoon we watched a TV production of Agatha Christie’s ‘Witness for theContinue reading “A Crossword Solving Session”

Ruby And Arthur Reed

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN CLUSTERS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. After a leisurely morning and a lunch of plentiful salad and cold meats left over from yesterday, Jackie, Ian, Becky, Matthew and I drove to the Beachcomber at Barton on Sea for coffee. The cafe was very full andContinue reading “Ruby And Arthur Reed”

Quiz Of The Year

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN CLUSTERS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This afternoon and evening we hosted a Boxing Day party. Guests included Helen and Bill, Shelly and Ron, Neil and Donna, Rachel and Gareth, David and Jenny, and Anthony; respectively Jackie’s two sisters and their husbands, Shelly and Ron’sContinue reading “Quiz Of The Year”

Poppy Does Byron Road

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN CLUSTERS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. A sleepy Christmas morning began with the opening of presents from Santa. Poppy suitably oohed and aahed as she sought her parents’ help to unwrap hers. This assistance was necessary because you can’t carry out the task while oneContinue reading “Poppy Does Byron Road”

A Pee And A Frolic With Santa

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN CLUSTERS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning I hand delivered some local cards. We then drove to New Milton for some very last minute Christmas shopping, and on to Keyhaven for a look at the harbour where sleek swans and male and female mallardsContinue reading “A Pee And A Frolic With Santa”

Enticing

CLICK ON CLUSTERED IMAGES FOR ACCESS TO GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Lyndhurst, considered to be the hub of The New Forest is home to the National  Park’s Visitor Centre, and consequently many gift shops ideal for Christmas shopping. We arrived there after sunset yesterday afternoon, which made the shop windows even moreContinue reading “Enticing”

Christmas Fairies

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ACCESS GALLERIES WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning we awoke to a garden dripping with decorations supplied by the Christmas fairies, some of whom still flitted among the trees: This afternoon we are off to Lyndhurst for the last of the Christmas shopping, then on to West EndContinue reading “Christmas Fairies”