Claggy Conditions

Although somewhat warmer, our day was dank and drizzly with no sign of the sun. After lunch Jackie drove us to Norleywood and back. The Scots would term the landscape’s weather dreich. Gleaming wet bracken bounced back what light there was onto the soggy terrain with its fast flowing weed-carpeted, hopefully temporary, pools. This mud-spatteredContinue reading “Claggy Conditions”

On A Hillside

Today was sunny and warmer than yesterday. Jackie entered the garden for a weeding session. Within seconds Nugget was in attendance, taking time out from his under-gardener role to tweet sweet nothings to Lady, who kept out of sight. “Where’s Nugget?” (63) Ron continued sweeping up underneath his front garden feeder. Jackie also photographed hellebores,Continue reading “On A Hillside”

Ripples And Reflections

On another afternoon of heavy rain we took a drive into the forest. Over Lymington Road the sun attempted unsuccessfully to penetrate the brimming cloud canopy. The oak in the third picture has been remodelled by the sea air. The highest groping fingers never bear leaves. Almost the only wildlife we saw while the rainContinue reading “Ripples And Reflections”

The Equestrian Quartet

On another cold and bright morning we drove into the forest by way of Brockenhurst. From the Hinchelsea car park I photographed a somewhat misty moorland landscape. The winterbourne pool just outside the town had iced over, as had some of the terrain leading to further distant scenes. Rhinefield Road, where bracken provides burnished autumnContinue reading “The Equestrian Quartet”

A Cervine Spectre

Jackie was up in the dark this morning, in time to photograph our first smattering of snow before the rain washed it away. This afternoon we drove to Crestwood in Lymington to complete the paperwork and pay a deposit on our new sitting room flooring which will be laid after Christmas. We continued on toContinue reading “A Cervine Spectre”

Wetter Than Expected

My plan this morning was to walk along Bisterne Close for half an hour after which Jackie, having dropped me at one end, would follow and pick me up. In gloomy morning light and light drizzle we set off. The War Memorial in Everton Road, Hordle, had been prepared for tomorrow’s Armistice Day. The commemorativeContinue reading “Wetter Than Expected”

The Halloween Template

The day began as gloomy as yesterday. The early rain was quite light – enough for us to put in a stint of clearing up clippings and dead heading before it increased in ferocity. I watched recordings of the Rugby World Cup matches between USA and Tonga; between Wales and Uruguay; and between Ireland andContinue reading “The Halloween Template”

It Seems To Be Working

Nugget darted under my feet this morning as I swept the beech nuts from the Rose Garden paving and the gravel paths,     and around Jackie when she continued planting. Sometimes he took a bird’s eye view of proceedings. Here Jackie demonstrates that she has some thyme to plant; and here converses with herContinue reading “It Seems To Be Working”

The Freedom Of Their Cousins

Early this morning we took a drive into the forest.  From Lymington we entered the sun-dappled narrow, winding, Undershore towards Pilley, finding glimpses of autumn foliage there and in Lodge Road, across which a pair of female pheasants trotted. A group of somnolent ponies occupied Bull Hill. What. I often wonder, do the field horsesContinue reading “The Freedom Of Their Cousins”