Passport Photographs

At midday Jackie drove us to Hockey’s Farm shop for an excellent brunch and to reintroduce Flo to the north of the forest. Ponies at Ibsley and mossy rooted trees were reflected in the pool that covers waterlogged terrain. Before eating we introduced our granddaughter to Hockey’s humorous alpacas lining up for their passport photographsContinue reading “Passport Photographs”

A Tryst

Today I scanned Charles Keeping’s next seven illustrations to ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ by Charles Dickens. ‘ ‘Go, sir,’ returned Dick, leaning against a post and waving his hand’. He is quite clearly drunk. ‘The boy threw his wasted arms around the schoolmaster’s neck’ is a typically tender scene. ‘They drew up there for theContinue reading “A Tryst”

All Too Fleeting

On a dank, overcast, yet warmer, morning, Jackie drove us to Ferndene Farm shop where her shopping ran so smoothly that it was only a four-page read in the car for me. We took a slight diversion on our way home, passing Sammy Miller Motorcycle Musem further along Bashley Cross Road, where work went onContinue reading “All Too Fleeting”

A Close Encounter Of The Porcine Kind

I have often featured cattle and other animals basking beneath Bramshaw’s ancient oak. These pictures were produced in November 2018. This morning the unburied corpse of this once mighty giant, some of its limbs chopped up, lay across the green, being investigated by a solitary calf which is hidden in three of these images. TheContinue reading “A Close Encounter Of The Porcine Kind”

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”

“All Over In A Flash”

This morning’s sun shone blindingly bright in clear skies; the temperature was finger- tingling chilly. Because the meteorologists had predicted rain this afternoon we drove out early to Mudeford Quay. I had never seen the normally tranquil harbour water as choppy as it was today. The high tide surged back and forth over the shoreContinue reading ““All Over In A Flash””

Damper And Damper

Yesterday evening we watched the last two episodes of Series One of The Crown. Today was swathed in rapidly increasing gloom. Jacqueline dropped in for a brief visit late this morning. Afterwards Jackie drove me to Hockey’s Farm shop for lunch. We left home in slight drizzle, and returned in a deluge. Even though itContinue reading “Damper And Damper”

Fly Masks

I didn’t think I could face the tension of listening to ball by ball broadcasting of the last day of the first Ashes Test match of 2019, so I suggested a trip out this morning and deferring cricket gratification until this evening’s highlights. Before leaving, Jackie photographed raindrops on spider’s webs and our porch planting.Continue reading “Fly Masks”

Making Pictures

CLICK ON ANY MEMBER IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT One of Aaron’s tasks this morning was to start clearing the falling leaves. He used his handy blower to stir the frisky foliage. Jackie and IContinue reading “Making Pictures”

The Grass Is Greener

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. “We must find a lamb,” announced Jackie this morning. “To prove it is Spring”. So we did. Quite a few in fact. This wasn’t veryContinue reading “The Grass Is Greener”