Sunlight Playing The Forest

Despite the forecast of sunny spells today we were treated to clear cerulean skies and full sunshine throughout the day. As we set off early to Ferndene Farm shop I paused to admire Jackie’s planting of primulas and violas in front of the garage door trellis. This was the view from the car as IContinue reading “Sunlight Playing The Forest”

Sunny Rooms

Today the sun shone its light into our rooms. As yesterday, accessing the gallery by clicking on any image will reveal individual titles. This afternoon I watched the televised Six Nations rugby matches between Italy and Ireland, and between Wales and England. Dinner this evening consisted of tasty baked gammon; creamy mashed potatoes; piquant cauliflowerContinue reading “Sunny Rooms”

Today The Sun Came Out To Play

Individual picture titles will be found on the gallery, otherwise I will leave the title and the sun in charge. This evening we dined on roast chicken thighs; chipolata sausages; crisp roast potatoes, parsnips and Yorkshire pudding; sage and onion stuffing; flavoursome Brussels sprouts and carrots, with tasty gravy. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drankContinue reading “Today The Sun Came Out To Play”

Along The Lanes

The third Test Match between India and England finished very early on this, the second, day, giving me the opportunity to stop watching Channel 4 and for Jackie to take me on a forest drive after purchasing primulas and violas from Ferndene Farm Shop. She parked on an un-waterlogged section of the verges while IContinue reading “Along The Lanes”

Keeping A Safe Distance

For most of a dull yet warm day I watched the Channel 4 broadcast of the soporific third Test Match between India and England. Later, I scanned the next three of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. ‘Grinder’s lot’ are stilt walkers, who were popular entertainers during Dickens’s time. There are a numberContinue reading “Keeping A Safe Distance”

Cutting Out The Middle Man?

Early this morning, Jackie photographed the first welcoming dawn we have experienced for a while. The sunshine lived up to its promise as I wandered around photographing clumps of cheerful snowdrops; bunches of daffodils including tete-a-tetes; bright cyclamen; a variety of abundant hellebores which retained raindrops; and prolific shrubs such as camellias and viburnum. ToContinue reading “Cutting Out The Middle Man?”

“So I Could Get A Photograph Like That”

By lunchtime today I had passed six more of Charles Keeping’s characteristic illustrations on my visit to ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. ‘Quilp’s Wharf’ is an accurate depiction of such Thames-side area of the period. ‘Richard Swiveller’s companion addressed him with great energy and earnestness of manner’ as we can see. ‘Here, then he sat, hisContinue reading ““So I Could Get A Photograph Like That””

“He’s Escaped Pannage”

On another wet and gloomy morning we drove to Setley Ridge Garden Centre to buy a present for Helen, whose birthday it is today. Is there anything more dismal than a popular garden centre, normally thriving at weekends, to have hidden this sign beneath an empty display unit? Having done their best to beat Covid-19Continue reading ““He’s Escaped Pannage””

Defying Gravity

A leaden canopy stretched over our skies throughout the albeit warmer day. During my running days I would often allow the flow of traffic to determine my route. Nowadays it is sometimes the flow of ponies. So it was this afternoon. There wasn’t much point in staying in the Modus as an equine quartet idledContinue reading “Defying Gravity”

More Contemporary Tributes

This was another day of unrelenting gloom and rain, on which I scanned another batch of colour slides from Kensal Green Cemetery in May 2008. Well, they all started out as colour slides before I converted some. The first of these chapels within the grounds is Anglican; the second Non-conformist. A single sorrowful sculpture sitsContinue reading “More Contemporary Tributes”