Ten years ago yesterday I began this blog as a daily diary in order to keep my children up to date with my activities. Since then I have taken, different additional directions, largely stimulated by the encouragement and interests of a quite unexpected number of followers and friends from all over the world. Until comparatively recently all posts were uncategorised, making some subjects difficult for new and longer standing readers to track.
One development has been writing about books, often illustrated. This morning I embarked upon the task of changing the category of posts featuring observations about them. “Books” entries will often be found contained within the other activities of the day. A simple example of this is https://derrickjknight.com/2013/09/05/carthage/
Since I have to trawl through almost 4,000 posts to find these, I might take some time.
This afternoon Jackie drove me into the forest for a short trip.
We took the Sandy Down route to
Church Lane. The second of the above images shows a gentleman making good progress on his postprandial constitution; the first is a section at right angles to
a bridge over the stream reflected in the water’s surface.
The lane slopes up to St John the Baptist parish church, where the Ukrainian flag heard flapping in the churchyard on this otherwise silent afternoon adds an extra poignancy to the many others flying in our locality.
Beside the church, ponies crop the verdant fields.
English bluebells still thrive along the way,
between the ancient hedgerow banks along which gnarled roots are exposed.
This evening we dined on well cooked roast lamb; crisp roast potatoes, sage and onion stuffing, and Yorkshire pudding; crunchy carrots; firm broccoli and cauliflower; mint sauce and meaty gravy, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Malbec.