The Final Stage

1st April 2014 Ian stayed over again last night in order to help us today. Some of what had not been fitted into the van spent the night in our prospective son-ion-law’s car. The rest stayed in the Castle Malwood Lodge garage for collection this morning when we let the cleaners in. I was upContinue reading “The Final Stage”

Mum’s Ring

After a little more packing this morning we drove over to Shelly and Ron’s in Walkford to unload some of it for storage in their home before we move. Just around the corner from Jackie’s sister and brother-in-law, the ashes of her much-loved mother lie buried in  Woodland Burial Ground. The Walkford site is oneContinue reading “Mum’s Ring”

A Somewhat Abortive Trip

Soon after dawn the strong sun we were to enjoy in a clear blue sky for the rest of today drew up enough moisture from the soggy forest virtually to obscure it from our dining room windows. Later I walked down to the village shop for stamps, diverting to give Alan, whose work of yesterdayContinue reading “A Somewhat Abortive Trip”

Averting A Disaster

Daffodil buds Jackie bought at Ferndene Farm Shop opened out beautifully overnight, and looked resplendent in the morning sunshine. The Belleek vase was given to us by Elizabeth  a couple of Christmases ago. As one of the television commentators on the England versus Wales rugby match said this afternoon: ‘the sky couldn’t be bluer’. AsContinue reading “Averting A Disaster”

Sold By Spencers Of The New Forest

On a glorious spring morning Jackie drove us to Ferndene Farm Shop in Bashley Cross Road. The ground is drying up and many pools on the roads and heathland receding. I have before photographed the shelves inside this shop which has the best produce of its kind I have sampled. The produce outside would graceContinue reading “Sold By Spencers Of The New Forest”

Confusing Exchange

Here is one I made earlier. I forgot to post this Upper Drive shot yesterday. Trees in the New Forest don’t just fall down. They grow into all kinds of unusual shapes, such as this one forming a perfect arch through which one can glimpse the A31. Last night I began reading Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novelContinue reading “Confusing Exchange”

Junk From George Osborne

This morning I finished ‘Wordsworth, A Life’ by Juliet Barker.  That was essential because otherwise I would have had to weigh down my hand luggage with it on the plane to France tomorrow.  The book comprises 971 pages of very small print for this modern age.  Maybe the font size was chosen in order toContinue reading “Junk From George Osborne”

Printing Mottisfont Trout

Spring continues to be thrust aside by its hoary old relative.  Why winter has been unable to enjoy an easy third age on the lecture circuit is a mystery to us all, except perhaps Michael Fish, the weatherman who infamously dismissed reports of the Great Storm of 1987.  A solitary daffodil manages to defy theContinue reading “Printing Mottisfont Trout”

It Was Christmas Day In Islington

Before I was reunited with Jackie, my life was much simpler.  My belongings were only in three different places.  In particular, clothes, books, other personal items, and the furnishing for one room resided in The Firs.  The idea was that I would spend half my time there and half in my house in Sigoules inContinue reading “It Was Christmas Day In Islington”

Carry On Walking

It was such a glorious day that we decided to set off early to find some of the wonderful locations we had stumbled on yesterday.  Jackie drove me as far as Deadman Hill on Roger Penny Way, with an agreement to meet in Frogham carpark after two hours.  Shortly before I reached Ashley Walk onContinue reading “Carry On Walking”