The Donkeys Didn’t Fancy It

After lunch Jackie drove us to Helen and Bill’s home at Fordingbridge to drop off a present. Attracted by a couple of large mushrooms on the verges at I disembarked and wandered along photographing, in addition, bracken nestling beside an oak trunk, and lichen attached to fallen twigs on the forest floor and decorating anotherContinue reading “The Donkeys Didn’t Fancy It”

A Very Thoughtful Gift

As Jessie left this morning to return home to Primrose Hill, Jackie and I drove to Elizabeth’s to wait for a Parcel Force delivery while she kept a hospital appointment. We took a minor diversion through the forest on our way home. Groups of pigs from the verges and the greens of Pilley converged onContinue reading “A Very Thoughtful Gift”

Photographing Forest Fauna

From late morning Jackie drove our visitors and me around the forest. De had walked down to the coast at Milford where we joined her. Jan photographed De seated beneath an umbrella, where their daughter was joined first by her father and then by her mother. Choppy waves threw up creamy spray before sliding upContinue reading “Photographing Forest Fauna”

Advancing In Our Direction

After lunch Elizabeth visited to discuss a few matters relating to Mum’s funeral. This included the choice of coffin and flowers. Later, I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/22/a-knights-tale-37-garrick-house/ This afternoon we took a drive into the forest. Jackie parked beside Charles’s Lane, and I stepped out to photograph the woodland scenes alongside. On one side of Gorley RoadContinue reading “Advancing In Our Direction”

The Next Generation

My sisters cleared Mum’s room in Woodpeckers today and will take her favourite clothes to the undertakers. I had removed the one object I would like yesterday. This, bearing my name on the back in our mother’s block capitals, was a pastel portrait I produced for her on the first anniversary of Dad’s death, 34Continue reading “The Next Generation”

Assessing Each Other

This was a mostly dismal, overcast, day which brightened up towards the end of our afternoon forest drive. Wheatfields are maturing along Lodge Lane, near Beaulieu; blackberries are burgeoning in the hedgerows; wildflowers such as cream and yellow linaria vulgaris, young ferns, and creeping ivies, mingle with exposed tree roots; log piles line the driveContinue reading “Assessing Each Other”

A Negative Tattoo

The day dawned dull yet dry; the air cool and cheerless. Nevertheless Compassion rose, its neighbouring geranium palmatum; rose Penny Lane and her accompanying clematis Dr Ruppel flourished well enough as I made my way into the garden to gather up clippings from the Head Gardener’s morning graft. After lunch I carried out an extensiveContinue reading “A Negative Tattoo”

More Equine Infants

A dull day brightened after lunch, when we visited Otter Nurseries to buy three more – the last – hanging baskets similar to the three Jackie had purchased this morning. We continued our drive into the forest, where adult asses trimmed the verges and, scratching when necessary, blocked the road at the bottom of BullContinue reading “More Equine Infants”

“Where’s Elizabeth?” (2)

Although the day became somewhat brighter and warmer as it progressed, it was really quite dull and cold until mid-afternoon. This morning we took a brief trip to Ferndene Farm Shop where the Head Gardener bought three more bags of compost and trays of bedding plants. This afternoon we carried out a Tesco shop inContinue reading ““Where’s Elizabeth?” (2)”

“He’s Just Found He’s Got Legs”

Yesterday evening I reached a point past nine more of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to “Nicholas Nickleby”. and scanned them today. Keeping depicts such movement in ‘The animals were no sooner released than they trotted back to the stable they had just left’. ‘A female bounced into the room, and seizing Mr Squeers by the throatContinue reading ““He’s Just Found He’s Got Legs””