‘Wait For Me, Mum’

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning I tidied up after some of Jackie’s cutting back yesterday, and was then rewarded by delicious scents from the roses as I dead-headed them. Elizabeth came to lunch and dinner. This afternoon the three of us drove out to Hyde where we enjoyed refreshments inContinue reading “‘Wait For Me, Mum’”

From Mist To Sunshine And Back

CLICK ON CLUSTERS TO ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. THE SINGLE IMAGES JUST NEED TO BE CLICKED FOR ENLARGEMENT IF REQUIRED. The mist that shrouded the garden never left Downton today. Motoring further away from the coast into the forest in the mid-afternoon, Jackie and I left the fog behind us and wereContinue reading “From Mist To Sunshine And Back”

Letting The Toddler Win The Race

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning we went for a driveabout in the forest. It is not unusual to notice cartoon character flattened squirrels on the winding lanes. On the very narrow track bounded by thick impenetrable hedgerows that links Newtown with Minstead, a young tree rat caught ahead of the carContinue reading “Letting The Toddler Win The Race”

Sherwood Forest Snowballs

I understand there have been smatterings of snow in Nottingham. We, on the other hand, have experienced nothing more chilling than the slight, short-lived, frost early this morning. It seemed appropriate, therefore, to scan another batch of those recently discovered negatives from December 2003. These record a trip to Sherwood Forest with Jessica, Michael, Heidi,Continue reading “Sherwood Forest Snowballs”

After The Rain 2

On a crisp, bright morning with a cloudless blue sky, we took a drive around the New Forest. Lacking a leaf canopy, the treetop roof, like our kitchen skylight, leaked onto the forest floor. These scenes, photographed at Brownhills near Wootton Heath, were repeated throughout our journey. Branches are traced on the surface of pools reflectingContinue reading “After The Rain 2”

Rosie Lea

This afternoon Jackie drove Becky and me on a recce through the waterlogged forest. On another reasonably warm day, we enjoyed a little sunshine and a lot of showers. The first stop was near Wootton Bridge on the way to Brockenhurst. There we encountered expanding pools of water on the forest floor, a swollen stream,Continue reading “Rosie Lea”

She Mistook My Brogues For Acorns

Barrie and Vicki dropped in this morning to present me with Barrie’s new book, ‘Walking in the Sea’. I look forward to reading it. Ever since my lingering cold in August, I have been feeling decidedly under par, so Jackie persuaded me to visit the GP, made the appointment, and drove me there. After aContinue reading “She Mistook My Brogues For Acorns”

Up Close And Personal

On a largely overcast and humid morning I took an amble down to Roger’s footpath and back. Parsley and fennel are now flowering in the bed opposite the kitchen window. White nicotiana spreads its scent across the patio. The Absolutely Fabulous rose now bears numerous fresh flowers. Violas suspended from the entrance arch to theContinue reading “Up Close And Personal”

The Kiss

Today I invite you to take the perimeter walk with me. When I did this three days ago, I undertook to repeat it in a photo shoot. This is it: At first the path looks wide and safe enough. The house can be seen through the occasional gap in the fence on our left. ToContinue reading “The Kiss”

Now You See Them……..

On this cold but crisp morning, the sun only managed to penetrate the mist at midday, by which time I was home. Gone were the delicately tinted skies of yesterday, but by the time we were lunching on Jackie’s sublime chicken broth, fluffy white clouds adorned a clear blue sky. I walked directly through theContinue reading “Now You See Them……..”