A Kerfuffle

On this bright, yet cool, morning Jackie and I took a short drive into the forest. Celandines, nettles, and other wild flowers lined the verges of Warborne Lane, Portmore, alongside which goats and their climbing kids occupy a field beside horses in a fenced garden. On Pilley Street a friendly young girl opened the gateContinue reading “A Kerfuffle”

Garden Rescue

Today was fine and clear – perfect conditions for Elizabeth’s garden makeover. On the way there we drove into Pilley along a lane dividing sheep from goats. Jackie produced a few before pictures of the project before her battery died. I photographed the work in progress, identification of the participants given in the galleries. AContinue reading “Garden Rescue”

Foxglove And Twinkle

Early this bright, sunny, and cool day we drove out to Pilley to deliver a letter to Elizabeth. I popped it into her letter box and we continued on our way. I have a couple of times before featured the horse and pony occupying the garden of Jordan’s Cottage on the corner of Bull andContinue reading “Foxglove And Twinkle”

Raindrops

It was a shame that we were only due sunshine and lack of rain this morning, because I needed to be at home for the Openreach engineer engaged by BT. I won’t dwell on this, but, although the man turned up on time the problem is not resolved. It didn’t help that he hadn’t beenContinue reading “Raindrops”

Silent Companions

Today the light was dull; the weather warm and dry. This afternoon we visited Ferndene Farm shop to buy pork for tonight’s dinner. I joined a young lady happily photographing chickens on her phone. We had noticed that she had chosen a good vantage point. It was a matter of seconds before I discovered thatContinue reading “Silent Companions”

The Sap Is Rising

A light frost fell on the fields last night and Jackie had to scrape ice off the windscreen before driving me to the G.P. surgery at Milford on Sea for the successful removal of the staples from my knee. Rather unfairly, it seems to me, some members of the medical fraternities and sororities refer toContinue reading “The Sap Is Rising”

Hay Ho

This morning Aaron of A.P. Maintenance completed his preparation of the Rose Garden for winter that is still being kept at bay. A week or so back he gave the shrub roses a good haircut. Today he laid our two year old compost around their bases. Clumps of bright yellow bidens, like these at theContinue reading “Hay Ho”

A Cock-Fight

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. On another hot day with a glorious cloudless blue sky, Jackie and I spent the morning shopping for birthday presents for Shelly and for Poppy. First stop was Otter Nurseries where we bought a couple of skimmias for Jackie’s sister, and two interesting new bronzed rudbeckias forContinue reading “A Cock-Fight”

Preparing For Visitors

Travelling into the first streaks of dawn this morning, the usual commuter traffic sped along Christchurch Road in the direction of Lymington; whilst in our garden the aged gazebo has flecked the clematis Cirrhosa purpurascens with rusty freckles The proprietor of Fagan’s menswear shop in New Milton has occasionally fitted me from her parents’ outlet, Hunt’s,Continue reading “Preparing For Visitors”

An Inspirational Visit

Accompanied by a couple of friends we lunched on excellent fish and chips at The Trusty Servant.  I drank a pint of Doom Bar.  After our meal we attended Minstead Lodge where Noura met us for a tour of this huge building, probably a Victorian reproduction of an earlier manor house. It was Noura’s dayContinue reading “An Inspirational Visit”