The Rainbow Blessing

This afternoon we drove into the forest, making use of the day’s changing light. In contrast to the recent gales, the winds were so slow that the sun, albeit bright, would remain behind covering clouds for an age. Although the distant Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower was well lit, the near Tanners Lane’s breakwater was not. TheContinue reading “The Rainbow Blessing”

Symbiotic Relationship

Such brief sunshine as we were to enjoy today came quite early. That is when we set off for a forest drive. Two lanes we traversed en route to Beaulieu are named Boldre and Rodlease. The Gravel Pit Lake at Pilley, almost bone dry last summer, has returned to its normal full state, nurturing whiteContinue reading “Symbiotic Relationship”

Building Materials

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX ON BOTTOM RIGHT. SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK WHICH CAN BE REPEATED IF REQUIRED. Today’s sky was cloudless, the sun shone, and the temperature was hot enoughContinue reading “Building Materials”

Creating A Splash

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Today was another wet one. The New Forest is so waterlogged as to promote empathy for those unfortunates who chose to come here forContinue reading “Creating A Splash”

Standing Stones

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. THOSE PICTURES NOT IN A GROUP CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO It is more than fifty years since Jackie and Helen enjoyed theirContinue reading “Standing Stones”

Was It Something In The Water?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning was spent Christmas shopping in New Milton and in Brockenhurst Jackie parked the car in Butts Lane, Brockenhurs and I walked alongside the stream beside it. At the far end a ford leads to Park Close. The water level gauge shows it is quite shallowContinue reading “Was It Something In The Water?”

Lymington’s National Hero

This morning we drove to The First Gallery with the last of the prints for the exhibition, and Jackie’s donation of labelled seedlings, with which she has included explanatory notes. On our journey via Beaulieu, cattle basked by the roadside at East Boldre. Margery and Paul’s reception rooms resembled a frame-maker’s workshop, which, indeed theyContinue reading “Lymington’s National Hero”

Bricks In The Hopper

As our garden awakens, hellebores, snowdrops, ferns, and heucheras stretch their limbs and jostle for position. Some hellebores, petals perhaps frost-bitten, raise their heads, possibly having been alarmed by our jackdaws jousting over the rooftop chimneys, What was once a maple on the grass had been cut back by our predecessors. Although we have someContinue reading “Bricks In The Hopper”

Memorable Holidays

Poor Jackie set off in driving rain, propelled by gales of more than 40 m.p.h,. for her annual camping trip this morning. She and her two sisters will have needed all their Girl Guides experience just to pitch their tent. Even that failed them, for the tent blew across a field and tore. They areContinue reading “Memorable Holidays”

Back Onto The Cliff Top

On an overcast morning Jackie drove us to New Forest Army & Navy Surplus store in New Milton to buy some weatherproof clothing for her projected sororal camping trip; thence to the bank; thence to Milford on Sea where she dropped me on the green. I rose to my feet and hobbled up Park Lane to TheContinue reading “Back Onto The Cliff Top”