A Tale Of Wasps

Eleanor is a good-tempered child who doesn’t normally make a fuss. It therefore came as a big surprise when, some time after the above picture was taken at yesterday’s barbecue, she let out a piercing yell and continued to cry. Jackie soon grasped what was wrong and provided the wherewithal to reduce the distress. ForContinue reading “A Tale Of Wasps”

Ron And Shelley’s Barbecue

Shelly and Ron had managed to choose a day at the height of the heatwave for this year’s traditional summer barbecue. My leg had improved enough for me to produce all these photographs without leaving my seat. Each participant is named in the gallery. We enjoyed Ron’s usual splendid barbecue meats – lamb kebabs, beefContinue reading “Ron And Shelley’s Barbecue”

Still Confined To The Passenger Seat

As we sat in a queue at the Brockenhurst level crossing this morning I photographed the dry grasses alongside. We were on our way to Streets, the shop which has everything. Jackie took this location photograph, whilst I focussed on the windows when we parked outside it. My more able bodied Chauffeuse also photographed theContinue reading “Still Confined To The Passenger Seat”

From The Passenger Seat

This morning Jackie and I drove to The Oakhaven Hospice Trust furniture warehouse on the Ampress industrial estate in order to offer for collection a Chinese oak cabinet which is now surplus to our requirements. I took the opportunity to photograph the parched condition of the surrounding verges. The now golden moorland around Brockenhurst wasContinue reading “From The Passenger Seat”

Resting My Leg

Forced to rest my injured leg, this afternoon I published then read a good chunk of V.S. Naipaul’s ‘A Way in the World’. This evening we dined on Mr Pink’s fish, chips, Garner’s Pickled Onions and Mrs Elwood’s Pickled Cucumbers, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden, I drank London Pride, Flo drank Lipton’s iced tea, andContinue reading “Resting My Leg”

A Knight’s Tale (148: First Stage Of Repossession)

Every Friday evening throughout July and August Sigoules square is covered in long tables and chairs; various food suppliers put up their stalls; Les Caves and others produce the wine; and people swarm in from miles around.  There is a pop group singing a fair number of English songs.  With respect to those who want toContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (148: First Stage Of Repossession)”

Hopping From Seat To Seat

Yesterday I somehow managed to strain my left inner thigh which means walking is out of the question. Perhaps thirty years ago, as featured in https://derrickjknight.com/2013/01/17/im-only-borrowing-it/ I spent a good hour hopping from seat to seat on an Intercity train when I was commuting from Newark to Kings Cross. The method proved useful once againContinue reading “Hopping From Seat To Seat”

The Great Gatsby

This morning I finished reading of which the above is the title page and the frontispiece; and next the front boards and spine. Tim Andrews has provided a knowledgeable and insightful introduction in which he states that ‘Fitzgerald’s fascination with the very rich and his concern with their corruptive and destructive power had been treatedContinue reading “The Great Gatsby”

Wash Day

This morning, in order to show a positive aspect of the hot weather, Jackie photographed Wash Day at Downton. She then cut my hair. After lunch I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/08/07/a-knights-tale-147-ten-hours-at-the-wheel/ Later, I carried out a dead-heading session and photographed a few flowers which bear their titles in the gallery. Bees were quite busy, although the firstContinue reading “Wash Day”