In The Rough

This morning we received an e-mail from our good blogging friend Lavinia Ross attaching a photograph of the cedar tree (Calocedrus decurrens) she has planted in remembrance of my son Michael. We are very touched by this. Jackie nipped out to photograph the evidence of last night’s sub-zero temperature. We have light frost on variousContinue reading “In The Rough”

The Equestrian Quartet

On another cold and bright morning we drove into the forest by way of Brockenhurst. From the Hinchelsea car park I photographed a somewhat misty moorland landscape. The winterbourne pool just outside the town had iced over, as had some of the terrain leading to further distant scenes. Rhinefield Road, where bracken provides burnished autumnContinue reading “The Equestrian Quartet”

“What Are The Effing Chances…..?”

Our forest trip on another bright and sunny day began with scraping ice off the car. In a field beside an unnamed lane near Gorley Common a sleeping pony stood characteristically with one rear foot bent was not the only backlit equine the we were to see. Ogdens North lies alongside an unmarked muddy laneContinue reading ““What Are The Effing Chances…..?””

Two For Joy

This afternoon we collected repeat prescriptions from the Pharmacy at Milford on Sea. The Needles and their lighthouse had transmogrified into a red-eyed sea monster. As equally calm as the Solent was the surface of Hatchet Pond with its skimming waterfowl and shimmering landscape. While a photographer peered into the sun a friendly gull stoodContinue reading “Two For Joy”

Snowponies

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ENLARGED GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THEIR PAGES AND CHECKING BOXES AT BOTTOM RIGHT I was banned from the kitchen this morning in order to allow Richard to catch up on his largely snowbound day yesterday. Rain and a slight riseContinue reading “Snowponies”

Carefully Cutting To Shape

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY, EACH MEMBER OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. Compared with that experienced in other parts of the world, including the rest of the UK, the Christmas cake icing barely coating our garden whenContinue reading “Carefully Cutting To Shape”

In Conversation

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY. A FURTHER INCREASE CAN BE OBTAINED BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT On another bright, cold, morning Jackie drove us out into the forest. Catkins, like these in Royden Lane, Boldre, dangle from their trees. In one paddock the livestock was convenientlyContinue reading “In Conversation”

Flounces

INDIVIDUAL IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING ON THEM, REPEATED IF REQUIRED. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN A CLUSTER ACCESS ITS GALLERY, EACH OF THOSE IN WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY CHECKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT We are experiencing a little colder spell at the moment, and, this morning drove outContinue reading “Flounces”

Wishing All My Readers Happiness In Their Own Festive Season

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ACCESS THE ENLARGED GALLERY Much of today was spent writing Christmas cards. It therefore seemed appropriate to present this selection from my archives, from which readers can choose their own with my best wishes. In order of appearance, the three Christmas cards were designed by me aged 16, 17, andContinue reading “Wishing All My Readers Happiness In Their Own Festive Season”

Ice Art

CLICK ON GROUPED IMAGES TO ACCESS ENLARGED GALLERIES. With most of the rest of the country under snow, our little micro-climate had none, and was just minus two degrees when Jackie drove me out to the forest this morning. Around Wootton and Wilverley Plain, the terrain and its pools felt freezing frosty fingers; frigid fernsContinue reading “Ice Art”