Avian Pairs

Today was bright and sunny, if a little chilly. Because this was the weekend, there was a little more humanity on the forest roads, mainly in the form of family groups of walkers like these on St Leonards Road, and cyclists in pairs or singly, like this one on Sowley Lane. We had planned toContinue reading “Avian Pairs”

Sexy Side-Swept Bangs

After taking down the Christmas tree we took a short drive into the forest on another very gloomy, yet dry, day. When, at Shirley Holms, I pointed my lens in her direction, a sexy Shetland pony mistook me for a hairdresser’s photographer and trotted over to display her dishevelled side-swept bangs. The ditches are allContinue reading “Sexy Side-Swept Bangs”

In Their Element

In steady, heavy, rain this morning Jackie drove us to New Milton to collect my cleaning; to Ferndene Farm Shop for three bags of compost; and to Milford on Sea Pharmacy for a repeat prescription. Now we were out, where could we visit next for a photoshoot but to Keyhaven in search of waterfowl? WatchedContinue reading “In Their Element”

The Pony And The Wagtail

This afternoon Jackie drove to Hockey’s Farm Shop at South Gorley. She kindly allowed me to accompany her so I could take some photographs. As always we patiently waited for a pony to amble across the road as we approached North Gorley, where a pair of mallards fished on the soggy terrain beside the usualContinue reading “The Pony And The Wagtail”

Reflecting Over The Best Part Of Half A Century

Towards the end of yesterday afternoon Giles collected me from home and drove me to the bird hide at Milford on Sea. It is his task to lock up the accessible public facility at 5 p.m. or dusk, whichever is earlier. We spent a happy hour in each other’s company as I benefitted from myContinue reading “Reflecting Over The Best Part Of Half A Century”

No Passenger Seat Was Vacated

This morning Jackie drove me to the GP surgery in Milford on Sea where I was relieved to learn that my lingering symptoms are probably due to stress – I can certainly agree with that, and just continue to take it easy. This afternoon my Chauffeuse took me on a trip to the north ofContinue reading “No Passenger Seat Was Vacated”

Walking Better

This morning I reduced the codeine element of my pain relief and toured the garden with my camera. I was walking better as I wandered around making these images. Much of the rest of the morning was occupied with mutually supportive family telephone conversations. This afternoon we took a drive into the forest. A chestnutContinue reading “Walking Better”

They Think It’s Spring

On another bright, almost balmy, morning, Jackie drove us out to Hatchet Pond and back. Donkeys, cattle, and ponies, basked, dozed, chewed the cud, or cropped the grass on the approach to the pond. Eyes open or closed, they definitely think it’s spring. Have the usual companions of the sole cormorant on sentry duty metamorphosedContinue reading “They Think It’s Spring”

Catch

We have been invited to a special meal in celebration of the 30th anniversary of our favourite local Indian restaurant. Unfortunately this is tomorrow – less than a month since my knee replacement surgery. We therefore cannot manage it. This morning, featuring the above photograph, we made a card for Raja and his staff andContinue reading “Catch”

Golden Globe Descending

After lunch I watched recorded highlights of yesterday’s international rugby match between England and Australia. I then prised Jackie from her greenhouse so she could take me for a drive in the forest. “Look, Derrick”, she announced, indicating a plant on this sunny but cold afternoon, “it’s a little chilly in the garden”. Many moorlandContinue reading “Golden Globe Descending”