Logistical Problems

Garden maintenance – mostly clearing up and dead heading – began early this morning for us both. No doubt attracted by the redolent scent of roses released by the warm sunshine, bees buzzed and butterflies flittered around me as I wielded the secateurs. Bees and Red Admirals both tried the fading Festive Jewel; both alsoContinue reading “Logistical Problems”

A Gentle Snow Plough

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/08/31/a-knights-tale-25-a-papal-honour/ By mid-afternoon the earlier Stygian gloom had lifted enough for us to drive to Puttles Bridge and back after buying another, larger, bag of tree bark mulch. With barely a ripple the now very shallow Ober Water could hardly be said to flow under the bridge. The root trip hazards,Continue reading “A Gentle Snow Plough”

Head To Tail

A dull morning gave way to sunshine as we left to visit Shelly and Ron with a birthday present. After coffee and convivial conversation Jackie and I set off for a forest drive. Heather, bracken, brambles, and gorse tangled together festooned the verges and the moorland alongside Burley Road. Jackie parked on the gravel lay-byContinue reading “Head To Tail”

Unicorn Piñata

‘A piñata (/pɪnˈjɑːtə/, Spanish pronunciation: [piˈɲata] (listen)) is a container, often made of papier-mâché, pottery, or cloth, that is decorated, filled with candy, and then broken as part of a celebration. Piñatas are commonly associated with Mexico. The idea of breaking a container filled with treats came to Europe in the 14th century, where the name, from the Italianpignatta, was introduced. The Spanish brought theContinue reading “Unicorn Piñata”

Lunch At The Rising Sun

On a morning of sunny intervals, Jackie and I nipped out to buy bread and took the opportunity for a short forest drive. The heather on the moorland straddling Holmsley Passage is glowing purple, and the bracken beginning to yellow. Several cyclists crossed Holmsley Passage in their trip along the gravelled path converted from formerContinue reading “Lunch At The Rising Sun”

Running For Cover

Following a warning of further fierce winds we carried out our normal protective preparations early this morning. Although still strong the gusts were not as forceful as yesterday. Soon after lunch we took a drive into the forest to take our minds off any possible storm damage. As we approached Smugglers Road car park weContinue reading “Running For Cover”

Beside The Pond

This morning was the dry part of day beset with showers of varying ferocity. We shopped at Ferndene Farm Shop for three more bags of compost and a replenishment of our stock of fruit and vegetables, then continued into the forest. Fly-decorated ponies planted in the road around the fully occupied Holmsley Campsite did theirContinue reading “Beside The Pond”

An Unknown Soldier

Just before I spent the week in Eymet with Maggie and Mike in September 2008, culminating in agreeing to buy their house in Sigoules, I enjoyed various locations with Mike and Heidi, Emily, Oliver, and Alice. One of these was at Onesse in Les Landes. Oliver doesn’t seem to be in this family shot fromContinue reading “An Unknown Soldier”

Extra Time

Before visiting Mum at Woodpeckers this morning, Jackie drove us to Ober Water where I photographed the stream and its reflections as I clambered among the roots and grasses. The acute sunlight etched shadows across the land and the water. Acorns, like Pooh sticks, floated gently down the stream. At first we had the woodlandContinue reading “Extra Time”

“Go Round Us”

This morning we righted the fallen pots in the garden before visiting Ferndene Farm Shop where Jackie joined the masked queue. I have her word that she was smiling in the last picture. The shopping went quite smoothly. Afterwards we took a drive into the forest by way of Holmsley Passage which was already becomingContinue reading ““Go Round Us””