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””

Tracking Sunset

The day was still grimly dark by the time we left to deliver Elizabeth a tub of Jackie’s chicken and vegetable stewp. (Interested readers will note that I have changed my spelling from stoup, because stewp is what google recognises and who am I to argue?) Whenever the vehicle in front of us seems especiallyContinue reading “Tracking Sunset”

“He’s Not Going To Move His Lorry Any Time Soon”

This afternoon we followed a rather circuitous route to Ferndene Farm Shop where Jackie made some timely purchases without having to queue. At Neacroft a weak sun silhouetted trees and houses and lightly illuminated the lane beside which ducks scavenged before crossing to the other side. Did you spot the decoy? Moving on after waitingContinue reading ““He’s Not Going To Move His Lorry Any Time Soon””

Reflective Collars

Late this morning Barry, our chimney sweep and roofer, visited to look at our leaking kitchen roof. He is very busy but, a good friend, will fit us in as soon as he can. After lunch, with violent winds still blowing, we moved the now covered patio chairs to a more sheltered position beside theContinue reading “Reflective Collars”

What Now?

It was a pair of grey ponies at the crossroads that prompted me to ask my willing Chauffeuse to park beside the stream at Ibsley ford, where a story began to unfold. The greys, casting their shadows in the morning sunshine, were mirrored by a couple of cyclists engaging in a lengthy conversation before partingContinue reading “What Now?”