A Shared Hairstylist

This morning I completed an e-mail exchange with Barrie Haynes who had sent me a copy of his latest novel, “Adam”. The book carries a good, intriguing, story written in tight, fast-moving, prose with nothing superfluous. Despite its five star rating on Amazon, the work, on account of the sexual innuendos which some will findContinue reading “A Shared Hairstylist”

Nugget’s Family Needs Feeding

Yesterday evening Nugget and a blackbird who had discovered his feeders outside the stable door both emptied their larders while providing meals on wings for their respective nestlings. Jackie felt so bad at being so Mother Hubbard https://youtu.be/30l7EinbOYg that she decided bird food, especially Nugget’s favourite suet pellets, were essential shopping in these times ofContinue reading “Nugget’s Family Needs Feeding”

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”

Fauna And Flora

This morning I watched the recorded Rugby World Cup quarter final match between England and Australia. After lunch Jackie drove us into the forest where most of the free ranging animals were on display. Donkeys with a foal basked in the sunshine at Bramshaw, where another wandered up a lane towards the green occupied byContinue reading “Fauna And Flora”

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”

“Let’s Scarper”

This afternoon we drove to Mudeford where marauding gulls hadn’t yet given up scavenging from a fishing boat that had unloaded its catch. In an attempt to secure a better angle for photographing them I perched on the lip of a large container. What I hadn’t realised was that I would tip over onto theContinue reading ““Let’s Scarper””

A Blue Rinse

Welcome rain, sometimes quite heavy, fell all morning. We had to stay in anyway, because Stephen Ford came to fix the flushing system to our downstairs loo. He was prompt, efficient, and friendly. We would happily use him again. This afternoon we posted photographic prints to my blogging friend, then headed for the lanes aroundContinue reading “A Blue Rinse”

Topiary Training

It was shortly after dawn on this overcast morning when Jackie set out to drive me through the gloom to New Hall hospital for a follow-up appointment with Mr Kask, my knee surgeon.  Apparently walking on the undulating forest terrain is not affording me enough flexibility in the operated knee. I either need to useContinue reading “Topiary Training”

Watch Out

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED BY A CLICK WHICH MAY BE REPEATED. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Setting the mood nicely, a sheet of heavy cloud leaked steady precipitation dripping downContinue reading “Watch Out”

Who’s The Daddy?

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING BOX TO BOTTOM RIGHT As soon as the shops were open this morning we set off on a slipper hunt for my hospital stay. We found a pair immediately atContinue reading “Who’s The Daddy?”