Still Going Strong

This morning I cut the grass and produced a few photographs. Individual titles appear on the galleries. This afternoon I almost finished reading Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley which I will feature tomorrow. Tonight’s dinner consisted of sag bhaji and mild prawn curry starter from Forest Tandoori followed by the main event in theContinue reading “Still Going Strong”

What Now?

It was a pair of grey ponies at the crossroads that prompted me to ask my willing Chauffeuse to park beside the stream at Ibsley ford, where a story began to unfold. The greys, casting their shadows in the morning sunshine, were mirrored by a couple of cyclists engaging in a lengthy conversation before partingContinue reading “What Now?”

“Have You Seen My Dog?”

The weather today alternated between brief bursts of bright sunshine and darkly hammering heavy hail and rain. We probably picked the best time for a drive into the forest, where, on Sway Road it was the turn of cattle and donkeys to create traffic mayhem. I took advantage of the sunshine to photograph autumn atContinue reading ““Have You Seen My Dog?””

Precipitation Photoshoot

Beneath a constantly percolating cloud colander parky temperatures prevailed throughout the day. I stayed at the computer while the Assistant Photographer produced the precipitation photoshoot. Click on any image to access the gallery where each picture bears it own title. This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy mango and lime piri-piri chicken served with chilli-potentContinue reading “Precipitation Photoshoot”

Gloom

Today the unrelenting gloom developed as the day progressed. The leaden sky became more so, although the temperature was reasonably warm when, this morning I jammed more than 20 of our garden refuse bags into the Modus, leaving about 10 in our pile. After lunch, Jackie having secured a half hour slot at the EffordContinue reading “Gloom”

Dropping In

In yesterday evening’s fading light Jackie wandered around the garden with her camera, and produced this gallery of garden blooms, individual titles of which are available by clicking on any image to access them. I have mentioned before my regret that modern life with its heavy schedules and geographical distance between friends and family hasContinue reading “Dropping In”

Familiar Trees

My post https://derrickjknight.com/2013/02/13/back-in-england/ from my very early days of blogging tells of how the thirteen year old me began his book collection in 1955 with The only illustration in that post, before my current scanning facilities, was of the decorated cover. I scanned the images today. Above we have the frontispiece and the title page.Continue reading “Familiar Trees”

Is It Really Autumn?

We began early this morning watering, dead heading, clearing debris and adding to the compost bins before attending Milford on Sea GP Surgery for flu jab appointments. A large number of patients were vaccinated smoothly at one minute intervals. We queued 2 metres apart for no time at all and were directed to our colour-codedContinue reading “Is It Really Autumn?”

A Shared Hairstylist

This morning I completed an e-mail exchange with Barrie Haynes who had sent me a copy of his latest novel, “Adam”. The book carries a good, intriguing, story written in tight, fast-moving, prose with nothing superfluous. Despite its five star rating on Amazon, the work, on account of the sexual innuendos which some will findContinue reading “A Shared Hairstylist”

Claiming The Perch

Although it had heated up by midday, the earlier part of the morning was cooler. We finished the work on the wisteria; Jackie continued with other shrubs and roses, such as those festooning the gazebo. Behind the third and fourth steps of the ladder in the third image here can be seen the colchicums whichContinue reading “Claiming The Perch”