Emerging From The Gloom

This morning the temperature plummeted, as did rain until after lunch, when the overcast skies brightened and the wind speed escalated, for the rest of the day, to 40+ m.p.h. We drove early to Ferndene Farm Shop to buy three bags of compost, a splendid, tall, lingularia; lettuce and other salad ingredients, before a shortContinue reading “Emerging From The Gloom”

A Hole In The Hedge.

Danni has e-mailed me two more photographs from yesterday’s visit. They were engrossed in one activity or another. Note the tiptoes. This morning’s steady rain made way for an afternoon of bright sunshine prompting us to drive to the north of the forest, via South Sway Lane where our friendly equine henceforth, in recognition ofContinue reading “A Hole In The Hedge.”

Their Hay Day

Today was dull and dry. This morning Jackie photographed a great tit in the garden. After lunch she drove us to Helen and Bill’s home in Fordingbridge. My sister-in-law was returning two grandchildren to their parents; we stayed chatting with Bill for a while and drank his coffee. We left birthday presents for Helen, then tookContinue reading “Their Hay Day”

Coastal Canine Capers

Lured into a clifftop car park at Milford on Sea by the prospect of watching choppy seas crashing against The Needles. We were on our way to the pharmacy to collect a repeat prescription. The parking tarmac was liberally strewn with shingle thrown up from the shore below; spray surged over the sea wall. DogContinue reading “Coastal Canine Capers”

Ripples And Reflections

On another afternoon of heavy rain we took a drive into the forest. Over Lymington Road the sun attempted unsuccessfully to penetrate the brimming cloud canopy. The oak in the third picture has been remodelled by the sea air. The highest groping fingers never bear leaves. Almost the only wildlife we saw while the rainContinue reading “Ripples And Reflections”

“Let’s Go Play With The Traffic”

Yesterday evening we watched the first episode of The Crown Series 2. The morning began with suggestions of blue sky when Jackie popped out to photograph our new OLD POST HOUSE sign given to us for Christmas by Shelly and Ron, and fixed to the back gate by Aaron on Sunday. While she was downContinue reading ““Let’s Go Play With The Traffic””

View From The Pillbox

The briefest glimpse of the weak sun effecting a halo on the silhouetted lonely pigeon in the copper beech that Jackie photographed this morning was its only appearance on this otherwise grimly dismal day. She had left the house from the stable door in order to sweep beneath the wisteria arbour. Nugget, immediately perching onContinue reading “View From The Pillbox”

No Deep End

Late this morning Jackie drove me to Birchfield Dental Practice in New Milton for a routine check. Mr Hefferen pronounced no treatment required. We continued on to brunch at Hockey’s Farm Shop. There is always a bit of a wait there, but everything is cooked from scratch and is of very good quality. And weContinue reading “No Deep End”

Select Six

Much of the morning was spent trawling through twelve months of photographs, seeking a selection from several thousand of the New Forest from which to enter six images into the Everton Festival: three prints, and three electronic efforts. This was a daunting effort. How do you portray this particular forest? A pony portrait of courseContinue reading “Select Six”

“Let’s Scarper”

This afternoon we drove to Mudeford where marauding gulls hadn’t yet given up scavenging from a fishing boat that had unloaded its catch. In an attempt to secure a better angle for photographing them I perched on the lip of a large container. What I hadn’t realised was that I would tip over onto theContinue reading ““Let’s Scarper””