Necking

This afternoon we drove to Lymington to collect a prescription for Elizabeth and delivered it to her at her home in Pilley. Hairdressers have been unable to open since the beginning of the lockdown. It seemed to me that neither of the models decorating JW’s window in Rashley Mews was looking forward to the openingContinue reading “Necking”

Keeping Close To Mum

Winds in gusts nearer to 50 than to 40 m.p.h. and a largely overcast sky restricted today’s gardening, so this afternoon Jackie drove us into the forest. Sway is another local village honouring the front line care workers with a trail of painted stones. While I was photographing these a little boy emerged from theContinue reading “Keeping Close To Mum”

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”

Disaster Averted

More light rain overnight ceased early this morning. The day remained overcast and dry. This afternoon my Chauffeuse drove me into the forest where I wandered around Hatchet Moor for a while. From the car park I walked down to one of the arms of the lake and photographed two ponies and a foal onContinue reading “Disaster Averted”

More Young Life

Jackie spent the morning and part of the afternoon in the garden. Later she drove me into the forest for a short trip. Ponies cast their shadows on the sward beside Holmsley Road. One enjoyed a good scratch. Two mares suckled their foals. In the first picture the youngster is in the process of risingContinue reading “More Young Life”

“Turncoat”

The air this morning when we set about further post-storm garden recovery work hung humid and eerily still. Concentrating on the patio area and the sweet peas corner of the kitchen wall, Jackie trimmed the Lathyrus odoratus and extricated the strangled tomato plant. From less than polite expressions of intense disappointment yesterday when discovering brokenContinue reading ““Turncoat””

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”

The Long Jump

For the last few days we have been unable to control the smart aspect of our TV. This has meant we could only watch free to air live and nothing would record. James Peacock of Peacock Computers fixed the problem this morning. Intermittently I listened to England’s innings against New Zealand in the men’s CricketContinue reading “The Long Jump”

Their Own Internal Tide Table

The clouds today were largely overcast, although rain did not set in until we were returning from our trip. This was firstly to Lyndhurst where we brunched at the eponymous Tea House. From our window seat we watched a variety of visitors such as these older women seated on a bench with a view ofContinue reading “Their Own Internal Tide Table”

Forest Fauna Forage

Before breakfast this morning Gay and Mick toured the garden, where the light played with the eucalyptus bark. Later Gay sent me some of her photographs. After breakfast we led our inlaws on a search for New Forest wandering animals. Donkeys at East End were out in force. The last of these images was sentContinue reading “Forest Fauna Forage”