From Pastel Paper To I.T. Tools

One of the consequences of our decluttering has been the discovery forgotten pictures stuffed in a cupboard. Forty years ago when we had no internet, no computer, no digital cameras – just pencils, pastels, paint and drawing paper; when my hand was steady and I could sit out on Tooting Bec Common, I produced thisContinue reading “From Pastel Paper To I.T. Tools”


The recent heavy rains have suddenly filled the drought-dried lake at Pilley. This prompted me to circumperambulate it on our forest drive this morning. Fresh autumn leaves floated among rippling reflections or broken limbs from their trees, or lay visible on the shallow bed; Mallards, glimpsed through overhanging lichen covered branches and their lingering foliage,Continue reading “Replenishment”

The Way To The Church

After buying provisions from Ferndene Farm Shop this afternoon Jackie and I took a forest drive while Becky and Flo, taking Ellie with them, shopped elsewhere. On the way up Lyndhurst Road outside Burley, Jackie managed to park the Modus allowing me to walk down the soggy verge with my camera. I had been attractedContinue reading “The Way To The Church”

Well Wound-Up

Here are some of the piles of patio rubble awaiting the arrival of a skip to remove them. The low concrete wall at the perimeter will be removed and replaced by sleepers which Martin will source. In the meantime he has focussed on the Rose Garden. As the water fountain is powered by a solarContinue reading “Well Wound-Up”

All Will Become Clear

Ellie has a favourite position when clinging to her mother: she pivots her right arm inwards at the elbow and curls up the fingers behind her. Yesterday I photographed the phenomenon. This morning Martin removed most of the last of the patio paving and will need to hire a skip to take it all awayContinue reading “All Will Become Clear”

Rhinefield Ornamental Drive

We had intended to photograph Beechern wood on our forest drive today. This has been one of our regular trips. It was a shock to find a locked gate across the road forbidding access to non-members of the Caravan Site at the far end. The woman approaching the Forestry Commission gate had left the camperContinue reading “Rhinefield Ornamental Drive”

Black Swans

Our friend, Paul Soren posted a picture yesterday that I said I thought would make a good screensaver. This morning Jackie took me on a forest drive. We began with the woodland alongside Bisterne Close where the soft forest floor alongside contained dry acorn cups, fallen branches and crisp autumn leaves, clustered beneath long decayingContinue reading “Black Swans”

Family History

With my Chauffeuse out shopping today I finished reading The front cover of my Virago Modern Classics edition, Number 234 of 1986, shows “The Opera Cloak” by William Strang. The back cover contains the publisher’s accurate blurb on the novel, after the last page of which is this description of the history and aims ofContinue reading “Family History”