A Vehicular Stand-off

A week or so ago I searched for a phone ringing to my right. I went through jacket pockets, opened cupboards etc – all to no avail. A while later the same thing happened. Jackie picked up the phone to my left which I thought had been silent. It was then I realised that theContinue reading “A Vehicular Stand-off”

Summer Holidays In The Woods

In an effort to avoid the holiday traffic and the intensely hot sapping humidity of the day we set off for a forest drive at 8 a.m. Beside Ober Water which passes under Rhinefield Road ponies quietly grazed, cattle strode purposefully, cyclists and cars sped along; sunshine dappled the woodland, reflecting trees and skies onContinue reading “Summer Holidays In The Woods”

The Toughest Test Yet

Yesterday’s rain had desisted and sun was permitted the occasional appearance when we took a drive into the forest this afternoon. A pony and foal had peeled off a group on Wootton Common alongside Holmsley Road. They held up the traffic on the opposite verge, until the mare abandoned the youngster who took some timeContinue reading “The Toughest Test Yet”

A Modern Day Drove

Beneath cloudless cerulean skies we took an early drive into the forest this morning. A cool breeze blew along sun-dappled lanes like these named Rodlease and Church. At a corner of the latter a tractor ploughed a field some distance from a couple of grazing workhorses within view of adjacent woodland. Along the road toContinue reading “A Modern Day Drove”

“Three!?”

Needless to say, the BT e-mail problem that, four days ago, I had been promised would be resolved within 72 hours was not. I therefore spent an hour on the phone this morning, first with an advisor in Belfast, then with one in Cardiff. I won’t bore you with the details, save to say thatContinue reading ““Three!?””

Lacework

Early this morning Jackie ventured into the garden with her camera to sweep some cobwebs. Lingering raindrops reveal the arachnid lacework and the length of their funambulist ropes. The Assistant Photographer also photographed colourful coreopsis in Margery’s Bed; vibrant Virginia creeper draping the Westbrook Arbour; and the moisture-laden Rose Garden with its backcloth of mist.Continue reading “Lacework”

They Have To Grow Into Their Legs.

This morning, in preparation for an early morning tutorial telephone conversation with a WordPress Happiness Engineer, I drafted a post on the further subject of our August 2000 Isle of Wight holiday. I will publish it after it has been polished up. This afternoon Jackie drove me to Wessex Photographic in Lymington where I wasContinue reading “They Have To Grow Into Their Legs.”

Fly Masks

I didn’t think I could face the tension of listening to ball by ball broadcasting of the last day of the first Ashes Test match of 2019, so I suggested a trip out this morning and deferring cricket gratification until this evening’s highlights. Before leaving, Jackie photographed raindrops on spider’s webs and our porch planting.Continue reading “Fly Masks”

Clustered Together

The rain having subsided this morning, Nugget emerged from his wet-day quarters to assist Jackie in thinning out the Oval Bed. As the Head Gardener clipped away at spent stems and leaves her little friend entomophagous friend, eyes everywhere, pounced with deadly aim on disturbed insects. After lunch, I retouched the last three of myContinue reading “Clustered Together”