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””

More Water For The Animals

Early yesterday evening Jackie drove us to Darbar Indian restaurant in Emsworth where we joined Becky and Ian in celebration of our daughter’s 50th birthday. Catching up after six months in lockdown was remarkably easy – we just dropped into delightful conversation over excellent food with attentive service. We shared poppadoms, onion bahjis, three differentContinue reading “More Water For The Animals”

Proper Rain

The heavy rain that fell this morning was more welcome to us than to the influx of holidaymakers. Thinking that now was our chance to find Ferndene Farm Shop without a queue we set off in hope. A four-way traffic control gave me ample time to photograph the lights through a wet windscreen. After theContinue reading “Proper Rain”

Summer Holidays In The Woods

In an effort to avoid the holiday traffic and the intensely hot sapping humidity of the day we set off for a forest drive at 8 a.m. Beside Ober Water which passes under Rhinefield Road ponies quietly grazed, cattle strode purposefully, cyclists and cars sped along; sunshine dappled the woodland, reflecting trees and skies onContinue reading “Summer Holidays In The Woods”

The Toughest Test Yet

Yesterday’s rain had desisted and sun was permitted the occasional appearance when we took a drive into the forest this afternoon. A pony and foal had peeled off a group on Wootton Common alongside Holmsley Road. They held up the traffic on the opposite verge, until the mare abandoned the youngster who took some timeContinue reading “The Toughest Test Yet”

Clay Hill

On this sunny and rather cold morning Nugget followed Aaron around the garden, darting for his prey. “Where’s Nugget?” (18). Small White butterflies multiply by the minute, sharing the verbena bonarensises with swarms of bees. I spent much of the day listening to the fourth Test Match between England and Australia. Late this afternoon weContinue reading “Clay Hill”

Nugget, You’ve Got Mail

This morning while Jackie applied herself to unearthing food for Nugget, I occupied myself with dead-heading roses. The two photographs above are a day’s relief for eyes which struggled with yesterday’s “Where’s Nugget?”. Hearing Jackie clearly speaking Avian I thought at first she had been addressing her little robin, but in fact it was “thoseContinue reading “Nugget, You’ve Got Mail”

On The Verges

Today Jackie drove us to Upper Dicker and back for Poppy’s fourth birthday party. This was a gathering of young families with children who enjoyed great fun in the heat of a splendidly sunny day in Mat and Tess’s garden. There were games galore; much tasty finger food; home made Danish pastries; and a splendidContinue reading “On The Verges”