Across The Stream

On this overcast, somewhat warmer afternoon Jackie drove me to Puttles Bridge and back. From the carpark I crunched among the dropped pine cones and dried autumn leaves; thudded along the beaten track; slalomed around fallen, decaying, branches and tree trunks; and gingerly stepped over exposed, sometimes mossy, interwoven roots, alongside the still, silent, reflectingContinue reading “Across The Stream”

Slaking Its Thirst

On another bright-sunny-cool afternoon I took a tour of the garden In the front crab apple blossom, and clematis Montana, the first accompanied by budding pink climbing roses, the second by hybrid bluebells. I made a number of images from upstairs, The views from the stable door and from the kitchen path towards the greenhouseContinue reading “Slaking Its Thirst”

A True Tale Of Love In Tonga

Last night I read ‘A True Tale of Love in Tonga’ by Robert Gibbings, and spent some time today scanning the dust jacket, the front and back boards; the Foreword; and the pages, which speak for themselves. Between bouts of scanning Jackie drove me into the forest, where I wandered among the gleaming golden gorseContinue reading “A True Tale Of Love In Tonga”

Buying A Tablet

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/03/12/a-knights-tale-115-why-i-no-longer-drive/ This afternoon Becky, Flo, and I visited Currys at Christchurch for Becky to buy her daughter a tablet. Once the choice had been made and the two ladies needed to wait for the sale and paperwork to be completed I wandered out into the car park with my camera. FirstContinue reading “Buying A Tablet”

Hotter Than Expected

This morning I worked on the next “A Knight’s Tale” post. On this unseasonably balmy afternoon Jackie drove us up to the north of the forest, where donkeys on the road outside Faraway Cottage caused a certain amount of traffic chaos. My chauffeuse parked at Godshill Pit while I wandered among dappled woodland with variouslyContinue reading “Hotter Than Expected”

“He’s Just Found He’s Got Legs”

Yesterday evening I reached a point past nine more of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to “Nicholas Nickleby”. and scanned them today. Keeping depicts such movement in ‘The animals were no sooner released than they trotted back to the stable they had just left’. ‘A female bounced into the room, and seizing Mr Squeers by the throatContinue reading ““He’s Just Found He’s Got Legs””

Answering The Call

After a light overnight frost this morning was sunshine-bright and somewhat chilly. I reached Florence at Fiveways in my weeding of the gravelled Gazebo Path, while Jackie sat on her kneeling stool to continue her clearance of the Pond Bed. Immediately after lunch we toured garden centres in search of a strong wooden bench toContinue reading “Answering The Call”

Slow For Ponies

Today the weather was sun-bright-clear-chilly-cold. We began by purchasing vegetables at Ferndene Farm Shop, then drove into the forest by way of Beckley Common Road where Jackie parked, a jogger passed, and I pictured the surrounding woodland where the harsh squawking of disturbed pheasants interrupted the melodic birdsong. The next parking spot was a lay-byContinue reading “Slow For Ponies”

Avian Camouflage

This afternoon of an overcast day, slowly brightening with brief sunny periods we visited Ferndene Farm Shop to purchase salad items, eggs, and vegetables to accompany this evening’s second sitting of Jackie’s excellent cottage pie. These were carrots, cauliflower, and beans which would be cooked to perfection, and accompanied by Hoegaarden and more of theContinue reading “Avian Camouflage”