Defying Gravity

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Our final resting places are often a matter of circumstance, history, and almost arbitrary geography. So it was for my father, whose grave we visited yesterday, featuring it on my post. Having, apart from his war years in France, spent the majority of his life in andContinue reading “Defying Gravity”

Flower Arranging

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Today is the hundredth anniversary of my father’s birth. Born on Michaelmas Day 1917 he died on Christmas Day 1987, so did not live to see this one. This afternoon Jackie drove herself and me to Elizabeth’s where we decanted into my sister’s car and she droveContinue reading “Flower Arranging”

A Rescue Operation

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT AS REQUIRED This morning turned out to be rather longer than planned and required a little more energy than anticipated to be expended. We began with a trip to New Milton for shopping, including a new watch strap for me. We then returned home to collect two large bagsContinue reading “A Rescue Operation”

The Best Part Of The Day

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Friends Rob and Helen visited for lunch today. They arrived late in the morning and remained until early evening. We spent a very enjoyable afternoon catching up with each other. For lunch Jackie had made a superb leek and potato soup followed by plentiful cold meats andContinue reading “The Best Part Of The Day”

My New Haircut

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today the temperature was unseasonably warm, and the skies overcast. Although we have a great number of flowers still blooming beyond their normal time, I chose this morning figuratively to pick a bunch of dahlias from the garden. On my way round my attention was drawn toContinue reading “My New Haircut”

Ten Minutes

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Today’s weather was almost all wet, warm, and overcast. Our afternoon began with a trip to Milford on Sea where the excellent Peter at Sears Barbers cut my hair. We then went on a garden centre crawl seeking some boundary stones to hold back the soil aroundContinue reading “Ten Minutes”

Lacking A Certain Ambience

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Aaron needed a few more boards for the front of his compost bins. I therefore accompanied him this morning to Mole Country Stores (known as Scats because that is what they used to be) to buy them. These make removable slats for ease of accessing the matureContinue reading “Lacking A Certain Ambience”

“So Much Colour”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning Jackie continued her autumn clearing and planting in the garden. This afternoon I tidied up a bit then wandered around with my camera. Petunias and geraniums continue to glow, with bright little erigerons still standing proud; and diascias and begonias adding to the music. TheContinue reading ““So Much Colour””

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Sidecar

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Towards the end of yesterday afternoon Jackie drove us to Emsworth to join in Ian’s birthday meal at Nicolino’s restaurant. A month ago, I had photographed white doves in the morning light on and around the bell tower of St James’s Church. Yesterday a few remained onContinue reading “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Sidecar”

Stand-off

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Sunshine having returned, we took a drive in the forest this morning, and found ourselves centred on Brockenhurst, on the outskirts of which stands The White Cottage. I’m no expert, but this looks to me to be a relatively new building in keeping with its bucolic neighbourhood.Continue reading “Stand-off”