A Damp Drive

On another day of gales, gloom, and bursts of weak sunshine our brief forest drive took us along Bisterne Close, with its glistening autumn leaves soaking on soggy verges; its mossy rooted and speckled lichen coated trees; other one-eyed specimens with fanged exposed roots rising from ancient hedgerows; a Magnum mushroom; and bedraggled ponies wanderingContinue reading “A Damp Drive”

A Sunny Interlude

I’m happy to say that James Peacock sorted out our internet problem this morning, in time for me to keep a dental checkup appointment, which was satisfactory. We celebrated by buying a new washing machine to replace our older one which is becoming cantankerous. This afternoon I was able to feature yesterday’s forest drive withContinue reading “A Sunny Interlude”

Sleeping List

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/05/11/a-knights-tale-132-awaiting-the-arrival/ While streaking rain of varying velocity pelted upon us all afternoon, Jackie drove Flo and me to Lyndhurst where our granddaughter bought a selection of craft materials. On our return home we diverted into woodland around Brockenhurst. An egret in Highland Water flew off just after I took this shot.Continue reading “Sleeping List”

A Second Chance

Is it perhaps an example of Karl Jung’s synchronicity that I should have come to the end of an acclaimed modern masterpiece with which I find myself at odds on a day when the Kremlin is shelling Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. I began reading “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles soon after ChristmasContinue reading “A Second Chance”

The Gloomiest Day Yet

Yesterday evening I read more of ‘Great Expectations’ and can now post five more of Charles Keeping’s superb illustrations. In ‘Wemmick’s arm was straying from the path of virtue’ the artist uses a double page spread to indicate space between the elements of the scene. ‘He hugged himself with both his arms, looking back atContinue reading “The Gloomiest Day Yet”

Late Afternoon In Ran’s Wood

Many hours of my life have been spent tramping the streets of London. These consequently appear on many of my blog posts, although one series has been particularly dedicated to them From 2004 to 2008 inclusive I made hundreds of photographs with the constraint that the road name must be included in the picture. TheyContinue reading “Late Afternoon In Ran’s Wood”

Seeking The Shot

A chill wind belied the sunny periods today. This morning Jackie continued with her general garden maintenance, including pruning, while I dug more weeds out of the Gazebo path gravel. I can just about manage this for half an hour, but imagine the exercise is doing me good. Crouching is now possible; it is risingContinue reading “Seeking The Shot”

Further Along Forest Road

Today there was still a chill in the air, which became more overcast with sunny periods as it went on. After lunch we drove into the forest. As so often on a dull day we thought we may not find much of photographic interest, until the sun and our little group of equine friends foundContinue reading “Further Along Forest Road”

It Did Not Stay For Its Close-up

After lunch today I scanned the next five of Charles Keeping’s idiosyncratic illustrations to Charles Dickens’s ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, displaying the artist’s liquid line in expressive portraiture. ‘Martin and his friend followed them to the door below’ ‘On his livid face was one word – Death’ ‘Whole troops of married ladies came flocking round the steps’Continue reading “It Did Not Stay For Its Close-up”

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”