First Steps

Knowing that this would be our last fine day until next week we took an early drive into the forest before returning to Sears Barbers at Milford on Sea where Peter cut my hair. Cotton clouds propelled by a chill east wind scudded across cerulean skies. Bright yellow daffodils lined many of the verges likeContinue reading “First Steps”

Decidedly Reluctant To Test The Water

Blackbirds are now in the process of stripping our crab apple trees of fruit. After a quick look around, they tear off an apple then make their way back to their homes across the road. We can just make out others, like this sparrow, about to leave the runway over there. Raindrops kept the foodContinue reading “Decidedly Reluctant To Test The Water”

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”

Cock Of The Roost

John Wain writes a good story. His ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’, which I finished reading last night, uses the device of a novel within a novel, fusing two stories together by an ingenious means which I will not reveal, but which soon becomes clear. The narrative moves along nicely. Published by MacMillan in 1978, the workContinue reading “Cock Of The Roost”

The Food Is Over There

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. THE FINAL, SINGLE, PICTURE, CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. This afternoon Jackie drove Elizabeth and me to Lymington where my sister visited herContinue reading “The Food Is Over There”

Gravel Pit Cottage

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A CLUSTER TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY, EACH MEMBER OF WHICH CAN BE FURTHER ENLARGED BY CLICKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT We began this cold, bright, day with two trips to the recycling centre to dispose of bags of garden refuse. Afterwards we drove around the east of theContinue reading “Gravel Pit Cottage”

Message In A Bottle?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. This morning I tidied up the Head Gardener’s Walk. It was becoming a little overgrown. This was the result. Apart from a brief spell of sunshine when I was carrying out thisContinue reading “Message In A Bottle?”

Boating and Fishing

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. On another low key day Jackie drove me to Lymington to collect my laptop, the battery of which had needed replacing. Later I scanned the last of the colour negatives of the French holiday taken towards the end of 1985. In the evenings Matthew, Sam, and LouisaContinue reading “Boating and Fishing”

A Garden Of Delights

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Watching the suspended petal of a Japanese anemone this morning set me musing. First I considered the strength of the thread that grasped it. As the flower part spun and twisted in the breeze, its captor clung on, just as it would with a fly’s frantically thrashing death throes. OnContinue reading “A Garden Of Delights”