Focus On The Windscreen

Nick Hayter visited this morning to assess the post-refurbishment decorating work he is to undertake. We enjoyed his usual pleasant conversation. The unconsolable skies shed continuous profuse tears throughout the afternoon, which we began with a trip to the Lymington Post Office collection office to claim a parcel undelivered because of a shortage of £2Continue reading “Focus On The Windscreen”

‘What Has Gone Wrong?’

This afternoon I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/12/29/a-knights-tale-84-charles-and-betty/ Afterwards, having read enough more of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, I scanned another five of Charles Keeping’s extremely expressive illustrations to this Dickens novel. ‘Father and son, looking silently on at the morning traffic’ ‘ ‘How say you? Are they very like each other?’ ‘ ‘Both resorted to theContinue reading “‘What Has Gone Wrong?’”

The Sun Must Be Over The Yardarm

Elizabeth paid us a visit just as we were settling down with lunch and an antiques programme. She declined to join us but was happy to make herself a coffee while we turned off the TV and enjoyed a chat and an exchange of presents to be placed under our respective Christmas trees. Afterwards IContinue reading “The Sun Must Be Over The Yardarm”

Florence

One of our regular Christmas decorations is positioned under the glass of an African display table I bought in Finsbury Park in the late 1970s. It features our granddaughter Florence as Mary alongside Joseph in a Primary School Nativity Play. I spent the afternoon completing my reading of my 1984 Folio Society Edition of CharlesContinue reading “Florence”

On Bréhec Beach

Last night I began reading and scanned, in addition to this Title Page and Frontispiece, three more of Charles Keeping’s wonderful illustrations. ‘My very particular friend Miss Tox’ has been depicted by the artist faithful to the author to the very last line. ‘Miss Tox soon returned with the party under convoy’ is again portrayedContinue reading “On Bréhec Beach”

Woodland And Moorland

This morning I finished reading ‘Our Mutual Friend’ by Charles Dickens, and scanned the last three of Charles Keeping’s superb illustrations to my Folio Society edition of 1982. ‘Riderhood went over backward, Bradley Headstone upon him’ ‘They both laughed, till they were tired’ ‘A canopy of wet blanket seems to descend upon the company’ ChristopherContinue reading “Woodland And Moorland”

Illustrations Accommodated By The Text

Early this afternoon we discovered a leak beneath a bathroom tap, dripping into our downstairs utility room. A local plumber could only promise a visit tomorrow afternoon, but said he would try to come later today. Considering that a pretty good response given the shortage of available plumbers nearer than Geelong, we were confined indoorsContinue reading “Illustrations Accommodated By The Text”

Burnt Out

This morning I scanned three more of Charles Keeping’s excellent illustrations to ‘Our Mutual Friend’. ‘Conveniently elevated above the level of the living, were the dead’ ‘Tippins the divine’ The artist’s inspired evocation of Dickens’s ‘The whole metropolis was a heap of vapour charged with muffled sound of wheels’ prompted me to post https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/11/a-knights-tale-32-the-great-smog/ OnContinue reading “Burnt Out”

A Dazzled Spider

With our dry heat now reaching 30C we carried out watering this afternoon before retreating indoors where I posted: https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/07/a-knights-tale-29-early-interviews/ , read more of Dickens’s Our Mutual friend and scanned the next five of Charles Keeping’s Inimitable illustrations. ‘The objectionable Sloppy’ ‘She folded her hand round Lizzie’s neck, and rocked herself on Lizzie’s breast’ ‘RiderhoodContinue reading “A Dazzled Spider”

Completing West Bed Planting

On a very dull, overcast, afternoon we shopped at Otter Nurseries for tree bark with which to mulch Jackie’s further planting in the recently opened up West Bed, then continued for a brief drive into the forest where we found nothing to photograph in such poor light. While Jackie completed the dressing of the soil,Continue reading “Completing West Bed Planting”