The Mist Did Not Desist

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning, the temperature having dropped ten degrees, we lit the fire. Barry the sweep has said he will expect to see smoke from the chimney when he drives by. Set against a misty, overcast, sky, he will perhaps have difficultyContinue reading “The Mist Did Not Desist”

Rasputin

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. Shed by trees and strewn around the garden’s beds and paths, last winter’s twigs would have filled a mattress. Those I gathered this afternoon certainly occupied the best part of one of our orange bags of ‘green’ refuse destined for the recycling centre. Father Christmas was generous with hose this year. Even so,Continue reading “Rasputin”

Father And Son

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Today work began on our fireplace. First Baz and Owen inspected the prospective purchase at Gordleton Barn, pronounced it suitable, and set about making ready for it. This is the doubtful D.I.Y. effort that started the day in ourContinue reading “Father And Son”

From Dawn To Dusk

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. The pale pastel pink and blue skies that Dawn ushered in this morning  showed a certain amount of promise. But she was only kidding. Within half an hour or so, she slid a slate canopy over our heads, andContinue reading “From Dawn To Dusk”

The Village That Died For D-Day

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning, Aaron and Sean cleared space for the anticipated greenhouse. Holly and Bay trees were cut back and Jackie’s old work corner dismantled. The sun danced over Jackie’s head as she contemplated the opening. This afternoon Jackie drove us to Tyneham in Dorset and back. NowContinue reading “The Village That Died For D-Day”

The Ship Inn

Today was warm and wet; for most of the time the leaden, overcast, weather didn’t even have the decency to be dramatic. Leaving Becky and Ian at Downton, Jackie drove us to The Ship Inn at Upavon where we met sister-in-law Frances, niece Fiona, her husband Paul, and great nephew, James, for lunch. Upavon isContinue reading “The Ship Inn”