Behind The Scenes

I began another gloomy-looking day by printing a batch of photographs for my sister, Jacqueline, including this one of her son, my nephew James and his son Shay at Michael and Heidi’s wedding on 5th October 1991. Our blogging friend Carolyn began a comment on “Her Autumn Garden” with a poem which I printed forContinue reading “Behind The Scenes”

An Arboreal Ossuary

This morning Jackie continued with her general maintenance work, including autumn cleaning the greenhouse, and clearing and resetting paths such as the Head Gardener’s Walk. My minimal intervention was the removal of brambles invading from No. 5 Downton Lane. This, and the amount of weeds piercing the gravel is somewhat reminiscent of our arrival hereContinue reading “An Arboreal Ossuary”

An Arboreal Charnel House

Although still breezy and somewhat nippy, our morning’s weather was much brighter. Accompanied by chirruping small birds, the screeching of the greenfinch, the cooing of doves, the repeated mating plea of a wood pigeon, and the gentle buzzing of the bees, Jackie continued her various plantings such as those in tubs, stone urns, box containersContinue reading “An Arboreal Charnel House”

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”

Slow For Ponies

Today the weather was sun-bright-clear-chilly-cold. We began by purchasing vegetables at Ferndene Farm Shop, then drove into the forest by way of Beckley Common Road where Jackie parked, a jogger passed, and I pictured the surrounding woodland where the harsh squawking of disturbed pheasants interrupted the melodic birdsong. The next parking spot was a lay-byContinue reading “Slow For Ponies”

Sampling A Dandelion

Early this morning Jackie hoovered the house and I swept the garden paths. Barry and Karen visited us later, when we enjoyed coffee, cake, and convivial conversation. “A wobble” has become Jackie’s term for a forest photo foray. It may have something to do with my gait. We went on one this afternoon. As weContinue reading “Sampling A Dandelion”

Ecological Contributions

Mum was on very good form when we visited her at Woodpeckers at midday. Her thoughts and stories flowed and her hearing and sight were not too bad. We could forgive her for repeating some tales. Her one and only flight to Jersey with Jacqueline some years ago was a new one. From Brockenhurst weContinue reading “Ecological Contributions”

Sylvan Ecology

This morning we visited Lidl for a big shop. The Caterer in Chief donned a mask, entered the supermarket, and returned with a trolley load of goods while I sat in the car and read until it was time for me to assist with loading the purchases into the boot. When we arrived home IContinue reading “Sylvan Ecology”

Rolling Over And Thinking About It

This morning I watched the Channel 4 broadcast from Ahmedabad of the last rites of the English Cricket tour of India. Soon after lunch we visited the pharmacy at Milford on Sea, then drove into the forest. At Norleywood Car Park we found I was not the only person interested in photographing the wild life.Continue reading “Rolling Over And Thinking About It”

Defying Gravity

A leaden canopy stretched over our skies throughout the albeit warmer day. During my running days I would often allow the flow of traffic to determine my route. Nowadays it is sometimes the flow of ponies. So it was this afternoon. There wasn’t much point in staying in the Modus as an equine quartet idledContinue reading “Defying Gravity”