Along St Leonard’s Road

Once more I spent time this afternoon in EE’s Lymington High Street store. Those who have followed the saga of the last few days will know that I have been unable to extract the all-important replacement PAC code from O2 to enable the change of mobile phone supplier to EE to take place.

I decided to ask EE to sort this out, and made an appointment with Caleb, the store manager. First I had to speak to O2’s Customer Services representative. My new helper made the call to negotiate the robot machines and arrive at the relevant department, then passed the phone to me. The procedure I had gone through yesterday was repeated until I requested that the two respective employees spoke directly to each other. They both obliged. The conclusion was reached that O2 could not renew the code because their system showed it had been activated, and would stay in force until November. EE has it stated as rejected, preventing them from proceeding. Definitely a question of left and right hands. Caleb passed the issue to his special projects team who will liaise with their counterparts in O2. This could take up to 48 hours.

Our later restorative forest drive took Jackie and me along St Leonard’s Road which runs from East End past St Leonard’s Grange.

The late afternoon light cast shadows and reflections across the recently accumulated pools along the verges and gateways.

One reflected post

was from a fence stretching towards the Isle of Wight.

An apple tree was producing ripening fruit.

Plentiful pheasants were in evidence, possibly from a breeding farm nearby.

Some romp freely among the fields;

others prefer the walls of the ruined medieval grange;

or loiter in the hedgerows.

The more suicidally inclined try to outrun the car like young squirrels, or deliberately play chicken by dashing across it. Maybe these options are preferable to waiting to be peppered with buckshot.

This evening we dined on three prawn preparations – hot and spicy, salt and pepper, and Tempranillo, served on Jackie’s colourful and wholesome savoury rice, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Puglia Primitivo. 


  1. Fortunately the beautiful nature around is there to appease you from all of your technichal worries, Derrick ! And also the jackie good meal at night!
    In friendship

  2. Wonderful photos, Derrick. It seems ridiculous that you can’t make this change to your phone service! Too many rules in the way.

  3. With pheasants, the more white in their plumage, the more inbred they are which points at being artificially bred.
    I love the picture of the two gates. They are leaning on each other just a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

  4. Oh, gosh, on your UGHY continuing phone troubles! πŸ™ So frustrating! πŸ™
    ALL of your photos today are so eye-catching and artistic! Just lovely! From the trees-hugging shady lane photo all the way through to the lone pleasant pheasant photo! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚ ❀️
    PS… “Why fit in when you were born to stand out!” – Sir Philip Pheasant πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

  5. Gosh, you have a lot more patience than I do Derrick. I would have thrown the phone out the window by now. I hope your problems get resolved soon. Thanks for the beautiful photos!

  6. You’ve been getting plenty of opportunities to practice perseverance lately! Thank goodness for the restorative forest. The photos of the muddy water and complicated fence pattern go with your current tech challenges, but the photos are much more fun.

  7. Oh, no, not liasing! (When did “liaison” mutate into a verb, anyway?”) I love the restorative drive photos, particularly the first one with blue mud puddles and the one with the fence stretching toward the Isle of Wight.

  8. I wish you best of luck with the O2 problem. It sounds like you at least have some help now from EE. I am sorry this is still continuing. You don’t need any extra vexations!

    I love the pheasants. On rare occasions we see them here, and I even had a conversation with one. They are beautiful birds.

  9. So very frustrating about the phones. I hope you’re able to get it sorted out soon.
    You got some beautiful photos afterwards though. I’m glad you were able to take a scenic drive and have a delicious dinner to soothe your spirit. Such beautiful landscapes. I see stars of David in the gate, and now I can’t unsee them. πŸ™‚

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