Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe

I spent the whole morning foiling a suspected banking scam. This involved several phone calls, listening to long stretches of Muzak, and struggling with a Scots accent on a bad line. Don’t ask. I couldn’t bear to go through it again. This afternoon I reeled up the Gazebo Path to join Jackie who had spentContinue reading “Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe”

First Steps

Knowing that this would be our last fine day until next week we took an early drive into the forest before returning to Sears Barbers at Milford on Sea where Peter cut my hair. Cotton clouds propelled by a chill east wind scudded across cerulean skies. Bright yellow daffodils lined many of the verges likeContinue reading “First Steps”

Look. No Hands

This afternoon we both collected our new specs from Boots, then drove into the dreary, drizzly forest. Along Undershore there stood an example of the broken trees on soggy terrain that currently proliferate in the woodlands. There wasn’t much sign of life until we came across cattle wandering along Sowley Lane. Owner’s tags, as always,Continue reading “Look. No Hands”

Teddy

Albeit dry, today’s weather consisted of unrelenting Stygian gloom. We set out sometime after 3.00 p.m. which might as well have been dusk, and drove around for a short time before visiting Mum at Woodpeckers. Ponies are now sporting shaggy winter coats. One of these, intent perhaps on leaving some of its hibernal (not hibernate,Continue reading “Teddy”

“The Only Fliers…..”

The sun smiled late and only fleetingly on us as we took a dull drive into the forest this morning. On an unnamed path near South Baddesley Road we discovered Two small crosses and a wreath adorn the autumnal acorn leaf carpet pattern beneath the board telling the story. Biggifying the map gives the locationContinue reading ““The Only Fliers…..””

Ice Cream Delivery

Jackie swept liberally scattered beech nuts from the Rose Garden this morning. Scoobie kept her company. On the Back Drive he found a fossilised rat which I opted not to photograph. We have a liberal supply of petunias, begonias, and Japanese anemones. Bees busied themselves gathering pollen, ignoring the fact that some plants remained dog-eared;Continue reading “Ice Cream Delivery”

Lunchtime

Part of Mum’s deal at Woodpeckers Care home is that she can entertain guests to lunch once a week. Elizabeth, Jackie, and I were her visitors today. My meal was Cajun chicken with Lyonnaise potatoes, carrots, and curly kale; the others opted for gammon. Mum chose stewed apricots with ice cream for dessert; the restContinue reading “Lunchtime”

Parched

CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN THE GROUP GIVES ACCESS TO ITS GALLERY, ANY MEMBER OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Early this morning Jackie drove me to Lymington Hospital where I underwent a posterior capsulotomy. This was nowhere near as nasty as it sounds. SixtyContinue reading “Parched”

Thorns And Scratches

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY Jackie is making good headway on her Spring planting Two sarcococcas, small shrubs which already dispense amazing scents, have been tried out with temporary plonking in their pots; Other seeds, bulbs, and corms to come, are marked with packet labels; Our first daffodilContinue reading “Thorns And Scratches”