Have I Found A Redshank?

We enjoyed another very hot temperature with clear, pale blue, skies today. In the garden bees laboured on rudbeckia; Small White butterflies were ubiquitous; sun produced X-ray images of such as hollyhocks and pelargoniums; and cart wheels spoke to the low bark of the eucalyptus. I wandered around for a while. As usual, titles mayContinue reading “Have I Found A Redshank?”

Provoking A Squabble

Overnight winds had been powerful enough to blow this planted up stone urn off its pedestal. Early this morning Jackie drove me to our G.P. surgery at Milford on Sea to order a repeat prescription. We were not surprised to learn on BBC News that, at 79 m.p.h., the strongest gusts in Britain had rushedContinue reading “Provoking A Squabble”

A Sparrow in Swallow Drive

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE WHEN SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. Jackie continued with the weeding of the rose garden today, whilst I wandered with the camera. Tulips are now in bloom. This one really did come from Amsterdam, courtesy of Danni andContinue reading “A Sparrow in Swallow Drive”

Cream Tea Crawl

On 15th September, Ron’s parents will have been married for 70 years. This morning, he brought me their wedding album, from which he has given me the honour of making some prints for a commemorative¬†book he is compiling. So keen was I to show him how I would go about it that I scanned oneContinue reading “Cream Tea Crawl”

Shoebox

I began the day with a brief amble down the lane. In the bed beyond the kitchen window, the frilly pink poppies have multiplied. On our back drive, a pennant of white ramblers is now strung from stump to stump down the avenue of dead trees along¬†the Northern side. Hallmark Builders have finished their workContinue reading “Shoebox”

‘Did You Get Your Salary Cheque This Month?’

My friend Paul Herbert sent me an e-mail this morning containing a photograph from my Parents for Children consultancy days. This would have been taken in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Paul’s delightful mother, Eve, stands, cuppa in hand, on the viewer’s far left. I am at the back. One of the problems ofContinue reading “‘Did You Get Your Salary Cheque This Month?’”

‘I Wanna Tell You A Story’

Following yesterday’s discovery of my blocked debit card, I had further conversations with Barclays Bank in France this morning. I was directed to an exchange of e-mails I had had with their representative in November last year. The problem was caused by my having unknowingly slipped into overdraft, for the only time in five years,Continue reading “‘I Wanna Tell You A Story’”

A Clear And Present Danger

On a bright and blustery morning Jackie drove me to Milford on Sea, so I could walk along Hurst Spit whilst she sat in the car with her puzzles. I walked the length of the wall protected by Norwegian rocks, with Sturt Pond on my left and, beyond the waves on my right, The Needles.Continue reading “A Clear And Present Danger”