“I’ll Have A Copy Of That”

Despite yesterday’s rain the Head Gardener drove to Otter Nurseries clutching vouchers for special offers of seven different items. One of these was for 10 fifty litre bags of compost. The helpful staff had stuffed these all into the Modus. Unfortunately they did not offer to unload them at this end. That was my taskContinue reading ““I’ll Have A Copy Of That””

Fly Masks

I didn’t think I could face the tension of listening to ball by ball broadcasting of the last day of the first Ashes Test match of 2019, so I suggested a trip out this morning and deferring cricket gratification until this evening’s highlights. Before leaving, Jackie photographed raindrops on spider’s webs and our porch planting.Continue reading “Fly Masks”

Gone Fishing

The final fatal body blow to my hopes for a daily post during my hospital stay was dealt by EE mobile on the late afternoon of the day before my surgery. Today I began to fill in the gaps with the entry planned for 8th January 2019 On this bright, sunny, morning we set outContinue reading “Gone Fishing”

The Dying Of The Light

Increasingly sunburned clouds sped across the dawn skies over Christchurch Road this morning as Jackie drove me to Lymington Hospital for my flexible endoscopy. It was just my luck that this procedure was carried out by a beautiful, slender, Italian doctor. There is no apparent damage. I delivered a report to my GP in MilfordContinue reading “The Dying Of The Light”

Chances Of Making It Through Christmas

This Wednesday weather was warm, wet, yet unwilling to welcome the slightest sign of sunshine. Jackie and I visited Lyndurst for a little Christmas shopping then enjoyed brunch at Lyndhurst Tea Rooms, after which we took a trip by car into the dripping forest. A clutch of chickens at East Boldre gave the cold shoulderContinue reading “Chances Of Making It Through Christmas”

Pink Seas

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Yesterday I finished reading ‘An Orderly Man’, the third volume of Dirk Bogarde’s autobiography. Incidentally, Elizabeth informs me that these first editions fetch up to £150Continue reading “Pink Seas”

Road Rage

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. THE SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK WHICH MAY BE REPEATED Forlorn pasty-faced skies wept for most of the day. After an early lunchContinue reading “Road Rage”

I Taut I Taw A Puddy Tat

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A CLUSTER TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL EXAMPLES OF WHICH MAY BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY CHECKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT (SCROLL DOWN). SINGLE  FRAMES MAY BE ENLARGED WITH ONE OR TWO CLICKS   Early this morning, Ross visited briefly to help Richard move the furniture back to theContinue reading “I Taut I Taw A Puddy Tat”

Early Films

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN GROUPS TO ACCESS GALLERIES Yesterday was Matthew’s birthday, and he, Tess, and Poppy will be flying to New Zealand on Christmas Day. That is why Jackie drove us to Upper Dicker and back. I just had time yesterday to publish a taster in the form of a picture of theContinue reading “Early Films”

The Action Came To Me

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT AS REQUIRED. Jackie and I left Hurst Castle yesterday as we entered, crossing the bridge over the moat. What was once a deep defensive dug-out water-filled trench, now just collects a little precipitation when it rains. We joined the crowds waiting for the ferry. The small fleet of pleasureContinue reading “The Action Came To Me”