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”

A Pannage Extension

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning we visited Lyndhurst in order to buy a couple of presents. In order to benefit from the gorgeous autumn light, we took a diversion down Shirley Holms. Across fields to our left we admired the situation of a house nestling on the hill and aContinue reading “A Pannage Extension”

Pollie’s Day Lilies

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning, while Jackie continued planting, I shaved a curved line on the edge of the grass patch, where Jackie had placed a group of petunias. Then, removing grass roots and us much moss as possible, I broke up the sods and mixed them with the HeadContinue reading “Pollie’s Day Lilies”

Playing Gooseberry

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE┬áBY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. This morning we continued Spring clearing in the garden. My task was dead heading the hydrangeas. One of Jackie’s was to clean out the Waterboy’s pond. He nodded his approval.Continue reading “Playing Gooseberry”