Raising The Roof

Thatching reeds unloading 3


Threatened with an early disappearance of the sun that shone through the mist at dawn this morning, we took a drive soon afterwards. I have to confess that Jackie was the only person out of bed early enough to produce these two photographs.

Our first stop was at Norleywood where the land alongside a stream was very waterlogged;

and primroses and celandines sprawled over the slopes and beside the stream.

Blackthorn 1

Prolific blackthorn also bloomed.

Llamas, two of which reconstructed Doctor Dolittle’s Pushmepullyou, grazed in a field further along the road;

Cattle and blackthorn

cattle opposite had freedom to roam;


while neighbouring chickens certainly enjoyed free range.

At East End, an interesting problem for motorists was presented by the unloading of a lorryload of thatcher’s reeds at the same time as two huge vehicles were parked outside the house next door where heavy landscaping seemed to be in progress. We watched the reeds lifted by crane, carried over the hedge, and lowered into position for the imminent task of re-thatching an impressively proportioned house.


A rather splendid mimosa grew in a garden on the opposite side of the road.

Low tide on flats

It was so misty beyond Tanners Lane beach that neither the Isle of Wight

Shore in mist

nor Lymington harbour was visible.


After I had taken this very pleasant woman’s photograph we had an enjoyable conversation, beginning with our lack of complete understanding of the cameras we were using.

Primroses, violets, ditch

More pale yellow primroses shared the banks of the ditch along the lane with little violets.

This evening we dined on Set Meal B at Imperial China in Lyndhurst, both drinking Tiger beer.


Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

42 thoughts on “Raising The Roof

  1. I could’ve joined you in the lack of complete understanding conversation. I keep buying books on how to work the camera, and one day I’m going to read one of them.

  2. Norleywood had some great ponds formed in waterlogged grassy areas with reflections which were amazingly captured on your camera. 🙂
    I like the way you get up close and personal with spring wildflowers and the gorgeous mimosa tree, too. Lovely early morning photos by Jackie were a beautiful addition.

      1. It was so nice you saw them, belated as I was. Sometimes they are left unanswered due to not be written in a timely manner! Your portrait was very nice on the post I went back in time to see!

  3. You sure it was tigers beer you were drinking? I’ve variously heard it called other things.
    By the bye, with all those animals roaming about; is it okay to stop by a cow and get a couple of gills of milk to make your bedtime cocoa; and collect any eggs that those wayward chickens might lay?
    As for the Llamas i think I’d probably just hop it quick smart!

  4. It is so good to see that thatching is still being practised. I’m a bit of a fan of old skills being practised. Like whisky making.

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