Passport Photographs

At midday Jackie drove us to Hockey’s Farm shop for an excellent brunch and to reintroduce Flo to the north of the forest. Ponies at Ibsley and mossy rooted trees were reflected in the pool that covers waterlogged terrain. Before eating we introduced our granddaughter to Hockey’s humorous alpacas lining up for their passport photographsContinue reading “Passport Photographs”

Venison, Chicken, Swans, Ducks, Geese

Jackie cut my hair after lunch. Then we enjoyed a late afternoon forest drive. Swans, casting long shadows, with a group of mallards, which took to flight upon my arrival, wandered across the sward at Beaulieu River. At East End a donkey and foal clipped a hedge, while a burnished pony watched the traffic passingContinue reading “Venison, Chicken, Swans, Ducks, Geese”

Crossing The Stream

This afternoon we drove to Pilley where we collected Elizabeth to take her on a photographic trip to the north of the forest and return to our home for dinner. As I stepped out of the car to photograph ponies in a stream at Ibsley I noticed a gentleman with the same aim in mind.Continue reading “Crossing The Stream”

Woodland Sunset

At midday Ronan of Tom Sutton Heating visited to make further planned adjustments to our central heating system. Having, in sharp contrast to yesterday’s constant mist, enjoyed a cloudless blue sky with bright sunshine throughout, after a shopping trip to Ferndene Farm Shop, we took a drive into the forest. I was not the onlyContinue reading “Woodland Sunset”

More Normal Weather For January

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/01/04/a-knights-tale-88-the-firing-squad/ Either side of lunch we cleared most of the various items blocking the areas that Martin P is to start plastering tomorrow. Afterwards we drove to Fordingbridge to deliver a backpack left behind by Stephanie on Boxing Day. We took a leisurely route through the forest. Ponies grazed on theContinue reading “More Normal Weather For January”

Time For A Woodland Drive

Early this morning Richard and Al of Kitchen Makers visited to cut the bottom off the new inner door and return it to its position. They brought a trestle in order to measure and cut the door in the front garden. Before they put back the door, they carried the long case clock into theContinue reading “Time For A Woodland Drive”

Burnt Out

This morning I scanned three more of Charles Keeping’s excellent illustrations to ‘Our Mutual Friend’. ‘Conveniently elevated above the level of the living, were the dead’ ‘Tippins the divine’ The artist’s inspired evocation of Dickens’s ‘The whole metropolis was a heap of vapour charged with muffled sound of wheels’ prompted me to post https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/11/a-knights-tale-32-the-great-smog/ OnContinue reading “Burnt Out”

Seeking The Shot

A chill wind belied the sunny periods today. This morning Jackie continued with her general garden maintenance, including pruning, while I dug more weeds out of the Gazebo path gravel. I can just about manage this for half an hour, but imagine the exercise is doing me good. Crouching is now possible; it is risingContinue reading “Seeking The Shot”

Cat And Mouse

Last night the full moon cast a spectral spell upon the garden. Early this morning we drove Elizabeth to Lymington Hospital for a routine procedure and collected her later after we had taken a short trip into the forest. Unlike yesterday, today was largely overcast and consequently somewhat warmer. This was the sky above theContinue reading “Cat And Mouse”

Honey Lane Deer

This morning we paid a visit to Ferndene Farm Shop, purchased three bags of compost, eggs, and salad items, then continued on a forest drive. We turned off Pound Lane on the approach to Burley, where Jackie parked beside the entrance to Honey Lane in order for me to test my knees on uncompromising terrain.Continue reading “Honey Lane Deer”