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”

Say “Bye”

I woke later than usual this morning. As I passed our upstairs windows soon after 7 a.m. I spied Jackie standing with a camera at the far end of the garden. She was taking advantage of the early morning light, which was just as well for the first three images in particular. Titles, as usual,Continue reading “Say “Bye””

Round The Bend

This morning Dale from Crestwood visited and measured up for the new flooring in the sitting room. This friendly, personable, gentleman received knee replacements shortly before me and is back to carpet fitting, which is encouraging. When we discussed dates and I mentioned that we were very flexible, a snort-guffaw ensued from Ian. Mr andContinue reading “Round The Bend”

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”

On Eyeworth Pond

Much of this very hot day was taken up with dead heading and watering. Soon after 4 p.m. Jackie drove us to Eyeworth Pond and back. At this time, ponies and cattle, although they did emerge later, made use of what shade they could find. These were spotted en route to Fritham, where other cattleContinue reading “On Eyeworth Pond”

The Fascinator

This morning Jackie drove me to New Milton where I bought a pair of sandals and delivered some dry cleaning. We then continued into the forest for a short trip giving us time to return home for a FaceTime date with Sam and Malachi. Our first tail-twitching ponies were encountered alongside Holmsley Passage, where, pausingContinue reading “The Fascinator”

Please Don’t Mention It

This picture was one of Jackie’s favourites for the competition which didn’t make the final cut. I therefore used it in a card for her birthday tomorrow. Don’t worry, she won’t have an advance viewing because she reads the blog posts first thing in the morning. After lunch, while Jackie continued planting up her myriadContinue reading “Please Don’t Mention It”

“Welcome To The World Of Flies”

Now I am going to throw a spanner in the works of selection. I have just remembered ‘The Drift’, the second half of which post contains a number of pictures which must be included. It is such a unique New Forest event. I don’t wish to impose more work on my readers, but any commentsContinue reading ““Welcome To The World Of Flies””

Close Encounter Of The Canine Kind

Despite the bright sunny morning there was a distinct chill in the air as we set off for a drive into the forest. Field horses at South Sway Lane, in view of Sway Tower, demonstrated contradictory protective needs now that flies are beginning to appear in the daytime, yet the nights remain cold. The bayContinue reading “Close Encounter Of The Canine Kind”