Bracing Themselves

Nugget tried several times this morning to interfere with Jackie’s planting, but on each occasion he was called away to attend to his more urgent duties of repelling a would-be boarder from his Weeping Birch station where he did his best to look big and hard as he whistled his deceptively sweet war cries. AfterContinue reading “Bracing Themselves”

Estate Agency

Today I watched recordings of the Rugby World Cup matches between Georgia and Uruguay, and between Wales and Australia. Taking breaks from these matches I made crops of Jackie’s photographs, and took the nesting box one myself. It is so good to employ a most competent Assistant Photographer. Jackie carried out planting, mostly in theContinue reading “Estate Agency”

The Freedom Of Their Cousins

Early this morning we took a drive into the forest.  From Lymington we entered the sun-dappled narrow, winding, Undershore towards Pilley, finding glimpses of autumn foliage there and in Lodge Road, across which a pair of female pheasants trotted. A group of somnolent ponies occupied Bull Hill. What. I often wonder, do the field horsesContinue reading “The Freedom Of Their Cousins”

Should I Revert To The Classic Editor?

The light this morning was dull when I took a walk around the garden. It looks to me as if WordPress have changed my gallery image sizes as they did yesterday. This will mean that nothing can be enlarged. I am also uncertain whether the galleries can be accessed at all. Should either of theseContinue reading “Should I Revert To The Classic Editor?”

Kites In The Harbour

I watched recordings of World Cup rugby matches, last night between Fiji and Uruguay; today between Italy and Canada, and between England and USA. Early this evening Jackie drove us to Mudeford and back. The oyster shells arranged around a beech tree in The Oaks on Lymington Road, Highcliffe revealed themselves to be a ringContinue reading “Kites In The Harbour”

Kites In The Harbour

I watched recordings of World Cup rugby matches, last night between Fiji and Uruguay; today between Italy and Canada, and between England and USA. Early this evening Jackie drove us to Mudeford and back. The oyster shells arranged around a beech tree in The Oaks on Lymington Road, Highcliffe revealed themselves to be a ringContinue reading “Kites In The Harbour”

Downton Abbey

The Regent Centre in Dorset’s Christchurch is a restored 1930s art deco cinema, now also featuring theatre, opera, concerts and dance. This is where, with Becky and Ian yesterday evening, we viewed the international hit film “Downton Abbey”. Wikipedia tells us that ‘Downton Abbey is a British historical period drama television series set in the early 20th century,Continue reading “Downton Abbey”

Almost Too Quick

Heavy rain this morning gave way to bright, sunny, spells; in one of which I photographed some raindrops on roses, dahlia Puerto Rico, a begonia, a pelargonium, fuchias, and penstemons. Japanese anemones had managed to stay dry. It didn’t take Nugget long to join in, and he was almost too quick for “Where’s Nugget?” (29)Continue reading “Almost Too Quick”

On The Road Again

Today dawned with sunny intervals. As the meteorologists had correctly forecast driving rain this afternoon, we drove to Setley Ridge to buy a birthday present, then into the forest, I photographed two woodland scenes outside Brockenhurst, from where we drove across the moors towards Beaulieu. A solitary horse and rider trotted across the fading heather;Continue reading “On The Road Again”

More Than She Could Chew

Aaron works in all weathers. This morning, however warm enough, was even too wet for him. He visited anyway and we enjoyed a pleasant conversation over tea, coffee, and biscuits. Afterwards I watched England’s World Cup Rugby match against Tonga. Although this afternoon the skies remained overcast, the steady rain let up; Jackie worked onContinue reading “More Than She Could Chew”