“The Smell Of Autumn”

Today was pleasantly temperate. We took an early drive into the forest where the wider roads are often crossed by hoofed animals who make the own tracks into the woodland. We stopped at the junction between Crow Hill and Charles’s Lane for me to photograph examples. The track forks with one tine running alongside Charles’sContinue reading ““The Smell Of Autumn””

The Watchers On The Shore

Today’s weather was once more clear, bright, sunny, and cooler. Bees continued collecting nectar throughout the garden. On my walk around I captured them on bidens, and on the more mature blooms of Festive Jewel. Crisp young examples of the latter await their turn at contributing to the queen’s larder. Tomatoes continue to ripen inContinue reading “The Watchers On The Shore”

Nugget, You’ve Got Mail

This morning while Jackie applied herself to unearthing food for Nugget, I occupied myself with dead-heading roses. The two photographs above are a day’s relief for eyes which struggled with yesterday’s “Where’s Nugget?”. Hearing Jackie clearly speaking Avian I thought at first she had been addressing her little robin, but in fact it was “thoseContinue reading “Nugget, You’ve Got Mail”

Unquenchable Polish Spirit

This morning Nick from Peacock Computers visited to instal a new router and to repair the interface between our TV and the You View box. After lunch Barry from New Forest Chimney Sweeping And Repairs came to inspect our leaking Velux window. He asked me to send him two photographs, which I did. Nugget overtookContinue reading “Unquenchable Polish Spirit”

Have I Found A Redshank?

We enjoyed another very hot temperature with clear, pale blue, skies today. In the garden bees laboured on rudbeckia; Small White butterflies were ubiquitous; sun produced X-ray images of such as hollyhocks and pelargoniums; and cart wheels spoke to the low bark of the eucalyptus. I wandered around for a while. As usual, titles mayContinue reading “Have I Found A Redshank?”

On The Verges

Today Jackie drove us to Upper Dicker and back for Poppy’s fourth birthday party. This was a gathering of young families with children who enjoyed great fun in the heat of a splendidly sunny day in Mat and Tess’s garden. There were games galore; much tasty finger food; home made Danish pastries; and a splendidContinue reading “On The Verges”

Frisky Cattle, Somnolent Ponies

Hot, flyblown, weather has returned.This afternoon we took a short drive into the forest. Cattle at East Boldre were surprisingly energetic in the humid heat. They travelled quickly across the moorland, interrupting their grazing with a mounting amount of head-butting. More somnolent ponies took what shelter they could from the East Boldre bus hut. OneContinue reading “Frisky Cattle, Somnolent Ponies”

The Best Cricket Of The Day

Jackie photographed nicotiana and petunias on her way to the Rose Garden, where she attempted to don the Festive Jewel. Nugget is beginning to fly into the trees and shout his warning message to what we think is a distant emerging territorial rival. “Where’s Nugget?” (7a) in this picture, taken when he dropped down toContinue reading “The Best Cricket Of The Day”

Ice Cream Delivery

Jackie swept liberally scattered beech nuts from the Rose Garden this morning. Scoobie kept her company. On the Back Drive he found a fossilised rat which I opted not to photograph. We have a liberal supply of petunias, begonias, and Japanese anemones. Bees busied themselves gathering pollen, ignoring the fact that some plants remained dog-eared;Continue reading “Ice Cream Delivery”