Foxglove And Twinkle

Early this bright, sunny, and cool day we drove out to Pilley to deliver a letter to Elizabeth. I popped it into her letter box and we continued on our way. I have a couple of times before featured the horse and pony occupying the garden of Jordan’s Cottage on the corner of Bull andContinue reading “Foxglove And Twinkle”

Freckles Revealed

We arrived at Lidl at 8.30 this morning, which proved to be the perfect time. There was no queue and Jackie was able to make a month’s worth of purchases in good time while I sat in the car, read a book and received instruction from other shoppers in how to load a car beforeContinue reading “Freckles Revealed”

“Not Where You Want To Meet Something Coming Round The Next Bend”

Quite early this morning we drove along Mount Pleasant Lane beside which sweeping landscaped fields harboured horses, some sporting fly-protection masks. Our original destination was South Sway Lane, along which free manure is usually on offer. All that is required from people helping themselves to this gardeners’ gold is that we leave replacement empty bagsContinue reading ““Not Where You Want To Meet Something Coming Round The Next Bend””

The Manure Factory

This windy, warm, and hazy afternoon Jackie drove me to Milford on Sea where the car parks are now open although the Public Conveniences are not. The sign warning people to keep their distance applies to the empty bench. Similar signs line the sparsely populated promenade. Two gentlemen approached with their dogs. Only one ofContinue reading “The Manure Factory”

A Bracken Ribbon

This morning we shopped at Everton nurseries for composts, seeds, bulbs, and some potted primulas; then drove on into the forest. Sunlit landscapes were in sharp contrast to yesterday’s murky views. These were seen from Lower Sandy Down, one of our narrow undulating winding lanes where we would not relish meeting oncoming traffic careering downContinue reading “A Bracken Ribbon”

Wetter Than Expected

My plan this morning was to walk along Bisterne Close for half an hour after which Jackie, having dropped me at one end, would follow and pick me up. In gloomy morning light and light drizzle we set off. The War Memorial in Everton Road, Hordle, had been prepared for tomorrow’s Armistice Day. The commemorativeContinue reading “Wetter Than Expected”

Shots For Scale

Jackie and Nugget continued planting and bed making this morning while I cleared up some of the debris. Our little robin has even begun to get under my feet. He has begun to think ahead and, knowing where we are likely to go, arrives there before us. He only has to see me scoop upContinue reading “Shots For Scale”

Decidedly Not Smart

A number of terra cotta and yellow kniphofias have self-seeded at various places in the garden and have recently chosen to bloom rather late. These are in the Kitchen Bed, accompanied by hibiscus, petunias, Japanese anemones and fennel. This begonia and the pelargonium are recovering from near death with the benefit of Jackie’s tender care.Continue reading “Decidedly Not Smart”

Rockford End

This morning I made my final cut of the Everton Festival Photographic Competition with the subject of The New Forest. I am grateful to all those of you who contributed to the debate about my submissions. The ‘Happy Thatchers’ was a clear favourite. Although they were very popular I have reluctantly excluded those of sunbeamsContinue reading “Rockford End”

Yellow Fields

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK, OR TWO IF REQUIRED. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Today was one of cloudy sunshine with April showers in the afternoon. We took anContinue reading “Yellow Fields”