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?”

Alfresco Dining

Much of this sunny morning was spent reminiscing with Becky. Jackie and I lunched at our normal time. We then joined the others for theirs at The Beachcomber Café, Barton on Sea. Flo took this photograph on the approach to the café. Jackie and I enjoyed drinks while the others were impressed with the qualityContinue reading “Alfresco Dining”

The Donkeys Didn’t Fancy It

After lunch Jackie drove us to Helen and Bill’s home at Fordingbridge to drop off a present. Attracted by a couple of large mushrooms on the verges at I disembarked and wandered along photographing, in addition, bracken nestling beside an oak trunk, and lichen attached to fallen twigs on the forest floor and decorating anotherContinue reading “The Donkeys Didn’t Fancy It”

A Nippy Little Pig

When I ran regularly across London to work I would adapt my route according to traffic conditions. This is what Jackie did early this morning as we took a drive in what we knew would be the very small window of reasonable light when she had to follow a huge vehicle negotiating its way alongContinue reading “A Nippy Little Pig”

Meerut Road

On another mild, sunny, morning we visited Mum in Woodpeckers Colten Care Home. Firstly, Jackie parked in Butts Lawn along which I wandered with a camera. At one end the ford water left its mark on the measuring gauge. I walked alongside the rippling, fast-flowing stream watching swaying underwater weeds, scum-forming bubbles, and leaves whizzingContinue reading “Meerut Road”

Waterditch Road

I wasted the best part of a rainy afternoon wrestling with my scanner because I had planned to start a new series of slides and negatives, but it is so long since I worked on any of those that I managed to mess up the settings and couldn’t sort them out. I even downloaded aContinue reading “Waterditch Road”

‘My Way’s Cloudy’

This was a much milder day – the consequence of a wet, overcast morning. In anticipation of a possible break in the weather, we drove to Cadnam in ever-increasing rain. By the time we reached Wittensford Lane the rain had ceased, clouds were on the move, and the sun took an occasional peek onto theContinue reading “‘My Way’s Cloudy’”

The Halloween Template

The day began as gloomy as yesterday. The early rain was quite light – enough for us to put in a stint of clearing up clippings and dead heading before it increased in ferocity. I watched recordings of the Rugby World Cup matches between USA and Tonga; between Wales and Uruguay; and between Ireland andContinue reading “The Halloween Template”

Rockford End

This morning I made my final cut of the Everton Festival Photographic Competition with the subject of The New Forest. I am grateful to all those of you who contributed to the debate about my submissions. The ‘Happy Thatchers’ was a clear favourite. Although they were very popular I have reluctantly excluded those of sunbeamsContinue reading “Rockford End”

He Doffed His Cap

This cloudless, sunny, day remained quite cool (13c tops). We took a drive into the forest this afternoon. Holmesley Passage benefited from the sunlight streaming through the trees. The two vehicles in these pictures demonstrate how narrow is this lane. Each of the above motors is approaching one of the two fords that cross theContinue reading “He Doffed His Cap”