Lockdown Hair

I spent the bulk of the morning in boring administration, earning a trip out in the warm and sunny afternoon. Our first pheasant sighting was just a few hundred yards away, strutting along Hordle Lane. Most verges displayed golden celandines and varieties of daffodils. These embellished those of Barrows Lane. Walkers at the high pointContinue reading “Lockdown Hair”

Time For A Drink

I had managed, by a rather cumbersome method, to solve my problem of being unable to send readers links to earlier posts after WordPress’s recent developments. SueW of https://weeklyprompts.com/2021/03/22/changes-to-the-wp-admin-navigation-revised-support/ then published a much better solution, for which I thank her. Early on this bright, sunny, morning Jackie drove us to Ferndene Farm Shop where sheContinue reading “Time For A Drink”

Gorse, Golf Course, Heath, And Woodland, Maintenance

Feeling rather dispirited by struggling in vain to carry out some tasks I have been happily managing before WP’s latest improvements, my mood was lifted by a drive into the forest. Jackie drove us up Holmsley Passage and across Burley Road where she parked the Modus so I could walk back and photograph woodland withContinue reading “Gorse, Golf Course, Heath, And Woodland, Maintenance”

School Was Out

Despite our recent sunshine The Head Gardener remained convinced that Jack Frost had not yet kept his icy fingers out of reach of the garden. Early this morning she took her camera outside to prove her point. Later, Callum of Metro Rod brought his specialist camera to investigate a blockage in the drainage to ourContinue reading “School Was Out”

Sunny Intervals

Early in the day I watched Channel 4’s transmission of the enthralling second day’s play in the Test Match between India and England. The forest was still overcast when, this afternoon, we set off for a drive. Lanes like Bockhampton Road were quite clarty. Beside this one a whiteness of swans occupying a field attractedContinue reading “Sunny Intervals”

Leaping The Ditch

By 9.30 a.m. this morning an early haze was beginning to lift. In an attempt to catch it we set off at that time on a forest drive. When we reached Holmsley Passage the weak sun was soon swimming in swirling watercolour washes of ochre and indigo. It remained beneath them for the rest ofContinue reading “Leaping The Ditch”

Sunlight Playing The Forest

Despite the forecast of sunny spells today we were treated to clear cerulean skies and full sunshine throughout the day. As we set off early to Ferndene Farm shop I paused to admire Jackie’s planting of primulas and violas in front of the garage door trellis. This was the view from the car as IContinue reading “Sunlight Playing The Forest”

Out In Force Today

Jackie cut my hair this morning. She grabbed my Covid locks and trimmed them down to size. And here was I wishing to turn the clock back. Contrary to expectations today, albeit several degrees cooler, was, from midday, bright and sunny. We drove to Otter Nurseries to buy some primroses, including a pot for Elizabeth,Continue reading “Out In Force Today”

Preening Swans

Today the air was cold; the cotton-clouded cerulean skies bright and sunny. After lunch we took a drive as far as Hatchet Moor and back, enabling me to tramp over the burnt gorse Nash battlefield beside the lake. Beaulieu Road is lined with pools surrounding the rooted feet of trees which are generally dry inContinue reading “Preening Swans”

Sigoules and Eymet

I spent most of the afternoon scanning and labelling another selection of colour slides from the recently rediscovered boxes. Apart from the two of Michael and Heidi, which I now think were taken twelve months later, these were all made in August 2008. During that summer I spent three weeks at various French bookings withContinue reading “Sigoules and Eymet”