Thatching

At least our winter flowering cherry was happy with another dreary, yet wet, day. Last night Louisa asked me to send pictures of her lifelong friend Gemma, who will be 40 tomorrow. I sent her three, of which this is one from my daughter’s birthday party of May 1993. Three days ago ‘we began withContinue reading “Thatching”

Rippling Railings

Martin P spent the morning starting on the plastering left from our recent refurbishments. He will complete the job the day after tomorrow. On another cold, bright, afternoon we took a trip to Ferndene Farm Shop to stock up on vegetables, then continued into the forest. Jackie parked alongside the high point of Braggers Lane.Continue reading “Rippling Railings”

Soggy Sustenance

On a mizzly murky morning we drove to Lymington for a few final present purchases. The window of the Oakhaven Children’s Charity Shop in the High Street and the front green of the Church of St Thomas and All Angels both bore Nativity scenes, while the latter contained a bed of remembrance poppies beside thoseContinue reading “Soggy Sustenance”

Patent Love

Our neighbour, Gordon, who lives in Old Rode House, Downton Lane this morning gave us this typed version of an article from The Mansfield and Sutton Times of 29th June 1928: The highlighted paragraph is the one that specifically features our little hamlet, and is, incidentally evidence that our house was certainly built before theContinue reading “Patent Love”

“We Would Have Driven Past”

Following a suggestion by Yvette Prior, I spent the morning changing the categories of my “A Knight’s Tale” series of posts. They are now categorised as A Knight’s Tale, thus giving readers who may wish to view earlier episodes easier access. The first three also contain my diary entries for their days. I have stillContinue reading ““We Would Have Driven Past””

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”