The Dappled Trunk

This morning I could no longer put off changing the lightbulbs bought yesterday. The picture light which I can reach with the aid of our small stepladder was done then. Three more at ceiling height were a different proposition. A major task ensued, not the least for the photographer who had to get down onContinue reading “The Dappled Trunk”

Confusing Exchange

Here is one I made earlier. I forgot to post this Upper Drive shot yesterday. Trees in the New Forest don’t just fall down. They grow into all kinds of unusual shapes, such as this one forming a perfect arch through which one can glimpse the A31. Last night I began reading Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novelContinue reading “Confusing Exchange”

Residential History Continued

As stated yesterday, Jessica, Sam, Louisa, and I moved to Lindum House in Beacon Hill Road Newark, on 10th December 1987.  This home was large enough for all the southern family members to come and stay, and they often did.  Its large garden was a haven for children, as evidenced by this photograph from Louisa’sContinue reading “Residential History Continued”

Gladstone’s Landmark

Today’s advent photograph is a detail of yesterday’s, taken in December 1963.  To me, it resembles a jewelled necklace with a pendant bauble. On Saturday, from our solicitor, we received a batch of papers pertaining to our prospective house purchase.  There were three problems with these.  One document to be signed jointly before a witnessContinue reading “Gladstone’s Landmark”

Proof Of Identity

This has been a reading week.  I have managed French and German philosophy, and an English historical novel.  But when it came to the electricity meter my performance was subject to certain shocks. In my experience, Southern Electric are the most reliable and understandable of the UK’s multiplicity of utility companies.  They give you aContinue reading “Proof Of Identity”

Making Connections

The O2 signal problem at Castle Malwood Lodge continues.  I still had no connection at all this morning.  Jackie’s Nokia, also on O2, had very fluctuating signals.  Buoyed up by a bucket of coffee I decided to ring the provider again.  I was again advised to take the various parts out of my Blackberry.  I saidContinue reading “Making Connections”

Peterson’s Folly

There is no O2 signal at Castle Malwood Lodge today.  After the period in France I began to worry.  I rang O2.  The French and English experiences are allegedly coincidental.  The man I spoke to, from our landline, of course, told me that O2 had had a complete shutdown yesterday, but all should be backContinue reading “Peterson’s Folly”

The Nuthatch

Back down to earth after yesterday’s Mottisfont display, we were nevertheless delighted to note the progression of Jackie’s south side garden, begun some time after the kitchen one.  With few exceptions, her plants are benefitting from her love and attention, and the warmer weather. Jackie was running out of certain specific items of bird food.Continue reading “The Nuthatch”

Knight & Colbourne Candles

Jackie, for the second time in two days, drove us to Southampton Parkway to collect Alison who had come for a brief visit.  The M27/A31 going west was almost at a standstill with people pouring in from other parts of the country to take advantage of what seemed to be the first real day ofContinue reading “Knight & Colbourne Candles”

She Does Make Exceedingly Good Books

On another glorious day, I had a wander around the garden of the Lodge, the shrubberies of which are now blooming splendidly.  Jackie had spent the morning attending to her little garden on our kitchen corner, after which we drove to The Firs to put in a stint there. In less than a week the treesContinue reading “She Does Make Exceedingly Good Books”