Head To Head

On a bright, crisp, afternoon Jackie drove us to Bisterne Close, where she parked and sat in the car while I wandered into the forest with my camera, rustling the dried autumn leaves, across which the low sun cast long shadows. One lone cow wandered off into the distance. Golden gorse glowed; a few beechContinue reading “Head To Head”

Up The Lane

This morning I finished reading the justifiably Pulitzer Prize- (for Non-Fiction, 1963) winning work ‘The Guns of August’ (1962) by Barbara W. Tuchman. With painstaking research, shrewd judgement, and skilful prose, the author analyses and describes the first month of the First World War. We are so accustomed to books and films about the madnessContinue reading “Up The Lane”

Lucky For Pigs

On a gloomier and warmer afternoon than yesterday we took a drive into the forest. The pannage season has this year been extended into December. A group of snuffling, snorting, competitive, piglets on the muddy verge at Ibsley burrowed as far into the leafy coverlet as they could to emerge with acorns from the treeContinue reading “Lucky For Pigs”

Clogged Up With Visitors

This afternoon I printed photographs for Aaron, Mark, and Steve, of their tree-cutting work of three days ago. Some profile pictures are about to be changed. Late on a very dull afternoon we drove to Keyhaven to catch the last of the meagre light. There is so very little graffiti in the New Forest thatContinue reading “Clogged Up With Visitors”

Ninon Michaelis

The sun kept away today, and the cloud-wrapped air was mild. To increase seasonal confusion the winter flowering cherry has bloomed early and nudges crab apples normally stripped by blackbirds by now. This camellia is a very early spring bloomer, but never a November one. Fuchsias like Delta’s Sarah and Mrs Popple just go onContinue reading “Ninon Michaelis”

A Reflective Conversation

This morning Ronan of Tom Sutton Heating gave our boiler its annual service and investigated our inability to control the heating by thermostat. He found a piece of equipment was malfunctioning and will book in another visit to fix it. I didn’t really take in what it was. After lunch we drove to Elizabeth’s toContinue reading “A Reflective Conversation”

They Left Their Mark

We have an old saw that states “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight, red sky in the morning shepherd’s warning”. This certainly rang true today. Jackie had only a few minutes to photograph a rosy pink dawn. Afterwards there was barely a tinge left for Florence sculpture’s portrait. On this decidedly dank, dismal, day, Aaron,Continue reading “They Left Their Mark”

Communal Bath

Quite early this morning we drove to Mudeford to look at the sea. The sun briefly outlined the horizon; the waves were very choppy and determined to bubble over the wall onto the promenade. I needed to be unaccustomedly quick on my feet to keep them dry, whereas a reflecting fisherman just paddled patiently. AsContinue reading “Communal Bath”

Where Is The Body?

A friend of Aaron managed to tow away his truck which needs a new fuel pump. He hopes to have it repaired as soon as possible. On another very grey day I scanned more black and white negatives from May 2008 that didn’t appear in The Magnificent Seven publication. The first selection is from KensalContinue reading “Where Is The Body?”

In The Blink Of An Eye

This morning I was lulled into enough of a false sense of security to imagine that, although the heavy winds that have beset us during the last two days and the rain had desisted, the storm may be over. The late or very early blooming gladiolus, bowed but not broken, rested on Delta’s Sarah fuchsiaContinue reading “In The Blink Of An Eye”