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”

An Old Cart Revisited

Today we brunched at which was undergoing work on the roof as we arrived. I first featured their ancient farm cart in https://derrickjknight.com/2020/09/11/do-not-climb/ Here are some more details from this visit. With its injunction warning customers against climbing on this vehicle of a past age, it lies alongside the car park, its wooden boards slowlyContinue reading “An Old Cart Revisited”

Ever Increasing Circles

The overnight gales offered us a brief respite this morning, during which the sun was permitted an appearance and the rain lessened. This was not to last, but we were fortunate for a time during which we ventured into the forest. A dip in the landscape as we head towards Burley from Holmsley Passage, dryContinue reading “Ever Increasing Circles”

“Where Did That Come From?”

Regular readers will know that Martin, our skilled and knowledgeable garden helper works in all kinds of weather. Current renewed gales were, however, enough to keep him away today. When Flo and Ellie returned from two weeks with Becky and Ian we were struck by how animated and engaged she had become in that shortContinue reading ““Where Did That Come From?””

Autumnal Days

An arboreal casualty of the recent gales with its sawn branches along New Lane has almost obliterated a sign warning of riders on the road. Some equestriennes, like this woman crossing Wootton Common, were out on the moors, perhaps skirting the Remembrance Day parades. Colourful autumn landscapes flanked Lyndhurst Road, further along which, fenced woodlandContinue reading “Autumnal Days”


This morning I watched the Women’s rugby World Cup final between England and New Zealand. This afternoon we took a forest drive on which I focussed on some poppy displays. This one is at Everton; this one at Boldre Memorial Hall at Pilley; and this one against the wall of the Parish Church of StContinue reading “Remembrance”