Race For Life

Another gloomy day and a joyful batch of rediscovered colour slides. The morning’s task – obviously – was to scan them. These are from Nottingham’s Race for Life in June 2006. Daughter-in-Law, Heidi is the tall woman in the centre of the throng gathering for the off. Louisa, Gemma S, Heidi, and Emily raring toContinue reading “Race For Life”

Tyburnia And Other Parts of West London

With today’s incessant steady rain pattering overhead I scanned another set of recently discovered colour slides. These form another batch for my Streets of London series – I think from May 2008. There are always building works going on somewhere in the capital. These were in Craven Hill Gardens W2, not far from my flatContinue reading “Tyburnia And Other Parts of West London”

A Champion Sculler And An Auctioneer

This morning I scanned a few more recently rediscovered colour slides, of West Brompton Cemetery from February 2009. As can be seen from these first four images, this was the time for daffodils to bloom. At least two of the stones in the second picture bear the name Hannam; single blooms have been laid onContinue reading “A Champion Sculler And An Auctioneer”

‘Lor!’, Chuckled Maggy

Barry of New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs finished most of his work on our kitchen extension roof today. While he was doing so, I made him a set of A4 prints from my pictures of him from the last two days. He sent me his own images of the new lead flashings and myContinue reading “‘Lor!’, Chuckled Maggy”

A Greasy Spoon

Barry, of New Forest Chimney Sweeping and Repairs continued today with his work on our kitchen extension roof. Painstakingly he removed the spent lead flashing and prepared the surfaces for the replacement material. Only when he was satisfied that he had firm bases did he begin to lay the new lead. This is tough workContinue reading “A Greasy Spoon”

THANK YOU NHS

Despite the dismally wet day Barry of New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs made a good start on repairing another section of our kitchen extension roof. We left him to it while Jackie drove me to The Grove Pharmacy, Christchurch Hospital for the first of my Astra-Zeneca Covid-19 vaccinations. The whole operation was smooth andContinue reading “THANK YOU NHS”

Round The Harbour

On a sun-bright, finger-tingling afternoon we drove to Mudeford where I wandered for a while. Fishing paraphernalia including coiled ropes, piled crab pots, bright buoys and rust-red chains lay neatly on the concrete and gravel area. Someone with a sense of national colours had placed a a child’s bright red and blue hat on anContinue reading “Round The Harbour”

Walking in Aquitaine

With five more chapters of Little Dorrit under my belt I now present five more of Charles Keeping’s splendid drawings. ‘Mr Flintwinch held the candle to her head’. ‘It was a charming place, on the road by the river’ is reminiscent of the paintings of John Constable. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Constable In ‘He applied spoons to his eye’,Continue reading “Walking in Aquitaine”

Preening Swans

Today the air was cold; the cotton-clouded cerulean skies bright and sunny. After lunch we took a drive as far as Hatchet Moor and back, enabling me to tramp over the burnt gorse Nash battlefield beside the lake. Beaulieu Road is lined with pools surrounding the rooted feet of trees which are generally dry inContinue reading “Preening Swans”

Rough Sleeping

This afternoon I scanned a few more recently rediscovered colour slides from August 2008. These are from a visit to Kew Gardens. Beside the lake huge gunnera grow; upon it plays a splendid fountain. The Titan Arum, or Amorphophallus Titanum, otherwise, on account of its putrid pong, known as the corpse plant, a native ofContinue reading “Rough Sleeping”