More Young Life

Jackie spent the morning and part of the afternoon in the garden. Later she drove me into the forest for a short trip. Ponies cast their shadows on the sward beside Holmsley Road. One enjoyed a good scratch. Two mares suckled their foals. In the first picture the youngster is in the process of risingContinue reading “More Young Life”

After His Bath

Today’s brisk north east wind carried a much cooler breeze than the sunshine promised. Fooled by this deception we took a circuitous route taking in Keyhaven Harbour at low tide on our way home. Some moored boats sat on dry land; others, with buoys bobbed on the rippling shallow surfaces while winds whistled through theirContinue reading “After His Bath”

Escalating The Situation

With the aid of Elizabeth’s stick I managed to walk the whole length of Downton Lane and back. A cyclist passed me on the way down, and was himself overtaken by a car. As they approached the bend, round came another bicycle The pedallers made a neat vehicle sandwich and no harm was done. AcrossContinue reading “Escalating The Situation”

Walkers In The Field

On a gloriously warm and sunny Good Friday, being the start of a four day holiday weekend, the government was still urging the public to adhere to the coronavirus lockdown ┬áregulations; the UK reported death toll was now approaching 1,000 in the last 24 hours; and a small but significant minority of people were transgressingContinue reading “Walkers In The Field”

The Blue Coat

Suitably equipped for the fray Jackie joined the queue at Tesco five minutes before opening time. She really felt for the woman in the blue coat. The orderly social distancing exhibited outside the supermarket was somewhat belied by the few customers who reached past others to claim items they were afraid might disappear. Although weContinue reading “The Blue Coat”

Water Under The Bridge

The morning’s sunshine was correctly predicted to succumb to clouds by mid-day. We therefore took an early drive to Wooden House Lane in Pilley. The lane peters out into a pitted gravel path currently peppered with pools. Jackie parked the car and contemplated how she was going to turn round and return to comparatively dryContinue reading “Water Under The Bridge”

Provoking A Squabble

Overnight winds had been powerful enough to blow this planted up stone urn off its pedestal. Early this morning Jackie drove me to our G.P. surgery at Milford on Sea to order a repeat prescription. We were not surprised to learn on BBC News that, at 79 m.p.h., the strongest gusts in Britain had rushedContinue reading “Provoking A Squabble”

Casting Practice

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 I am happy to say a couple of reasonably quick telephone calls appear to have resolved yesterday’s banking problems. First I phoned NatWest and established thatContinue reading “Casting Practice”

Play Of Light

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT AS REQUIRED Willows garden on Pilley Hill is situated on a steep but manageable incline. The house is perched in the middle of the plot with the effect that the rear beds are on the highest level and the land descends to the lily pond at the bottom. WeContinue reading “Play Of Light”

The Water Bed

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning we drove to New Milton to register with the Birchfield Dental Practice, then do business at the bank and the post office. Afterwards we visited Streets Ironmongers in Brockenhurst where we exchanged our Swan’s Basket for aContinue reading “The Water Bed”