Older Than We Had Thought

Our brother-in-law Ron Salinger sent me an e-mail yesterday alerting me to a mention of our house in the New Milton Advertiser. We therefore bought a copy from Ferndene Farm Shop, and continued into the forest on a much brighter, more sun-sparkly morning than the miserable looking afternoon featured more recently along Christchurch Road below.Continue reading “Older Than We Had Thought”

Spring Verges

Rain yesterday had prevented me from photographing Martin’s garden work. First he completed the tidying of the Back Drive. When our neighbours put up a new section of the fence between us the hook retaining our five barred gate disappeared. Martin fitted a new one, straightened the last of the line of bricks, removed refuseContinue reading “Spring Verges”

Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe

I spent the whole morning foiling a suspected banking scam. This involved several phone calls, listening to long stretches of Muzak, and struggling with a Scots accent on a bad line. Don’t ask. I couldn’t bear to go through it again. This afternoon I reeled up the Gazebo Path to join Jackie who had spentContinue reading “Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe”

Orlaigh And Her Rabbit – Er, Brother

Early this morning I received a FaceTime call from Malachi in Fremantle. Trying to keep up with an 11 year old who was playing Lexulous, chatting with both voice and text, and teaching me various applications simultaneously is testing indeed. All coming at a rate of knots, you understand. One application involved ‘effects’. These canContinue reading “Orlaigh And Her Rabbit – Er, Brother”

Meet Muggle

Weather-wise this was a gloomy, but largely dry, day which Jackie began by photographing her now completed work on preparing the New Bed for winter. Her lens also produced images of the stumpery; roses including Super Elfin still scaling the Gothic arch; Mum in a million, Absolutely Fabulous, and Just Joey gracing the Rose Garden;Continue reading “Meet Muggle”

The Path To Deadman Hill

The day before yesterday I finished reading being the final novel in the trilogy of the Larkin family, first featured in “Freak Of Fate” in which I described the first book; how I came by it; and the amazing coincidence of the address on the flyleaf, also borne by this Book Club edition published byContinue reading “The Path To Deadman Hill”

No Deep End

Late this morning Jackie drove me to Birchfield Dental Practice in New Milton for a routine check. Mr Hefferen pronounced no treatment required. We continued on to brunch at Hockey’s Farm Shop. There is always a bit of a wait there, but everything is cooked from scratch and is of very good quality. And weContinue reading “No Deep End”

Out Of Its Element

I began the day with a dead-heading session in the garden. The mystery of yesterday’s lost clematis was solved on this less sunny morning. Today there was no bright backlighting fooling us with the strong red hues, and even giving a green hue to the Gothic arch. The plant is in fact Star of India.Continue reading “Out Of Its Element”

Multiple Occupation

Although a little drier than expected, today remained largely overcast. Just before lunch Jackie took me on a tour of what she has achieved during the last few days in the garden. It struck me that I have never really shown the packed multiple occupation of our beds. While listening to the men’s Cricket WorldContinue reading “Multiple Occupation”