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””

She Brought A Friend

This afternoon we visited Milford Pharmacy. Scaffolding was being erected in Island View Close; while bowls matches were under way at Milford Bowls Club, where an appropriate weather vane stands atop their flagpole. Perhaps a Southampton F. C. supporter lost his hat outside the club. We then drove to Pilley for the purpose of continuingContinue reading “She Brought A Friend”

Blue Haze

Jackie managed to squeeze herself into a ball to sit on her kneeling stool underneath the red Japanese maple this morning in order to dig out clumps of allium triquentrums. Don’t be deceived by the visible sunlight. I was, and went to visit Mum without a jacket. It was cold. My mother had quite someContinue reading “Blue Haze”

The Fox And Hare

On a sun-bright, but still chilly, breezy, morning we took a drive to the east of the forest. Jackie parked the Modus on the verge of Sowley Lane and decanted me and my camera. Ponies shared the broad verge pasturage with basking cattle, one of whom looked askance at me when I photographed her feet.Continue reading “The Fox And Hare”

Home For Dinner?

In my post ‘Not Done With Pickwick’ I featured Frank Reynolds’s colour plates from Hodder & Stoughton’s publication. For a similar reason I scanned a batch of this artist’s work on ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. My copy is the limited edition of 1913, signed by the artist: No. 112 of 350. This is not whatContinue reading “Home For Dinner?”

A Tryst

Today I scanned Charles Keeping’s next seven illustrations to ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ by Charles Dickens. ‘ ‘Go, sir,’ returned Dick, leaning against a post and waving his hand’. He is quite clearly drunk. ‘The boy threw his wasted arms around the schoolmaster’s neck’ is a typically tender scene. ‘They drew up there for theContinue reading “A Tryst”

“He’s Escaped Pannage”

On another wet and gloomy morning we drove to Setley Ridge Garden Centre to buy a present for Helen, whose birthday it is today. Is there anything more dismal than a popular garden centre, normally thriving at weekends, to have hidden this sign beneath an empty display unit? Having done their best to beat Covid-19Continue reading ““He’s Escaped Pannage””