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?”

Spotted Speckled Wood

Today we begin with this gallery of Jackie’s photographs of me photographing yesterday’s ponies and Ogdens North. When leaving Brockenhurst on a forest drive we normally pass a small area of woodland. This morning I spied a pony through the trees, so Jackie parked and I followed the wildlife. Birds sang in the taller trees;Continue reading “Spotted Speckled Wood”

Foxglove And Twinkle

Early this bright, sunny, and cool day we drove out to Pilley to deliver a letter to Elizabeth. I popped it into her letter box and we continued on our way. I have a couple of times before featured the horse and pony occupying the garden of Jordan’s Cottage on the corner of Bull andContinue reading “Foxglove And Twinkle”

“Go Round Us”

This morning we righted the fallen pots in the garden before visiting Ferndene Farm Shop where Jackie joined the masked queue. I have her word that she was smiling in the last picture. The shopping went quite smoothly. Afterwards we took a drive into the forest by way of Holmsley Passage which was already becomingContinue reading ““Go Round Us””

More Water For The Animals

Early yesterday evening Jackie drove us to Darbar Indian restaurant in Emsworth where we joined Becky and Ian in celebration of our daughter’s 50th birthday. Catching up after six months in lockdown was remarkably easy – we just dropped into delightful conversation over excellent food with attentive service. We shared poppadoms, onion bahjis, three differentContinue reading “More Water For The Animals”

Girls Also Need Sticks

This morning I almost completed my draft of tomorrow’s scheduled post. This afternoon Jackie drove me to Rans Wood where I walked for 35 minutes. The wood lies at the end of Furzey Lodge which is a continuation of Furzey Lane near Beaulieu. First we needed to negotiate our way through the narrow lodge laneContinue reading “Girls Also Need Sticks”

Playing With The Big Girls

On a bright, sunny, and warm morning we took a trip to Everton Nurseries were there was no queue and Jackie was able to buy the elusive trailing petunias. The young man collecting up the discarded trolleys sanitised the handles of every one. It was perhaps no coincidence that he was tall enough to haveContinue reading “Playing With The Big Girls”