Bracing

This morning we drove to the pharmacy in Milford on Sea for a repeat prescription and on to the coast to struggle against the wind of 50+ m.p.h. The Isle of Wight, The Needles, and the breakwaters held firm against the choppy cream and toffee seas. The gales failed to uproot the clumps of purpleContinue reading “Bracing”

The Reality

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK THAT CAN BE REPEATED. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN A GROUP ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT This afternoon Jackie drove me out to Calshot and back. Waiting in the queueContinue reading “The Reality”

“You Can’t Keep A Good Brit Down”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning we drove to New Milton to buy Jackie a bag to carry her overnight stay requirements for our trip to Bicester tomorrow. We then continued to Friars Cliff where we brunched in the Beach Hut CafĂ©. There are two rows of beach huts there –Continue reading ““You Can’t Keep A Good Brit Down””

Losing The Plot?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The sun returned today. This set us up nicely for our trawl through local solicitors in order to find one acceptable to the Family Building Society and willing to witness our signatures on the Mortgage Deed and the Declaration of Understanding. Starting off at Milford on SeaContinue reading “Losing The Plot?”

Only The Crows

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED I spent most of the day grappling with long-distance legal professionals over a small remortgage. I cannot summon the energy to detail this, but it has been going on for weeks and has only been necessary because I am too old to secure a mortgage from myContinue reading “Only The Crows”

Shade

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. In order to use the services of the Post Office whilst Jackie was visiting the Birchfield Dental Practice, this morning I parcelled up some items the Australian branch of the family had left behind; wrote a cheque for the water bill in Sigoules; and packed up theContinue reading “Shade”

A Blustery Day

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN CLUSTERS GIVE ACCESS TO GALLERIES WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. On a day of winds fit to threaten lingering autumn leaves like those on our crab apples, Jackie drove us to our GP surgery at Milford on Sea for our flu jabs (influenza vaccines). Down at theContinue reading “A Blustery Day”

An Electric Light Show

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE; THOSE IN SMALLER CLUSTERS GIVE ACCESS TO GALLERIES. Becky and Ian returned home at lunchtime. I spent the afternoon printing off a draft novel a friend has sent me, doing me the honour of seeking my opinion on the work. We left the printer processing the last few pages andContinue reading “An Electric Light Show”

Feeding The Birds

CLICK ON SMALLER CLUSTERED IMAGES TO ACCESS LARGER GALLERIES. Mat arrived with Poppy this morning. Our granddaughter was walking about and talking scribble. She was straight into toys. She likes playing with the mice; but was soon absorbed with the seal box and its fish contents, making lots of cooing noises. Stopping for beverages atContinue reading “Feeding The Birds”

The Stone Face

CLICK ON SMALLER, CLUSTERED, IMAGES TO ACCESS LARGER GALLERIES. This afternoon Jackie drove me to Hengistbury Head, where she drank coffee and I explored the scene. En route to the beach, I passed the top of the hill, where walkers could be seen, to my left, and observed silhouetted figures against the sea and skyline.Continue reading “The Stone Face”