Keeping Their Distance

In recent days goldfinches have joined the ranks of birds swooping on the feeders. We think we may be harbouring an extra long tailed variety. Mum’s care home is now in total lockdown. Several of us telephoned her in turn. I believe that is now widespread. Jackie photographed this conversation through a ¬†window at BartonContinue reading “Keeping Their Distance”

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”

“Legged It”

When Jackie looked out of our bedroom window this morning she was surprised to see a police car backing past our house and no other cars on the road. Naturally she investigated. The telegraph pole bearing necessary cables and the only street lamp on our stretch of Christchurch Road had been seriously sent awry, theContinue reading ““Legged It””

Marl Pits

On another bright, chill, morning we sought Christmas presents at Old Milton, where the pavement display outside Serendipity offered an embarrassment of fantastic figures which we managed to resist. Our next venue was Lymington High Street where a well stocked toyshop encouraged visitors; and Santa displayed the skills of Friends hairdressers. When parking at theContinue reading “Marl Pits”

“Alice’s Last Day”

On this bright and chilly morning, Nugget was torn away from his perch on the lip of   Jackie’s tulip planting pot by Muggle’s war cries, which, proudly puffed up, he was required to reciprocate from a higher viewpoint. “Where’s Nugget?” (49). Later, we drove into the forest, taking School Lane out of Milford onContinue reading ““Alice’s Last Day””

Cervine Elegance

Occasional sunny spells on a clouded morning developed into bright sunshine by the time we drove into the forest this afternoon. Jackie spent some time collecting cuttings with which to populate the greenhouse pots. The orange poppies that last just a day don’t normally emerge from the soil until spring. We have several clumps now.Continue reading “Cervine Elegance”

Godwits Galore

This morning we drove to Ferndene Farm Shop for three bags of all Purpose compost. Jackie explored the rows of plants on sale as she also bought some trailing lobelias, and found time to encourage one of the resident pigs, which was labouring somewhat, to step up to the trough for a drink. On ourContinue reading “Godwits Galore”

Midges

We took a morning drive into the forest, through Holmsley Passage where low gravel strips border the crumbling tarmac, a woman follows her dog , and unconcerned ponies continue with the important business of the day, In order for me to photograph Ringwood Road, Burley, Jackie parked the car at the junction with Honey Lane.Continue reading “Midges”

A Drum Roll

This morning I rediscovered an album of elderly colour slides I had thought lost. I scanned a selection from May 1989. Sam managed to set this drum rolling across the lawn at Lindum House; Louisa preferred the inside drum roll Kate, our popular child-sitter, was an excellent birthday party emcee. This was Louisa’s seventh. JessicaContinue reading “A Drum Roll”