Stamping Ground

We began the day by shopping at Ferndene Farm Shop for three more bags of compost, vegetables, and begonias. This was quite a quick operation, after which we drove into the forest. At the top of Holmsley Passage another wrecked vehicle blocked the side-lane to a house. This was upside down and looked as ifContinue reading “Stamping Ground”

Drivers’ Guide

Knowing how hot it would be today we began early in the garden. My contribution was dead heading and a little clearing up. Bees were early risers, too. Here one lands on lavender and another homes in on salvia. Lilies are now blooming in the Patio Bed, and Special Anniversary rose has responded well toContinue reading “Drivers’ Guide”

Christmas Covid-Cancelled, Collecting Easter Eggs

Today we took an early lunch and drove to Tesco for our big shop. As usual I sat in the car, Jackie did the business, and I intended to read my book. After one page my sister, Jacqueline, phoned me and that was the end of the reading. In fact Tesco wasn’t too difficult, soContinue reading “Christmas Covid-Cancelled, Collecting Easter Eggs”

A Nippy Little Pig

When I ran regularly across London to work I would adapt my route according to traffic conditions. This is what Jackie did early this morning as we took a drive in what we knew would be the very small window of reasonable light when she had to follow a huge vehicle negotiating its way alongContinue reading “A Nippy Little Pig”

Silhouettes At Sunset

We set out for a drive in the forest an hour before sunset. There were a number of people out riding, such as this young lady on Barrows Lane. They were usually in no particular hurry. Neither were we. As I emerged from the Modus high on Holmsley Passage, a dog in a Land RoverContinue reading “Silhouettes At Sunset”

Reflective Collars

Late this morning Barry, our chimney sweep and roofer, visited to look at our leaking kitchen roof. He is very busy but, a good friend, will fit us in as soon as he can. After lunch, with violent winds still blowing, we moved the now covered patio chairs to a more sheltered position beside theContinue reading “Reflective Collars”

“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”

Social Distancing Is For The Birds (Too)

The thousands of people who crowded the UK parks and beaches over the weekend; and the London Underground yesterday, gave the Government no option but to send us into compulsory lockdown, which was announced and came into place with immediate effect last evening. Again this morning the tube trains were packed. All non-essential retail outletsContinue reading “Social Distancing Is For The Birds (Too)”

An Up And Down Morning

Early on a morning of sunshine and showers Jackie drove us into the forest to take advantage of the dramatic light. Encouraged by my undulating walk yesterday I was tempted to disembark at the top of Holmsley Passage and walk down the much steeper slope. At first I kept to the tarmac because of theContinue reading “An Up And Down Morning”