Not Upside Down

Although less severe, today’s weather was as changeable as that of yesterday. This morning we drove to Milford on Sea for a repeat prescription. There were more people on the road than there has been of late. The car parks along the coast were still locked and empty but for this cyclist, and a coupleContinue reading “Not Upside Down”

The Wind Gets Up

Having now reached episode 7 of The Crown series 2, we have decided that enough is more than enough. There is too much intrusive invention for our liking. This morning I visited Sears Barbers for Peter to cut my hair. Knowing that later today we would be in for a storm which I believe hasContinue reading “The Wind Gets Up”

Venison For Christmas

The weather picture this morning was of strong winds propelling variable clouds, some unloading precipitation of heavy rain and piercing hale, and bright sunshine, all vying for the available time. Thus, our naked trees enjoyed ever-changing backdrops, while the house was often brightly lit. Among other tasks, Aaron planted beside the cypress trunk two heavilyContinue reading “Venison For Christmas”

It Has To Go

As she toured the garden this morning Jackie was struck by the contrast between the number of survivors from spring and summer still blooming – including clematis Niobe; fuchsias Delta’s Sarah and Mrs. Popple; hebes; hot lips; bidens; pelargoniums; pansies; campanulas; and roses in the Rose Garden – and the harbingers of spring to come,Continue reading “It Has To Go”

It Seems To Be Working

Nugget darted under my feet this morning as I swept the beech nuts from the Rose Garden paving and the gravel paths,     and around Jackie when she continued planting. Sometimes he took a bird’s eye view of proceedings. Here Jackie demonstrates that she has some thyme to plant; and here converses with herContinue reading “It Seems To Be Working”

Kites In The Harbour

I watched recordings of World Cup rugby matches, last night between Fiji and Uruguay; today between Italy and Canada, and between England and USA. Early this evening Jackie drove us to Mudeford and back. The oyster shells arranged around a beech tree in The Oaks on Lymington Road, Highcliffe revealed themselves to be a ringContinue reading “Kites In The Harbour”

Kites In The Harbour

I watched recordings of World Cup rugby matches, last night between Fiji and Uruguay; today between Italy and Canada, and between England and USA. Early this evening Jackie drove us to Mudeford and back. The oyster shells arranged around a beech tree in The Oaks on Lymington Road, Highcliffe revealed themselves to be a ringContinue reading “Kites In The Harbour”

Bembridge

Jackie rose early this morning and sat in a chair on the patio with a cup of instant coffee. In an instant Nugget was on a paving stone peering hopefully up at the rim of the cup. Now, “Where’s Nugget?” (16). Today’s weather was blustery and damp. The Test Match was delayed until after lunch.Continue reading “Bembridge”

Don’t Fence Me In

On a bright afternoon of sunshine and showers Jackie and I took a spin in the forest. Various flocks of birds in different locations skimmed the clouds in the changing skies, taking rests atop the naked trees. Cattle in a field alongside Bockhampton Road stood in a muddy, waterlogged field. As I watched one, withContinue reading “Don’t Fence Me In”

The Dying Of The Light

Increasingly sunburned clouds sped across the dawn skies over Christchurch Road this morning as Jackie drove me to Lymington Hospital for my flexible endoscopy. It was just my luck that this procedure was carried out by a beautiful, slender, Italian doctor. There is no apparent damage. I delivered a report to my GP in MilfordContinue reading “The Dying Of The Light”