Robin Visits Woodpeckers

The sunniest, coolest, part of another day of developing humidity was before we left this morning to visit Mum at Woodpeckers. Jackie took advantage of this to carry out an early spell of gardening. I nipped out to photograph her Head Gardener’s Walk clearance, which she had completed yesterday evening, and she showed me theContinue reading “Robin Visits Woodpeckers”

Safe Distance Enjoyment

When a dull day began to brighten up we drove into the forest for a while. Constantly changing skies, reflected in pothole pools, swept over the moorland bounding Holmsley Passage and its footpaths. Sun-tipped ponies pastured on grass, bracken and holly on the borders of Burley golf course. The forest car parks were all fullContinue reading “Safe Distance Enjoyment”

Reflective Collars

Late this morning Barry, our chimney sweep and roofer, visited to look at our leaking kitchen roof. He is very busy but, a good friend, will fit us in as soon as he can. After lunch, with violent winds still blowing, we moved the now covered patio chairs to a more sheltered position beside theContinue reading “Reflective Collars”

A Splendid Oak

On this hot, humid, and overcast morning our friend Giles visited for a tour of the garden he had not been able to enter since before the lockdown. We enjoyed a pleasant catching up, continued over coffee inside. This afternoon, after filling up with petrol, Jackie drove me to the north of the forest. TheContinue reading “A Splendid Oak”

A Clutch Of Clematis

Today was once more hot, humid, and overcast. This morning I printed a copy of my recent photograph of Aaron for his parents. His A.P. Maintenance tasks included the repair of the door of the Orange Shed which had managed to beat the shed itself to collapsing; and to level the uneven, sagging, brick footpathContinue reading “A Clutch Of Clematis”

“Where’s Derrick?”

Knowing that the temperature would drop and the leaden canopy overhead become a leaky colander throughout the day, we held back Jackie’s sunlit images from yesterday¬†afternoon. She had transformed this second footpath across the Rose Garden from a few days ago to this, having also re-fixed the windblown mirror to the back fence. The poppiesContinue reading ““Where’s Derrick?””

A Fan Of Harry Potter

On another fine spring morning I took a walk to Shorefield Country Park and back. Before arriving at the end of the back drive I photographed a few tulips and bunches of daffodils. A cerulean Christchurch Bay could be seen from the entrance to Roger Cobb’s top field on Downton Lane. Further down the road,Continue reading “A Fan Of Harry Potter”

The Blue Coat

Suitably equipped for the fray Jackie joined the queue at Tesco five minutes before opening time. She really felt for the woman in the blue coat. The orderly social distancing exhibited outside the supermarket was somewhat belied by the few customers who reached past others to claim items they were afraid might disappear. Although weContinue reading “The Blue Coat”

Compost Soup

There is now some confusion about whether it is acceptable here to drive to an exercise location. Today I confined myself to our garden and the footpath across Roger Cobb’s farm on Downton Lane. This was once a regular walk – before my knee surgeries. In the garden more tulips are opening and daffodils continueContinue reading “Compost Soup”

Planes Of Boats And Trains

The morning was bright and sunny; the afternoon began with a deluge and ended in photogenic light. Nugget can regularly be seen from the kitchen window. Jackie photographed him from there, where his own personal feeder hangs. “Where’s Nugget?” (59) At the dry end of the afternoon we drove to Lymington Harbour where the AssistantContinue reading “Planes Of Boats And Trains”