The Sound Of Tearing Grass

Humid, leaden, weather continued today, although there was no threat of rain. After a dozy morning I attempted to join Jackie in the garden. I bagged up one set of refuse before realising that this was far too optimistic following the night that had just sapped my energy. The Head Gardener finished her planting, thenContinue reading “The Sound Of Tearing Grass”

A Negative Tattoo

The day dawned dull yet dry; the air cool and cheerless. Nevertheless Compassion rose, its neighbouring geranium palmatum; rose Penny Lane and her accompanying clematis Dr Ruppel flourished well enough as I made my way into the garden to gather up clippings from the Head Gardener’s morning graft. After lunch I carried out an extensiveContinue reading “A Negative Tattoo”

‘Why Do Swans Have Such Long Necks?’

On another darkly dank afternoon, after visiting Milford on Sea Pharmacy we returned home via Keyhaven. From Saltgrass Lane we watched geese, gulls, and other waterfowl fishing, flying, and floating fast on the tidal current. The colour picture in the first gallery and the first two in the next are Jackie’s. Walkers, dogs, and cyclistsContinue reading “‘Why Do Swans Have Such Long Necks?’”

Proliferated In The Last Month

On this fine spring morning we took a trip to Mudeford. Gulls lined up to welcome us as Jackie drove towards the quay. A pair of serene cygnets sailed across the calm harbour, while a hunched egret tried to pass itself off as a gull. Currents meeting on the open sea created spray-tipped turbulence towardsContinue reading “Proliferated In The Last Month”

Topiary Training

It was shortly after dawn on this overcast morning when Jackie set out to drive me through the gloom to New Hall hospital for a follow-up appointment with Mr Kask, my knee surgeon.  Apparently walking on the undulating forest terrain is not affording me enough flexibility in the operated knee. I either need to useContinue reading “Topiary Training”

Our First Cygnets

INDIVIDUAL IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESSES THEIR GALLERY, MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Squeezing my left leg into the car, for a drive into the forest on this very dull day,Continue reading “Our First Cygnets”

Head To Head

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY A patch of mostly dull and cold weather is giving me ample reasons for continuing with the scanning of the negatives of the long walk of the rather hot July of 2003. Today we are again back on the River Thames in SouthContinue reading “Head To Head”

Watching The Swans

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning I scanned the next dozen of my Streets of London colour slides, but had no time to write them up before Elizabeth arrived for lunch and the rest of the day. As I wrote yesterday, there is always tomorrow. After lunch, the three of usContinue reading “Watching The Swans”

Snaffled By A Swan

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Playing Bookworm with Malachi commenced at 6.30 a.m. today. Thus the morning was whiled away. This afternoon Jackie drove me and the children to Hatchet Pond to feed the birds on prawn crackers. We just had time to disembark from the car before the sky darkened, severeContinue reading “Snaffled By A Swan”

A Little Help From My Friends

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Today dawned dull and dry, so Jackie and I took an early drive to Keyhaven harbour and ambled along the sea wall. Many boats were peacefully moored after the recent gales, although one looked a bit of a wreck. ExceptContinue reading “A Little Help From My Friends”