Unicorn Piñata

‘A piñata (/pɪnˈjɑːtə/, Spanish pronunciation: [piˈɲata] (listen)) is a container, often made of papier-mâché, pottery, or cloth, that is decorated, filled with candy, and then broken as part of a celebration. Piñatas are commonly associated with Mexico. The idea of breaking a container filled with treats came to Europe in the 14th century, where the name, from the Italianpignatta, was introduced. The Spanish brought theContinue reading “Unicorn Piñata”

Sampling A Dandelion

Early this morning Jackie hoovered the house and I swept the garden paths. Barry and Karen visited us later, when we enjoyed coffee, cake, and convivial conversation. “A wobble” has become Jackie’s term for a forest photo foray. It may have something to do with my gait. We went on one this afternoon. As weContinue reading “Sampling A Dandelion”

Out In Force Today

Jackie cut my hair this morning. She grabbed my Covid locks and trimmed them down to size. And here was I wishing to turn the clock back. Contrary to expectations today, albeit several degrees cooler, was, from midday, bright and sunny. We drove to Otter Nurseries to buy some primroses, including a pot for Elizabeth,Continue reading “Out In Force Today”

All My Ducks In A Row

On a bright, fresh, and crisp morning we took a drive into the forest. Slanting sunshine set the thawing frost glistening and lengthened shadows. We tried a visit to Tanner’s Lane. This meant driving between rows of parked vehicles with no turning space. I walked while Jackie turned back. We had imagined this little hiddenContinue reading “All My Ducks In A Row”

Lymington River

Late this afternoon we took a drive into the forest. The deciduous trees shielding Sway Tower from South Sway Lane are turning chestnut brown. Jackie parked beside Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst on a verge beside which an exhaust box kept pace with the turning of fallen oak leaves. From there I walked along the undulating banksContinue reading “Lymington River”

Picnicking

Even at 8.30 this morning garden watering was shirt-soaking weather without having gone anywhere near the sprinkler. I also produced a few photographs. Jackie said I made life difficult for myself with the camera slung round my neck. As usual, the gallery can be accessed by clicking on any image, each of which may beContinue reading “Picnicking”

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”