Wild Flower Verges

Mum is recovering from a throat infection for which she has been treated with antibiotics. On our visit this morning she demonstrated the site of her discomfort and explained that she had refused to stay in bed in favour of sitting in her chair to get herself moving. This afternoon we took a drive intoContinue reading “Wild Flower Verges”

Eternal Spring

After lunch I progressed enough with ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ to feature another handful of Charles Keeping’s splendid illustrations to Charles Dickens’s novel. In ‘The sky was black and cloudy, and it rained hard’, Dickens has used the weather as a symbol of the mood he wishes to create. The artist has reflected this in the verticalContinue reading “Eternal Spring”

Lockdown Hair

I spent the bulk of the morning in boring administration, earning a trip out in the warm and sunny afternoon. Our first pheasant sighting was just a few hundred yards away, strutting along Hordle Lane. Most verges displayed golden celandines and varieties of daffodils. These embellished those of Barrows Lane. Walkers at the high pointContinue reading “Lockdown Hair”

Narcissism Personified

We enjoyed glorious sunshine throughout this rather warmer day, beginning with a drive into the forest. A trio of ponies cropped the verge of Burley’s Bennett’s Lane, until approached by a horse and rider. A jogger had paused asking me if I wanted to take a picture. Not wishing to disturb her rhythm, I wavedContinue reading “Narcissism Personified”

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 Oval Bed Today

The earlier third of the day was overcast but warm. On my way through the garden to set out on a walk down Downton Lane I photographed several newly opened tulips, one of which bore a sleepy bee. Even 30 m.p.h. on our eponymous winding lane is probably too fast at any time, yet itContinue reading “The Oval Bed Today”

We Thought It Best To Pull Over

Leaving the others asleep in their pits early this morning, Jackie and I took a drive into the forest in the vicinity of Burley. Bluebells are cropping up on all the verges. As I disembarked to photograph a stream and its reflections, a mallard shot under the bridge at a rate of knots leaving itsContinue reading “We Thought It Best To Pull Over”

Ecology 2

This morning we drove to Ringwood for Jackie to make some purchases with her M & Co vouchers, and then on into the forest. Homeowners at Mockbeggar were happy for ponies to crop the lawns in front of their houses, but installed cattle grids to keep them from their inner sanctums and away from theirContinue reading “Ecology 2”

“It’s Their Road, Not Mine”

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AN CHECKING BOX TO BOTTOM RIGHT. THOSE NOT IN A GROUP CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO We enjoyed another splendidly sunny summer’s day. In the garden the eucalyptus cast itsContinue reading ““It’s Their Road, Not Mine””

Expect Equine Visitors

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 With yesterday’s snow now but a memory, today held a real promise of spring. The Culinary Queen made us a picnic lunch, half of which weContinue reading “Expect Equine Visitors”