Highland Games

Late this morning we visited Mum in Woodpeckers where she continues to thrive. This time she availed herself of the blanket provided. Afterwards we drove into the forest for a picnic in the car. The day was cooler and overcast. From the bridge on Rhinefield Road I obtained enough light to photograph reflections in theContinue reading “Highland Games”

Close Encounter Of The Covid Kind

On an unseasonably mild morning of sunshine and showers we drove into the deserted forest where Jackie decanted me at a few unpopulated points where I wandered with my camera. Had we been in a hurry down Beckley Road we might have had a closer than comfortable encounter with an approaching van. Fortunately Jackie hadContinue reading “Close Encounter Of The Covid Kind”

A Close Encounter Of The Porcine Kind

I have often featured cattle and other animals basking beneath Bramshaw’s ancient oak. These pictures were produced in November 2018. This morning the unburied corpse of this once mighty giant, some of its limbs chopped up, lay across the green, being investigated by a solitary calf which is hidden in three of these images. TheContinue reading “A Close Encounter Of The Porcine Kind”

The Anguished Cockerel

How do you amuse yourself and gain relief of tension while listening to bank muzak while holding on for 75 minutes waiting for an “adviser” to sort out a problem? You spend the time patiently reading and commenting on blogs you follow and, when you need a pee you ask your wife to put theContinue reading “The Anguished Cockerel”

“Have You Seen My Dog?”

The weather today alternated between brief bursts of bright sunshine and darkly hammering heavy hail and rain. We probably picked the best time for a drive into the forest, where, on Sway Road it was the turn of cattle and donkeys to create traffic mayhem. I took advantage of the sunshine to photograph autumn atContinue reading ““Have You Seen My Dog?””

Those Who Persevered

While I photographed Jackie pruning Wedding Day, which, with her further endeavours elsewhere this morning, provided me with more clippings to chop and bag up this afternoon, I spotted a shield bug riding a nearby hibiscus. Later this afternoon we went in search of the surviving entries of the Hordle Scarecrow Trail. These entries haveContinue reading “Those Who Persevered”

Proper Rain

The heavy rain that fell this morning was more welcome to us than to the influx of holidaymakers. Thinking that now was our chance to find Ferndene Farm Shop without a queue we set off in hope. A four-way traffic control gave me ample time to photograph the lights through a wet windscreen. After theContinue reading “Proper Rain”

Picnicking

Even at 8.30 this morning garden watering was shirt-soaking weather without having gone anywhere near the sprinkler. I also produced a few photographs. Jackie said I made life difficult for myself with the camera slung round my neck. As usual, the gallery can be accessed by clicking on any image, each of which may beContinue reading “Picnicking”

Summer Holidays In The Woods

In an effort to avoid the holiday traffic and the intensely hot sapping humidity of the day we set off for a forest drive at 8 a.m. Beside Ober Water which passes under Rhinefield Road ponies quietly grazed, cattle strode purposefully, cyclists and cars sped along; sunshine dappled the woodland, reflecting trees and skies onContinue reading “Summer Holidays In The Woods”

Reflecting Headlights

Welcome rain descended all day in an ever-increasing crescendo. Undeterred, my Chauffeuse drove us into the forest as rain battered the Modus and spattered the windscreen, across which the panic stricken wipers raced to and fro. In the dingy early afternoon of this cold summer’s day motorists splashed through puddle-wet streets reflecting headlight beams. TheContinue reading “Reflecting Headlights”