A Tale Of Wasps

Eleanor is a good-tempered child who doesn’t normally make a fuss. It therefore came as a big surprise when, some time after the above picture was taken at yesterday’s barbecue, she let out a piercing yell and continued to cry. Jackie soon grasped what was wrong and provided the wherewithal to reduce the distress. ForContinue reading “A Tale Of Wasps”

Heucheraholics

After lunch I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/06/26/diary-of-a-good-neighbour/ Then Jackie and I visited Jools, Sean, and Pumpkin at where we engaged in enjoyable conversation, Jackie bought a plant, and I wandered freely with my camera. Afterwards we went on a foal hunt. Donkeys on Bull Hill were the first to oblige. It was only two days ago thatContinue reading “Heucheraholics”

How To Get Rid Of Dandelions

I began the last push on clearing the two rooms Nick is currently working on together at 4 a.m. this morning. These are the new sitting room and our bedroom upstairs. Our friendly decorator began prepping before Jackie and I took a mid-morning forest drive. A framed crocheted Queen welcomes visitors to St. Mark’s Church,Continue reading “How To Get Rid Of Dandelions”

A Hanging Out Nest

Jackie spent a hot, sunny, cloudless morning continuing her planting while I dead-headed poppies and roses and pulled up a few weeds. Flo joined us on a trip this afternoon beginning with a visit to Otter Nurseries for more plants, and continuing into the forest. Foxgloves lined the verges along Warborne Lane where a burrowContinue reading “A Hanging Out Nest”

From High Street To Forest Roads

This morning I received an e-mail containing photographs from my brother-in-law Ron Salinger from his Spanish holiday with Shelly. These featured a celebration of the victory of the Battle of Albuera, known as the bloodiest battle of the Peninsular War. Here is a link to the extensive Wikipedia entry on the event: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Albuera Afterwards, JackieContinue reading “From High Street To Forest Roads”

The House In The Wood

This afternoon Jackie, Flo, Elizabeth, and I visited The House in the Wood garden outside Beaulieu, under the National Gardens Scheme. The photographs can speak for themselves, although each one is titled in the gallery. Beside Hatchet Lane on our return home we encountered our first foals of the season: both donkeys, and ponies, oneContinue reading “The House In The Wood”

Whose Core?

After a visit to Ferndene Farm shop this morning Jackie drove me into the forest, where, as in Beckley Common Road, posts protecting verges along lanes are being planted to keep off the eagerly anticipated summer influx of visiting vehicles. Field horses along this road are already wearing their fly masks protecting eyes and earsContinue reading “Whose Core?”

A True Tale Of Love In Tonga

Last night I read ‘A True Tale of Love in Tonga’ by Robert Gibbings, and spent some time today scanning the dust jacket, the front and back boards; the Foreword; and the pages, which speak for themselves. Between bouts of scanning Jackie drove me into the forest, where I wandered among the gleaming golden gorseContinue reading “A True Tale Of Love In Tonga”