Older Than We Had Thought

Our brother-in-law Ron Salinger sent me an e-mail yesterday alerting me to a mention of our house in the New Milton Advertiser. We therefore bought a copy from Ferndene Farm Shop, and continued into the forest on a much brighter, more sun-sparkly morning than the miserable looking afternoon featured more recently along Christchurch Road below.Continue reading “Older Than We Had Thought”

Doreen Barlow’s Cymbidium Orchids

Bellowing cattle; creaking branches; squawking pheasants, intermittently punctuated the otherwise silent chill of the early morning air carrying cold gusts across the high ground of Braggers Lane as, after a Ferndene Farm shop visit, Jackie parked and I wandered down the road focussing on the bucolic landscapes on either side. A relaxed pheasant was undisturbedContinue reading “Doreen Barlow’s Cymbidium Orchids”

Rippling Railings

Martin P spent the morning starting on the plastering left from our recent refurbishments. He will complete the job the day after tomorrow. On another cold, bright, afternoon we took a trip to Ferndene Farm Shop to stock up on vegetables, then continued into the forest. Jackie parked alongside the high point of Braggers Lane.Continue reading “Rippling Railings”

A Day Of Two Halves

We drove through tears wept with varying velocity and frequency by this morning’s miserable skies, first to Ferndene Farm Shop for the purchase of a Christmas tree, then to the forest for a drive. On one side of Braggers Lane a curious cow left its companions in a field in order watch the cars goContinue reading “A Day Of Two Halves”

Rugs Still Required

Belying the cold wind which did not lessen until late afternoon, the such shone between fast moving fluffy cotton clouds. A brief garden survey revealed a few broken plant stems and one smashed owl. We decided to return to the clearance work tomorrow, and go out for a drive after lunch. Martin from Crestwood flooringContinue reading “Rugs Still Required”

From Lebanon To Dunedin

Unfortunately the expected overnight thunderstorm passed us by. The day, although cooler, remained overcast and humid. This meant further watering – mostly done by Jackie, with me chipping in a bit. Nugget sent me back inside for my camera. I did oblige, but he was waiting with a companion who was more twitchy and theyContinue reading “From Lebanon To Dunedin”

Keeping Their Distance

In recent days goldfinches have joined the ranks of birds swooping on the feeders. We think we may be harbouring an extra long tailed variety. Mum’s care home is now in total lockdown. Several of us telephoned her in turn. I believe that is now widespread. Jackie photographed this conversation through a ¬†window at BartonContinue reading “Keeping Their Distance”

Raindrops

It was a shame that we were only due sunshine and lack of rain this morning, because I needed to be at home for the Openreach engineer engaged by BT. I won’t dwell on this, but, although the man turned up on time the problem is not resolved. It didn’t help that he hadn’t beenContinue reading “Raindrops”

Cow Parsley

We began the day with a trip to Ferndene Farm Shop in order to buy compost, cake for this afternoon’s visitors – oh, and trays of trailing lobelia and petunias. This led to a drive in the forest. From Forest Road we crossed into Braggers Lane alongside which cotton clouds scudded over the landscape. ThatchersContinue reading “Cow Parsley”

Far Too Fast For Me

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE 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 The day was as radiant as yesterday had been dismal. At lunchtime we brunched at the Walkford Diner which now has saut√©ed potatoes and onions toContinue reading “Far Too Fast For Me”