Comparatively Unscathed

Jackie produced a few photographs of dawn this morning. Although the skies would darken with rain squalls and the windspeed increase at intervals after lunch the morning was brighter and the speed 45 m.p.h. I toured the garden investigating what turned out to be very little damage. The patio planters in front of the FrenchContinue reading “Comparatively Unscathed”

‘In Jackie’s Garden’

Early this morning sparrows so dominated the seed feeder that one of their own needed to wait its turn while perched in the winter flowering cherry. A long tailed tit joined blue tits tucking into the suet balls. Soon after 11 we left Aaron to his work in the garden and drove to The FirstContinue reading “‘In Jackie’s Garden’”

Only So Much Rain

We have now realised that the birds partaking of the front garden feeders are field residents from across the road. Their numbers now include gymnastic blue tits and patient sparrows here waiting their turn at the trough. Our young visitors bear only so much rain before disappearing, following further leakage from the clouds, leaving theContinue reading “Only So Much Rain”

More Than She Could Chew

Aaron works in all weathers. This morning, however warm enough, was even too wet for him. He visited anyway and we enjoyed a pleasant conversation over tea, coffee, and biscuits. Afterwards I watched England’s World Cup Rugby match against Tonga. Although this afternoon the skies remained overcast, the steady rain let up; Jackie worked onContinue reading “More Than She Could Chew”

Bad Hair Day

This afternoon Jackie drove me to Eyeworth Pond and back to watch the birds. Golden gorse glowed in the sunshine on Hinchelsea Moor and many others. The deciduous trees, like this oak, are all filling with foliage. Walkers along the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive gave scale to the giant redwoods. Mandarin ducks are not native toContinue reading “Bad Hair Day”

Gone Fishing

The final fatal body blow to my hopes for a daily post during my hospital stay was dealt by EE mobile on the late afternoon of the day before my surgery. Today I began to fill in the gaps with the entry planned for 8th January 2019 On this bright, sunny, morning we set outContinue reading “Gone Fishing”

Breathing Pace

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. No, there is no letter missing from the title. All will be revealed to those who have the perseverance to make it through the bumper morning’s photographic haul. Although Jackie is far from well, she was determined on aContinue reading “Breathing Pace”

Letting The Toddler Win The Race

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning we went for a driveabout in the forest. It is not unusual to notice cartoon character flattened squirrels on the winding lanes. On the very narrow track bounded by thick impenetrable hedgerows that links Newtown with Minstead, a young tree rat caught ahead of the carContinue reading “Letting The Toddler Win The Race”