Bumping Into Prince Philip

Early this morning, once again in steady rain, Jackie and I transported another Modus-load of soggy garden refuse to the Efford Recycling Centre, and continued on a damp forest drive. A pair of wet donkeys at East Boldre with little leaves adhering to their spiral-patterned hides hopefully raised their mournful heads as I disembarked toContinue reading “Bumping Into Prince Philip”

Keen To Chew Oak Cud

This afternoon I e-mailed a full set of yesterday’s dinner photographs to Becky. These included two more, not posted yesterday, of herself and Flo taken by Jackie; and of her daughter with her grandparents taken by our daughter. Later Jackie visited Ferndene Farm Shop, then took me on a short forest drive. The preponderance ofContinue reading “Keen To Chew Oak Cud”

Poisonous To Them

On a much cooler and overcast morning Jackie drove me into the forest. The water tubs at the start of Sowley Lane had been refilled, and we saw another on St Leonard’s Road. Barley fields on either side of Tanner’s Lane are producing fine crops, perhaps a little early. Against the backdrop of the IsleContinue reading “Poisonous To Them”

An Unpleasant Condition?

This morning Jackie chopped up all the recent garden refuse too large to be composted, for burning, which Flo did this evening, or dumping at the recycling centre; I dead-headed and weeded. For some days now we have been aware of a goldfinch incubating the contents of a nest in Wedding Day rose. We onlyContinue reading “An Unpleasant Condition?”

Heucheraholics

After lunch I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/06/26/diary-of-a-good-neighbour/ Then Jackie and I visited Jools, Sean, and Pumpkin at where we engaged in enjoyable conversation, Jackie bought a plant, and I wandered freely with my camera. Afterwards we went on a foal hunt. Donkeys on Bull Hill were the first to oblige. It was only two days ago thatContinue reading “Heucheraholics”

Too Close

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/06/24/a-knights-tale-141-why-i-bought-no-3-rue-saint-jacques/ After lunch Jackie and I took a forest drive through Beachern Wood to Ober Corner where ponies and their foals rested in the still overcast and humid atmosphere. One suckler was welcomed – anther was given a clear message that he was getting too close. I walked through the woodlandContinue reading “Too Close”

Shadows And Reflections

This morning I made a good start on clearing the upstairs sitting room for occupation. The many pictures have been stacked up for final sorting – those for passing on, others which have frames that may be useful to Charity Shops, and those which can be ditched. Eventually various items of furniture will find theirContinue reading “Shadows And Reflections”

Rich Pickings

This morning Nick completed his painting of the garden room and vacuumed and tidied everything, as he always does. After lunch Jackie drove me into the forest. As I walked down the slope from Wilverley Road to capture the views of Longslade Bottom, its landscape festooned with ponies, foals, and dog walkers I noticed buttercupsContinue reading “Rich Pickings”