Official Status

This morning Jackie drove me for a short trip into the forest. Bovines basked among the browning bracken of Bull Hill. One couple sat talking on the gravel of Tanners Lane beach; another walked their dogs across it. With the Isle of Wight and The Needles on the horizon, gentle waters gathered in the regularContinue reading “Official Status”

Heucheraholics

After lunch I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/06/26/diary-of-a-good-neighbour/ Then Jackie and I visited Jools, Sean, and Pumpkin at where we engaged in enjoyable conversation, Jackie bought a plant, and I wandered freely with my camera. Afterwards we went on a foal hunt. Donkeys on Bull Hill were the first to oblige. It was only two days ago thatContinue reading “Heucheraholics”

More Equine Infants

A dull day brightened after lunch, when we visited Otter Nurseries to buy three more – the last – hanging baskets similar to the three Jackie had purchased this morning. We continued our drive into the forest, where adult asses trimmed the verges and, scratching when necessary, blocked the road at the bottom of BullContinue reading “More Equine Infants”

“Where’s Elizabeth?” (2)

Although the day became somewhat brighter and warmer as it progressed, it was really quite dull and cold until mid-afternoon. This morning we took a brief trip to Ferndene Farm Shop where the Head Gardener bought three more bags of compost and trays of bedding plants. This afternoon we carried out a Tesco shop inContinue reading ““Where’s Elizabeth?” (2)”

Tortoises?

Our afternoon drive into the forest took us through Bull Hill. Although certainly not tortoises, groups of serious walkers we watched from Furzey Lane leading to Furzey Lodge, carried their temporary homes on their backs. Some of these were passed by cyclists, more groups of whom wheeled along Cripple Gate Lane, where, bluebells, ferns, ivy,Continue reading “Tortoises?”

The Sap Is Rising

A light frost fell on the fields last night and Jackie had to scrape ice off the windscreen before driving me to the G.P. surgery at Milford on Sea for the successful removal of the staples from my knee. Rather unfairly, it seems to me, some members of the medical fraternities and sororities refer toContinue reading “The Sap Is Rising”