Ali Baba

When I walked down the garden to open the back gate for Aaron this morning the early sun peeped over the eastern fence, its light licking the jeweling of last night’s rain still glittering on the plants. The bees were working away. Wedding Day festooning the Agriframes Arch approved of the Penny Lane bouquet adorningContinue reading “Ali Baba”

Spilt Milk

Once again the sunniest part of the day was this morning. I am happy to say that the fault on our landline was successfully repaired while I stayed near the phone and Jackie continued weeding and planting. Nugget and Lady were both in attendance, but his new partner tweeted that she was not ready forContinue reading “Spilt Milk”

Pilley Pool Replenished

Slate grey skies; gloomy light; steady rain. These were the weather conditions during our drive into the forest this morning. Just outside Lymington we were delayed by a warning of witches’ hats strung out round a bend in the lane, no doubt having been abandoned after Halloween. A couple of cows cropped the grass atContinue reading “Pilley Pool Replenished”

Don’t Fence Me In

On a bright afternoon of sunshine and showers Jackie and I took a spin in the forest. Various flocks of birds in different locations skimmed the clouds in the changing skies, taking rests atop the naked trees. Cattle in a field alongside Bockhampton Road stood in a muddy, waterlogged field. As I watched one, withContinue reading “Don’t Fence Me In”

The Head Of The Queue

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This afternoon Jackie and I transported to Oakhaven Hospice Charity Shop in New Milton several boxes of kitchen equipment rendered surplus to our requirements after the installation of the new kitchen. We then ordered a quotation for recovering our Chesterfield sofa from Jem Fabrics. A driveContinue reading “The Head Of The Queue”

None So Brazen

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Autumn tidying in the garden produced enough clippings to warrant a trip to the Efford Recycling Centre. In exchange for two bags of these and £4 we returned with four firm chair cushions for raising the front passenger seat, and a plinth for the owl in theContinue reading “None So Brazen”

“Don’t Get Me In Your Picture”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Our friend Sheila Knight died last week. She had been ill for some time. We will be unable to attend the funeral, but I had been asked to write a tribute. I did so this morning and e-mailed it. It will be entered in a book andContinue reading ““Don’t Get Me In Your Picture””

Careless Mother

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. A rare glimpse of the sun this morning reminded me that I had neglected to offer any photographs of the front garden in yesterday’s post. These are the flowers fronting the garage doors. I am sure that the Head Gardener would wish to have it pointed outContinue reading “Careless Mother”

Joints Not Yet Stiffened

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. After the usual weeding and tidying in the garden, Jackie drove us out into the forest, where we eventually lunched at Hockey’s Farm in South Gorley. We travelled via Nomansland where I communed with a disinterested group of ponies cropping the grass beside a recumbent foal. OneContinue reading “Joints Not Yet Stiffened”

Road Blocks

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning Jackie drove us with our friends Jessie and Claire out into the forest. Unfortunately this took rather longer than anticipated because even the narrow lanes suffered under the burden of far more traffic than usual. Our environment was the venue for a major cycling event,Continue reading “Road Blocks”