Relaxed Restrictions

Late yesterday afternoon, beginning with “Where’s Nugget?” (78), Jackie produced a series of photographs. She was fascinated by the hairy borage and a spiky caterpillar masquerading as a cactus. Clematis Star of India occupies the wisteria arbour through which is framed her favourite view of the garden. Left of centre, the Chilean lantern tree wasContinue reading “Relaxed Restrictions”

Jackie’s Photo Story

This afternoon, while I was focussing on scenes of destruction, Jackie was producing her own set of me in action. She began with my attention to the waves at Milton on Sea, and progressed to picturing my descent down the undulating soggy slopes into the woods for my own photoshoot.   Here is her takeContinue reading “Jackie’s Photo Story”

Scenes Of Devastation

We were promised further heavy winds today. They were postponed until tonight, which may explain why we saw no free roaming animals on our trip to the forest. On our way to the Milford pharmacy we stopped to watch the waves surging with spray and crashing on rocks as they practised for the races theyContinue reading “Scenes Of Devastation”

Arboreal Destruction

Precipitation of varying velocity and winds of unwavering ferocity beset the day. This morning we drove to the outskirts of Burley and back. It is not unusual to be held up by tree cutters carrying out routine arboreal management. This is perhaps more frequent at the moment, as the unrelenting recent series of storms haveContinue reading “Arboreal Destruction”

Sylvan Ecology

This morning we shopped at Setley Ridge Garden Centre for a birthday present,¬†and continued to Rhinefield Ornamental Drive where Jackie parked in Blackwater Car Park while I followed a group of younger walkers, who were soon out of sight, into the forest, which is strewn with arboreal detritus in various stages of contribution to theContinue reading “Sylvan Ecology”

“I’m Going To Get My Mum”

This morning Jackie ironed my last four shirts which is a double result: firstly I didn’t have to do it and secondly she does it better. The wind eased through the morning and the afternoon was bright and sunny for us to take a drive into the forest. Much water lay on the roads andContinue reading ““I’m Going To Get My Mum””

A Cervine Spectre

Jackie was up in the dark this morning, in time to photograph our first smattering of snow before the rain washed it away. This afternoon we drove to Crestwood in Lymington to complete the paperwork and pay a deposit on our new sitting room flooring which will be laid after Christmas. We continued on toContinue reading “A Cervine Spectre”

Whispering Leaves

The light today was bright; the skies clear; and the temperature cold. This morning we drove into the forest via   Holmsley Passage, with its splendid autumn colour burnishing both woodland trees and bracken-carpeted moorland. The moon, not yet having retired, nestled in the crook between two sunlit tree. Golfers in their retirement putted ballsContinue reading “Whispering Leaves”

Wetter Than Expected

My plan this morning was to walk along Bisterne Close for half an hour after which Jackie, having dropped me at one end, would follow and pick me up. In gloomy morning light and light drizzle we set off. The War Memorial in Everton Road, Hordle, had been prepared for tomorrow’s Armistice Day. The commemorativeContinue reading “Wetter Than Expected”

We Thought It Best To Pull Over

Leaving the others asleep in their pits early this morning, Jackie and I took a drive into the forest in the vicinity of Burley. Bluebells are cropping up on all the verges. As I disembarked to photograph a stream and its reflections, a mallard shot under the bridge at a rate of knots leaving itsContinue reading “We Thought It Best To Pull Over”