A Clean Sweep

This morning Jackie took a broom to the garden windows while I took a trip back in time to scan the last few colour slides from West Norwood Cemetery produced in May 2008. The third of these mausoleums is a longer view of the Augustus Ralli Mortuary Chapel first featured in “Spume” of March 10thContinue reading “A Clean Sweep”

On His Knees

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING ON THEM. A CLICK ON ANY IN A GROUP ACCESSES A GALLERY. VIEWING FULL SIZE IS FACILITATED BY SCROLLING DOWN ITS PAGE AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT.   Richard was still working when Jackie and I went out for our meal last night. Using a scribing block,Continue reading “On His Knees”

Going For A Drink

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY Late in the morning, Shelly and Ron paid us a visit. After our usual enjoyable conversation we all drove to Otter Garden Centre where we brunched. As we each went our separate ways, Jackie drove me in what developed into a circular routeContinue reading “Going For A Drink”

An English Country House

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Yesterday I featured a porcelain restoration class held at Fulbeck Hall. http://www.visitoruk.com/Grantham/fulbeck-hall-C567-AT215.html tells us that ‘Fulbeck Hall is a fine country house dating from the early 17th-century, but largely rebuilt in 1733 by Francis Fane whose family had lived there since 1632. The house, now a GradeContinue reading “An English Country House”

A Touch Of Sea Air

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. On a bright and sunny morning Jackie drove us out to Flexford Bridge to survey the scene that had been waterlogged on our last visit. These muddy-looking snowdrops had been struggling to keep their heads above water then. BanksContinue reading “A Touch Of Sea Air”

From Antiques To Ancestors

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Recently, Barry and Owen Chislett-Bruce, of New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs, cleaned out our chimney and removed the wood-burning stove in order for us to enjoy an open fire next time we run out of oil. Barry recommendedContinue reading “From Antiques To Ancestors”

Not Much Happening In Lymington

We managed to mess up our clock today. It was losing a minute or two a day so we decided to adjust it. After we had done so we had great difficulty in gettingĀ the pendulum back in. When we did, the clock stopped. We calmed down. Eventually. And this afternoon took it back to MartinContinue reading “Not Much Happening In Lymington”

Santa’s Little Helper

When Aaron, continuing his work on the bathroom, engaged Jackie and me in a debate about whether or not he should paint both sides of the bathroom door, he observed that he loved a difference of opinion. Jackie said he could do what he liked – the other side of the door will be paintedContinue reading “Santa’s Little Helper”


Today Jackie and I almost finished working on the boundary mentioned yesterday. She worked on planting in various parts of the area around the house, in particular the blue painted butler sinks, which she did a grand job of disguising. My task was to continue trimming the invaders from next door. Jackie helped me toContinue reading “Transformation”