The Path To Deadman Hill

The day before yesterday I finished reading being the final novel in the trilogy of the Larkin family, first featured in “Freak Of Fate” in which I described the first book; how I came by it; and the amazing coincidence of the address on the flyleaf, also borne by this Book Club edition published byContinue reading “The Path To Deadman Hill”

The East End Arms

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today was still humid, but cooler and overcast. We spent the morning dead-heading, weeding, cutting back shrubs and other plants, generally tidying up, and adding to the compost heap and orange bags for the dump. This afternoon two trips to the dump were required to dispose ofContinue reading “The East End Arms”

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”

Parents Must Allow Children To Be Adventurous

On another dull, overcast, morning, Jackie drove to a follow-up appointment with her knee surgeon whilst I stayed at home for a visit from Paul, the Double Glazing Doctor, who arrived on time and gave the promised, reasonable, estimate later on. The work will be done next Wednesday when the new television is to be installed. IContinue reading “Parents Must Allow Children To Be Adventurous”

Come Along With Me

A north wind gusting at 25+ m.p.h. took the heat out of a gloriously sunny morning. Early on there was a distinct, or should I say, indistinct, flurry of activity around the bird table, particularly as the parent starlings were feeding themselves for a change. These shots were taken through the window because I didn’t wantContinue reading “Come Along With Me”

A Re-opening

This was a warm sunlit day. Not only were the last of the summer blackberries ripening in Downton Lane, but  fresh blossom was turning to fruit, and a Japanese kaiga painter had reproduced a pattern of pink cherry against the clear blue sky over Shorefield. Long shadows were cast, and the Isle of Wight, The Needles,Continue reading “A Re-opening”

The Monk

One of the benefits of our mild Autumn has been that non-hardy plants, like this fuchsia Quasar, are still out in the garden. Normally a delicate pink and lilac on a white ground, this picture was my selection for the third day of my Black and White Flower photograph submissions. Edward Sherred, landscaper, called thisContinue reading “The Monk”

Hordle Closed Cemetery

A new discovery was made on my familiar Hordle Cliff walk this morning. An abandoned bird’s nest perched high up in the hedgerow on Downton Lane where, seduced my the mild autumn, blackberry blossom still blooms, and lichen blends with the gorse. Roger was out with his tractor bearing new attachments, the purpose of whichContinue reading “Hordle Closed Cemetery”