“The Only Fliers…..”

The sun smiled late and only fleetingly on us as we took a dull drive into the forest this morning.

On an unnamed path near South Baddesley Road we discovered

Two small crosses and a wreath adorn the autumnal acorn leaf carpet pattern beneath the board telling the story.

Biggifying the map gives the location of the still extant Blister hangar. Wikipedia tells us that ‘aΒ blister hangar is a novel arched, portable aircraft hangar designed by notable British airport architect Graham R Dawbarn patented by Miskins and Sons in 1939. Originally made of wooden ribs clad with profiled steel sheets, steel lattice ribs and corrugated steel sheet cladding later became the norm.’

Beyond the tree line across a nearby field the hump back of the Isle of Wight can be seen.

When photographing the windsock and a murder of crows, Jackie observed that these were the only fliers taking off from this location today.

Beside Hundred Lane

and its neighbouring fields

bustling pheasants scrabbled among stiff cut grain stalks.

A friendly equestrienne led us along


Church Lane.

Sway Tower now nestles among autumnal trees.

Back at home, Jackie, under the supervision of her resident robin, planted a euphorbia.

“Where’s Nugget?” (47)

Elizabeth came to lunch before taking me off on a secret trip. I would have loved to have made photographs in the venue but could not do so because I did not want Jackie to know anything about it. Yet. Hopefully the time will come.

After a cup of tea my sister returned home and Jackie and I dined on smooth white pepper-flecked mashed potato; old gold piquant cauliflower cheese; and pale lemon smoked haddock; lifted by bright green beans and vibrant orange carrots. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I drank Patrick Chodot Fleurie 2018.







Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

73 thoughts on ““The Only Fliers…..”

      1. It wasn’t until I looked again using a phone rather than the computer (with Derrick’s tip) that I saw him… then I wondered how on earth I had missed him!

  1. I always admire your photographs of shady and sunlit woodland paths, Derrick; to me, they look mysterious and romantic. Do you think I have read too many Sir Walter Scott’s novels as a teenager?

  2. OOH! A secret for Jackie! YAY! I can’t wait to find out what it is! She deserves many, many, many wonderful surprises! πŸ™‚

    Church Lane makes me sigh with joy! And the pheasants are pleasant! πŸ™‚

    HEY, Nugget! So good to see you…well, I can only see your back and tail, but I see you! πŸ™‚

    HUGS!!! and TWEETS to all!!! πŸ™‚
    PS…I’m watching the 3rd season of The Crown on Netflix and they had an episode about The Aberfan disaster. So tragic and sad. Powerful episode. 😦 I remembered your WP posts about Aberfan.

  3. I wonder if there was a personal connection for that wreath–poignant.
    Quite a challenge today–I wasn’t sure if I saw Nugget or not, even biggified.
    I love the tunnel of trees–and a secret outing!

  4. I’m stumped as to the whereabouts of Nugget in the photo (is it of the euphorbia? Nice colour anyway!). Good to see Nugget in the other photo, anyway. I’ve missed his presence with being busy all week.

  5. Took me until I recognised the tail-feathers to find the lad. πŸ˜€ … you surpassed yourself with your eloquent description of your evening’s repast this time. πŸ™‚

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