Along Church Lane

Ten years ago yesterday I began this blog as a daily diary in order to keep my children up to date with my activities. Since then I have taken, different additional directions, largely stimulated by the encouragement and interests of a quite unexpected number of followers and friends from all over the world. Until comparativelyContinue reading “Along Church Lane”

Resisting The Spanish Invasion

This morning Jackie and I drove to our annual pilgrimage to Boldre’s Church Lane, with its high ancient hedgerows and its private bluebell woods. Banks and verges are now adorned, in addition to the bluebells, with white stitchworts, and yellow celandines and dandelions. Jackie and and I saw differing images in the gnarled bark ofContinue reading “Resisting The Spanish Invasion”

A Frosty Morning

On a crisp-cold frosty-bright morning we drove early to Saint John the Baptist Churchyard to make photographs showing it in a better light than yesterday. Bramble stems and various leaves in the hedgerows opposite the cross-carved entrance gate were outlined in bright white pigment. The gate picture is Jackie’s. We both made general views. TheContinue reading “A Frosty Morning”

Not Much Call For It In 2020

On another gloomy and cold morning we ventured out into the forest trusting that the nearer we arrived at midday the brighter the light may become. If anything there was more darkness at noon. We stopped at Setley Ridge Garden Centre which Jackie, masked up, entered and bought some Christmas presents while I focussed onContinue reading “Not Much Call For It In 2020”

A Reflective Conversation

This morning Ronan of Tom Sutton Heating gave our boiler its annual service and investigated our inability to control the heating by thermostat. He found a piece of equipment was malfunctioning and will book in another visit to fix it. I didn’t really take in what it was. After lunch we drove to Elizabeth’s toContinue reading “A Reflective Conversation”

Autumn Reflections

Jackie and I each photographed a few flowers blooming yesterday morning. Here are the Assistant Photographer’s contributions. The first three are of Mrs Popple fuchsias and a giant which has lost its label; next is a white solanum with the bright blue Ali Baba planter in the background; the hanging baskets following contain petunias andContinue reading “Autumn Reflections”

“Not Where You Want To Meet Something Coming Round The Next Bend”

Quite early this morning we drove along Mount Pleasant Lane beside which sweeping landscaped fields harboured horses, some sporting fly-protection masks. Our original destination was South Sway Lane, along which free manure is usually on offer. All that is required from people helping themselves to this gardeners’ gold is that we leave replacement empty bagsContinue reading ““Not Where You Want To Meet Something Coming Round The Next Bend””

A Modern Day Drove

Beneath cloudless cerulean skies we took an early drive into the forest this morning. A cool breeze blew along sun-dappled lanes like these named Rodlease and Church. At a corner of the latter a tractor ploughed a field some distance from a couple of grazing workhorses within view of adjacent woodland. Along the road toContinue reading “A Modern Day Drove”

Emerging From The Gloom

This morning the temperature plummeted, as did rain until after lunch, when the overcast skies brightened and the wind speed escalated, for the rest of the day, to 40+ m.p.h. We drove early to Ferndene Farm Shop to buy three bags of compost, a splendid, tall, lingularia; lettuce and other salad ingredients, before a shortContinue reading “Emerging From The Gloom”