“Look. That Man’s Taking Photographs”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Leaving their van in our front drive and their slip-on shoes outside the door, Barry and Owen, who are New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs, having first serviced Mistletoe Cottage next door, provided us with their trademark clean and efficient job. A dust sheet is laid down;Continue reading ““Look. That Man’s Taking Photographs””

Heroes And Heroines

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Most of my day was spent on wrestling with administration involving phone calls, some of which were not returned; form filling the requirements of which were unclear; and e-mails, one of which I had never received. I really can’t be bothered to go into details on this,Continue reading “Heroes And Heroines”

New Roses

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This has been a day of varied activities. This morning involved various administrative phone calls; a trip to Lymington to confirm the order and pay for Jackie’s new laptop; and a drive among the lanes around Sway. Other road users somewhat impeding our leisurely progress included aContinue reading “New Roses”

Free Ice Creams

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. We spent a sweltering morning on garden tasks. Jackie prepared an area in the West Bed from which Aaron had removed an ancient, unproductive, rose yesterday for a replacement yet to be acquired. I occupied myself dead-heading and clearing up. This afternoon we drove into the forest.Continue reading “Free Ice Creams”

A Family Event

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This afternoon we attended the third family event in three days. This was Shelly’s birthday party. Here, Jackie’s sister Helen sits with Shelly’s mother-in-law Daphne. Father-in-law Ray smiles beside Shelly and Malcolm, probably checking the cricket score on his mobile. Ron, here taking a break and joiningContinue reading “A Family Event”

Friends From Schooldays

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning and early afternoon we spent time sweeping paths, dead heading, weeding and watering in preparation for a visit by Frances and her friends Annie, Kay and Dave. The others stayed for dinner and a very pleasant evening’s conversation. Annie was unable to remain for theContinue reading “Friends From Schooldays”

“I Buy Dat”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The weight of traffic through Lyndhurst and on the A27 meant that the journey to Upper Dicker on the way to Poppy’s birthday celebration took 4 hours in contrast to the normal two and a half that the return trip occupied. Fortunately we left home early enoughContinue reading ““I Buy Dat””

The Angel And Blue Pig Inn

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Work starts early in the morning in the razed North Breeze garden. In preparation for the rear extension, soil has been dug out from the area behind the house. Presumably the digger is levelling off the heap. The fire is now concentrating on rubbish from indoors. WeContinue reading “The Angel And Blue Pig Inn”

Careless Mother

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. A rare glimpse of the sun this morning reminded me that I had neglected to offer any photographs of the front garden in yesterday’s post. These are the flowers fronting the garage doors. I am sure that the Head Gardener would wish to have it pointed outContinue reading “Careless Mother”

September Approaches

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Although, like this on these marigolds, a certain amount of ash remains from the North Breeze bonfire, the prevailing wind has changed and the fire much less prevalent. The mechanical digger glimpsed over the fence is levelling the now plantless next door garden. This afternoon we both tookContinue reading “September Approaches”