A Spectral Steed

Jackie has a penchant for before and after photographs. When I visited Sears Barbers in Milford on Sea for my first haircut since they reopened after the coronavirus lockdown it was inevitable that she would record before, during, and after Peter’s administration. On our way home at lunchtime we had noticed windsurfers over Barton onContinue reading “A Spectral Steed”

Traffic Calming

Today’s weather was hot and humid with intermittent sunshine. We gardened in the morning. I am delighted to report that Nugget is alive and well and was in his customary attendance. Those readers who suggested that he might be moulting were clearly correct. Jackie concentrated largely on the Rose Garden where, among other tasks, sheContinue reading “Traffic Calming”

Keeping Its Balance

The weather today was very dull with a couple of hours of rain of varying velocity early this afternoon. When the precipitation had desisted we took a drive into the forest. A group of ponies gathered on either side of Charles’s Lane wandered back and forth across the road. I am normally quite at easeContinue reading “Keeping Its Balance”

A Damselfly In The Kitchen Sink

Today the temperature was warm with intermittent sunshine. Up early soon after dawn this morning, Jackie discovered an azure damselfly, no longer than one inch, in the kitchen sink. Delicately, she transported the creature to the frog pond which she felt may be more its natural element. Having produced this moving photograph, she proceeded toContinue reading “A Damselfly In The Kitchen Sink”

“It Tells So Many Stories”

My early morning walk to open the back gate for Aaron displayed various beds, yucca, evening primroses, Welsh poppies, petunias, hollyhocks, a bee using a bidens as a trapeze, phlox, agapanthus, gaura, a Large White butterfly on a verbena bonariensis, and lilies in the Rose Garden. As usual the individual images are labelled in theContinue reading ““It Tells So Many Stories””

A Tug Of War

Ron has e-mailed me four more scans of the early negatives of his late father, Ray Salinger. The first image, made in 1948, is of the Blandford Forum, a West Country Class steam engine that pulled the train that took my brother in law to school until he left in 1967. Ron points out thatContinue reading “A Tug Of War”

Good Gardening Weather

Today, still cool, featured intermittent sunshine while cotton clouds pierced by cerulean patches sailed sedately overhead. We carried out the usual garden maintenance including watering, planting, pruning, and dead-heading. Jackie smiled when she first spied that I had come out to join her, but she didn’t see the camera hanging round my neck. I haveContinue reading “Good Gardening Weather”

In Keyhaven Harbour

Yesterday Ron told me about his discovery of a collection of negatives made by his father, Ray Salinger, in the 1940s and ’50s. Ron scanned these high quality photographs of drinkers in The Walkford pub and e-mailed them to me. We think the man in the apron is the milkman who has just delivered theContinue reading “In Keyhaven Harbour”