“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”

“She’s Got A Baby”

Today’s thirty minute walk was along the stony seawall path of Keyhaven Harbour. Jackie drove me there and back and waited in the car park while I strode out and crawled back. As I began to open the gate leading on to the mallow lined footpath I noticed a woman carefully following the ungainly swanContinue reading ““She’s Got A Baby””

A Nod To Little Gidding

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A CLUSTER TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY. EACH PICTURE CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN TO THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. Today I scanned the final photographs of the Henley – Newark row/walk of July 2003. The last leg, from Nottingham to Newark was 25 miles in length.Continue reading “A Nod To Little Gidding”

“An Artist In My Greenhouse”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This week we have enjoyed three fine days. Tomorrow with also be fine. Today it drizzled most of the time. This, however, did not phase John Jones, an artist friend who had planned to depict the garden and was duly delivered by Paul Clarke this morning. JohnContinue reading ““An Artist In My Greenhouse””

Holmsley Revisited

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN SMALLER GROUPS LEAD TO GALLERIES. Prompted by questions from Geoff Le Pard, that great storyteller at TanGental, this morning Jackie drove us in search of what had once been a derelict cottage situated on Holmsley Passage, near Anthony’s Bee Bottom on the moors near Holmsley.  We found it closeContinue reading “Holmsley Revisited”

An Historic View

It may come as a surprise that there are still areas of the garden that need exposing to light and air. One of these lies half way along the east side of the pergola path. Today’s major job for me was to cut down a lilac planted right on the edge of the path and obscuringContinue reading “An Historic View”