Keeping A Safe Distance

For most of a dull yet warm day I watched the Channel 4 broadcast of the soporific third Test Match between India and England. Later, I scanned the next three of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. ‘Grinder’s lot’ are stilt walkers, who were popular entertainers during Dickens’s time. There are a numberContinue reading “Keeping A Safe Distance”

Cutting Out The Middle Man?

Early this morning, Jackie photographed the first welcoming dawn we have experienced for a while. The sunshine lived up to its promise as I wandered around photographing clumps of cheerful snowdrops; bunches of daffodils including tete-a-tetes; bright cyclamen; a variety of abundant hellebores which retained raindrops; and prolific shrubs such as camellias and viburnum. ToContinue reading “Cutting Out The Middle Man?”

“So I Could Get A Photograph Like That”

By lunchtime today I had passed six more of Charles Keeping’s characteristic illustrations on my visit to ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. ‘Quilp’s Wharf’ is an accurate depiction of such Thames-side area of the period. ‘Richard Swiveller’s companion addressed him with great energy and earnestness of manner’ as we can see. ‘Here, then he sat, hisContinue reading ““So I Could Get A Photograph Like That””

“He’s Escaped Pannage”

On another wet and gloomy morning we drove to Setley Ridge Garden Centre to buy a present for Helen, whose birthday it is today. Is there anything more dismal than a popular garden centre, normally thriving at weekends, to have hidden this sign beneath an empty display unit? Having done their best to beat Covid-19Continue reading ““He’s Escaped Pannage””

Defying Gravity

A leaden canopy stretched over our skies throughout the albeit warmer day. During my running days I would often allow the flow of traffic to determine my route. Nowadays it is sometimes the flow of ponies. So it was this afternoon. There wasn’t much point in staying in the Modus as an equine quartet idledContinue reading “Defying Gravity”

More Contemporary Tributes

This was another day of unrelenting gloom and rain, on which I scanned another batch of colour slides from Kensal Green Cemetery in May 2008. Well, they all started out as colour slides before I converted some. The first of these chapels within the grounds is Anglican; the second Non-conformist. A single sorrowful sculpture sitsContinue reading “More Contemporary Tributes”

Out In Force Today

Jackie cut my hair this morning. She grabbed my Covid locks and trimmed them down to size. And here was I wishing to turn the clock back. Contrary to expectations today, albeit several degrees cooler, was, from midday, bright and sunny. We drove to Otter Nurseries to buy some primroses, including a pot for Elizabeth,Continue reading “Out In Force Today”

Wet Roads

Rain beating a clamorous tattoo on the Modus roof; repetitive rapping from a thumping car radio; abrupt slamming of doors; crashing gears of handbrake ratchets; muffled muttering of masked voices; clicking stilettos clopping through puddles – all combined to distract me from the last chapters of ‘Little Dorrit’ as I waited in the car whileContinue reading “Wet Roads”

Late Afternoon Sun

An early end to the Test match and rain falling for most of the day prompted me to read eight more chapters of ‘Little Dorrit’, and consequently to scan eight more of Charles Keeping’s excellent illustrations. ‘Mrs Sparkler began to wonder how long the master-mind meant to stay’ is another two page spread. ‘Lying inContinue reading “Late Afternoon Sun”

Much Neighing In The Woodland

This morning I watched the Channel 4 broadcast of the third day’s play of the second Test match between India and England in Chennai. Today the temperature was a little warmer than of late; the weather just as gloomy yet less wet. After lunch we took a drive into the forest. A pair of equestriennesContinue reading “Much Neighing In The Woodland”