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”


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 sautéed potatoes and onions toContinue reading “Far Too Fast For Me”

“I Was Trying To Get Out Of Your Picture”

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Late this afternoon Jackie and I took a car ride into the forest. Whilst we were making our leisurely way along Braggers Lane, we passed a friendly young woman riding a horse. I exchanged waves with the rider. Further on, I disembarked to photograph fresh fernsContinue reading ““I Was Trying To Get Out Of Your Picture””

The North/South Divide

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today was another dull one with little sun after 10 a.m. This morning we took a motorised stroll through the forest and brunched at Hyde-Out Café where I enjoyed a tastefully presented full English. Just outside Bashley the first bunch of cyclists began disrupting the traffic. SomeoneContinue reading “The North/South Divide”

“They Aren’t Going To Fly Away”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning we took a trip back to Gordleton Barn to measure a door I had photographed on our last trip in the hope that it might be suitable to replace our inner front door I don’t like. It wasContinue reading ““They Aren’t Going To Fly Away””