‘Why Do Swans Have Such Long Necks?’

On another darkly dank afternoon, after visiting Milford on Sea Pharmacy we returned home via Keyhaven. From Saltgrass Lane we watched geese, gulls, and other waterfowl fishing, flying, and floating fast on the tidal current. The colour picture in the first gallery and the first two in the next are Jackie’s. Walkers, dogs, and cyclistsContinue reading “‘Why Do Swans Have Such Long Necks?’”

Late Afternoon

The 106 m.p.h. wind that ripped through The Needles overnight howled around our house and garden. Numerous plant pots were blown down; tables and the new pig hit the deck; owls were knocked off their perches; broken branches and scattered trugs tossed around; an arch bent and a rose dislodged. I had the sun inContinue reading “Late Afternoon”

Just In Time To Catch It

I spent much of this day of sunshine and showers writing Christmas cards and making prints at my desk which has a direct view into the kitchen. It wasn’t far off sunset when we posted the messages, but we just had time to catch it at Mudeford. Note that the capsized boat I spotted aContinue reading “Just In Time To Catch It”

A Reflective Conversation

This morning Ronan of Tom Sutton Heating gave our boiler its annual service and investigated our inability to control the heating by thermostat. He found a piece of equipment was malfunctioning and will book in another visit to fix it. I didn’t really take in what it was. After lunch we drove to Elizabeth’s toContinue reading “A Reflective Conversation”

Communal Bath

Quite early this morning we drove to Mudeford to look at the sea. The sun briefly outlined the horizon; the waves were very choppy and determined to bubble over the wall onto the promenade. I needed to be unaccustomedly quick on my feet to keep them dry, whereas a reflecting fisherman just paddled patiently. AsContinue reading “Communal Bath”

Somewhat Disconcerting

With paintbrush and roller, after replenishing some of yesterday’s filling, Nick brought light into our sitting room. Particularly evident was how he has brightened the ceiling; the walls also glow. Unfortunately, with the windows open, a number of wasps buzzed around our decorator’s ears. This was more than somewhat disconcerting, so we supplied him withContinue reading “Somewhat Disconcerting”

The Race Was On

On this further dully overcast and windy morning we virtually finished the front garden pruning. I photographed a few hanging baskets in the rest of this area, involving bacopas, lobelias, diascia, begonias, petunias, pelargoniums, and gladiolus. These have all regenerated well after the recent heavy winds. Here are the bags of woody clippings which weContinue reading “The Race Was On”

Not Upside Down

Although less severe, today’s weather was as changeable as that of yesterday. This morning we drove to Milford on Sea for a repeat prescription. There were more people on the road than there has been of late. The car parks along the coast were still locked and empty but for this cyclist, and a coupleContinue reading “Not Upside Down”

Keeping Their Distance

In recent days goldfinches have joined the ranks of birds swooping on the feeders. We think we may be harbouring an extra long tailed variety. Mum’s care home is now in total lockdown. Several of us telephoned her in turn. I believe that is now widespread. Jackie photographed this conversation through a ¬†window at BartonContinue reading “Keeping Their Distance”

“All Over In A Flash”

This morning’s sun shone blindingly bright in clear skies; the temperature was finger- tingling chilly. Because the meteorologists had predicted rain this afternoon we drove out early to Mudeford Quay. I had never seen the normally tranquil harbour water as choppy as it was today. The high tide surged back and forth over the shoreContinue reading ““All Over In A Flash””