A Drum Roll

This morning I rediscovered an album of elderly colour slides I had thought lost. I scanned a selection from May 1989. Sam managed to set this drum rolling across the lawn at Lindum House; Louisa preferred the inside drum roll Kate, our popular child-sitter, was an excellent birthday party emcee. This was Louisa’s seventh. JessicaContinue reading “A Drum Roll”

A More Manageable Garden

Our own garden is rather more manageable for dodgy knees than yesterday’s veritable undulating park. I took an amble around it this afternoon. Jackie thought that this very small daffodil, in one of the stone troughs resting on the front wall, had come up blind. In fact it has bloomed later than most. Behind theContinue reading “A More Manageable Garden”

No Discount For Amusing Dog

This afternoon, with Elizabeth and her friend, Cathy, we visited Spinners Garden in Pilley, open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. Jackie and I had visited four or five years ago when the steep slopes and terraces of this wonderful, well established, venue were of no consequence. Not so today. The long downward pathContinue reading “No Discount For Amusing Dog”

Beechwood Fauna

This being the second day of 50+ m.p.h. winds it seemed one to have a look at the waves on The Solent. The sun lit the cliffs of the island and the waves on the skyline. When I photographed the sea, rocks, and spume on the sand I was not alone; one young woman, exhibitingContinue reading “Beechwood Fauna”

In The Soup

It is not unusual for us to be held up at Brockenhurst’s railway level crossing. This morning, on the way to visit Mum, was no exception. I had ample opportunity to photograph some roadside dandelions. As we approached Woodpeckers Care Home we noticed a crocodile of preschool children with a number of adult attendants walkingContinue reading “In The Soup”

Ferns Unfurling

This afternoon Jackie drove me to Sears Barbers at Milford on Sea, where Peter cut my hair. We continued into the forest. This lane is one we traversed at North Ripley. From high ground near Linford we admired landscapes over farmland. Horses may be seen in some, and a stretch of hawthorn in another. TheContinue reading “Ferns Unfurling”

A Blue Rinse

Welcome rain, sometimes quite heavy, fell all morning. We had to stay in anyway, because Stephen Ford came to fix the flushing system to our downstairs loo. He was prompt, efficient, and friendly. We would happily use him again. This afternoon we posted photographic prints to my blogging friend, then headed for the lanes aroundContinue reading “A Blue Rinse”

Shared Pasturage

Although it was to brighten a little before we finished our trip into the forest this afternoon, it began very dull and overcast. At Braggers Lane I disembarked from the Modus to focus on distant landscapes. The last two images include All Saints Church, featured in an earlier post. Nascent bracken now towered above bluebellsContinue reading “Shared Pasturage”

We Thought It Best To Pull Over

Leaving the others asleep in their pits early this morning, Jackie and I took a drive into the forest in the vicinity of Burley. Bluebells are cropping up on all the verges. As I disembarked to photograph a stream and its reflections, a mallard shot under the bridge at a rate of knots leaving itsContinue reading “We Thought It Best To Pull Over”

Number 32

One of Aaron’s tasks today was to reinforce the wobbly posts on the entrance to the Rose Garden, cerinthes have proliferated by self-seeding. The Oval Path curves round the bed beyond that entrance. Shadows fall across the Gazebo and Brick Paths. The yellow and orange diurnal poppies are preparing for my daily dead-heading routine. TheContinue reading “Number 32”