Claggy Conditions

Although somewhat warmer, our day was dank and drizzly with no sign of the sun. After lunch Jackie drove us to Norleywood and back. The Scots would term the landscape’s weather dreich. Gleaming wet bracken bounced back what light there was onto the soggy terrain with its fast flowing weed-carpeted, hopefully temporary, pools. This mud-spatteredContinue reading “Claggy Conditions”

Double Yellow Lines

Steady, light, rain seeped from slate skies throughout the day. This morning Jackie worked in the greenhouse while I ironed, read, and photographed raindrops on our unidentified peach rose, wallflower Sugar Rush Purple, and a tiny primula. This afternoon Jackie drove us to Keyhaven. You may be forgiven for thinking that this is a pictureContinue reading “Double Yellow Lines”

On A Hillside

Today was sunny and warmer than yesterday. Jackie entered the garden for a weeding session. Within seconds Nugget was in attendance, taking time out from his under-gardener role to tweet sweet nothings to Lady, who kept out of sight. “Where’s Nugget?” (63) Ron continued sweeping up underneath his front garden feeder. Jackie also photographed hellebores,Continue reading “On A Hillside”

“All Over In A Flash”

This morning’s sun shone blindingly bright in clear skies; the temperature was finger- tingling chilly. Because the meteorologists had predicted rain this afternoon we drove out early to Mudeford Quay. I had never seen the normally tranquil harbour water as choppy as it was today. The high tide surged back and forth over the shoreContinue reading ““All Over In A Flash””

Ripples And Reflections

On another afternoon of heavy rain we took a drive into the forest. Over Lymington Road the sun attempted unsuccessfully to penetrate the brimming cloud canopy. The oak in the third picture has been remodelled by the sea air. The highest groping fingers never bear leaves. Almost the only wildlife we saw while the rainContinue reading “Ripples And Reflections”

“Legged It”

When Jackie looked out of our bedroom window this morning she was surprised to see a police car backing past our house and no other cars on the road. Naturally she investigated. The telegraph pole bearing necessary cables and the only street lamp on our stretch of Christchurch Road had been seriously sent awry, theContinue reading ““Legged It””

Mud-caked

I have to acknowledge that I seem to be out of step with more regular reviewers of The Favourite which we watched on Prime after dinner yesterday. I am not competent to comment on the historical accuracy of this story of the last years of Queen Anne, a very sad eighteenth century English monarch; norContinue reading “Mud-caked”

Teddy

Albeit dry, today’s weather consisted of unrelenting Stygian gloom. We set out sometime after 3.00 p.m. which might as well have been dusk, and drove around for a short time before visiting Mum at Woodpeckers. Ponies are now sporting shaggy winter coats. One of these, intent perhaps on leaving some of its hibernal (not hibernate,Continue reading “Teddy”

A Temptation

Much of my day was devoted to this post on ‘The First Temptation of Saint Anthony’. I flagged up this book by Gustave Flaubert which I finished reading yesterday as today’s subject. I am indebted to https://st-anthony-the-great.org.uk/st-anthony-the-great/ from which, in order to set the scene for this work I have gleaned the following extracts: ‘St.Continue reading “A Temptation”

Where’s Mrs Nugget?

Jackie planted a clutch of primulas this morning. While she was at it she kept tabs on the winter flowering clematis Cirrhosa Freckles, and the mahonia that has grown into a tree. She observed an encounter between a snail and an owl; and admired the burgeoning Daphne Odorata Marginata and the Chilean lantern tree. ByContinue reading “Where’s Mrs Nugget?”