“Have You Seen My Dog?”

The weather today alternated between brief bursts of bright sunshine and darkly hammering heavy hail and rain. We probably picked the best time for a drive into the forest, where, on Sway Road it was the turn of cattle and donkeys to create traffic mayhem. I took advantage of the sunshine to photograph autumn atContinue reading ““Have You Seen My Dog?””

A Shared Hairstylist

This morning I completed an e-mail exchange with Barrie Haynes who had sent me a copy of his latest novel, “Adam”. The book carries a good, intriguing, story written in tight, fast-moving, prose with nothing superfluous. Despite its five star rating on Amazon, the work, on account of the sexual innuendos which some will findContinue reading “A Shared Hairstylist”

“Go Round Us”

This morning we righted the fallen pots in the garden before visiting Ferndene Farm Shop where Jackie joined the masked queue. I have her word that she was smiling in the last picture. The shopping went quite smoothly. Afterwards we took a drive into the forest by way of Holmsley Passage which was already becomingContinue reading ““Go Round Us””

Do Horses Have Twins?

Today, carrying a freshly prepared picnic lunch, Jackie drove us out to the currently sleepy village of Hale in the north west of the New Forest. This proved to be a good choice because all the other tourist spots we passed were quite busy. We turned off Roger Penny Way into Woodgreen Road running betweenContinue reading “Do Horses Have Twins?”

Owl Envy

On another hot and humid sunny day we took an early drive into the forest. Ponies and their foals clustered together in the lowest dip of Holmsley Passage, perhaps in hopes of evading the gathering flies. I disembarked along Bisterne Close and wandered into the dappled woodland, now devoid of ponies which could normally beContinue reading “Owl Envy”

Traffic Calming

Today’s weather was hot and humid with intermittent sunshine. We gardened in the morning. I am delighted to report that Nugget is alive and well and was in his customary attendance. Those readers who suggested that he might be moulting were clearly correct. Jackie concentrated largely on the Rose Garden where, among other tasks, sheContinue reading “Traffic Calming”

Keeping Its Balance

The weather today was very dull with a couple of hours of rain of varying velocity early this afternoon. When the precipitation had desisted we took a drive into the forest. A group of ponies gathered on either side of Charles’s Lane wandered back and forth across the road. I am normally quite at easeContinue reading “Keeping Its Balance”

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”