A Stream Of Cyclists

Yesterday Jackie put in more work perfecting the Rose Garden clearance. The path leading to the white seat had been weeded by Flo. When she noticed the bag of recycling material outside our front door ripped open this morning with its contents distributed round the garden, Jackie wondered what had done this. After she clearedContinue reading “A Stream Of Cyclists”

Selecting Sheltered Spots

Early this morning Jackie continued the clearance in the Rose Garden. I carted her clippings to the compost bins and carried out more dead-heading before we shopped and the Co-op in Stopples Lane then took a drive into the forest. Well before mid-day shadows flickering in the woodland alongside Bisterne Close manifested as clusters ofContinue reading “Selecting Sheltered Spots”

South Sway Lane

This morning Jackie drove me to the surgery at Milford on Sea where I received my booster Covid vaccination with no problems. We then continued on forest drive. I stepped out of the car at South Sway Lane, where a fine specimen of buttercups lined the verges opposite the ubiquitous cow parsley, and carpeted fieldsContinue reading “South Sway Lane”

Misty Morning Mizzle

Late yesterday afternoon Jackie had photographed the porcine weather vane on Bull Hill. Gloomy as it was there was no mist. We began the day by visiting the Royal Mail Delivery Office very early. Jackie parked outside on Lymington High Street while I entered the office to do battle about the non-delivery card featured yesterday.Continue reading “Misty Morning Mizzle”

Stamping Ground

We began the day by shopping at Ferndene Farm Shop for three more bags of compost, vegetables, and begonias. This was quite a quick operation, after which we drove into the forest. At the top of Holmsley Passage another wrecked vehicle blocked the side-lane to a house. This was upside down and looked as ifContinue reading “Stamping Ground”

Rather Nonchalant

Melodic birdsong and the plaintive burbling of an unattached wood pigeon, warmed by gentle sunshine, were pleasant accompaniments to my morning’s dead heading project, and the Head Gardener’s general tidying. After lunch, Jackie raked up her herbicide weeding on the back drive and I picked up the piles and transferred them to a bin. AsContinue reading “Rather Nonchalant”

Avian Camouflage

This afternoon of an overcast day, slowly brightening with brief sunny periods we visited Ferndene Farm Shop to purchase salad items, eggs, and vegetables to accompany this evening’s second sitting of Jackie’s excellent cottage pie. These were carrots, cauliflower, and beans which would be cooked to perfection, and accompanied by Hoegaarden and more of theContinue reading “Avian Camouflage”

The Fox And Hare

On a sun-bright, but still chilly, breezy, morning we took a drive to the east of the forest. Jackie parked the Modus on the verge of Sowley Lane and decanted me and my camera. Ponies shared the broad verge pasturage with basking cattle, one of whom looked askance at me when I photographed her feet.Continue reading “The Fox And Hare”

Sunlight Playing The Forest

Despite the forecast of sunny spells today we were treated to clear cerulean skies and full sunshine throughout the day. As we set off early to Ferndene Farm shop I paused to admire Jackie’s planting of primulas and violas in front of the garage door trellis. This was the view from the car as IContinue reading “Sunlight Playing The Forest”

“So I Could Get A Photograph Like That”

By lunchtime today I had passed six more of Charles Keeping’s characteristic illustrations on my visit to ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. ‘Quilp’s Wharf’ is an accurate depiction of such Thames-side area of the period. ‘Richard Swiveller’s companion addressed him with great energy and earnestness of manner’ as we can see. ‘Here, then he sat, hisContinue reading ““So I Could Get A Photograph Like That””