Escalating The Situation

With the aid of Elizabeth’s stick I managed to walk the whole length of Downton Lane and back. A cyclist passed me on the way down, and was himself overtaken by a car. As they approached the bend, round came another bicycle The pedallers made a neat vehicle sandwich and no harm was done. AcrossContinue reading “Escalating The Situation”

Continued Preparation

A fortnight ago, noticing that our fuel oil was rather low, I ordered a refill and was promised one before today. Overnight the tank was emptied and we had no heating this morning. Opening with a plea of age and infirmity I rang the supplier early this morning. I then slipped into my trademark firm,Continue reading “Continued Preparation”

“I Buy Dat”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The weight of traffic through Lyndhurst and on the A27 meant that the journey to Upper Dicker on the way to Poppy’s birthday celebration took 4 hours in contrast to the normal two and a half that the return trip occupied. Fortunately we left home early enoughContinue reading ““I Buy Dat””

Ladybird, ladybird…….

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. As shown from the solanum and honeysuckle on the trellis, our front garden remained free of ash from next door’s bonfire, and, although some the precipitation, such as this on the pulmonaria and Japanese anemones, remains, the fire has died down and we are able to seeContinue reading “Ladybird, ladybird…….”

Retouching

In ‘Face Painting’, I featured a fete in Devon that we attended in 1985. Among the photographs published there are some of Sam having his face painted. My favourite series from that day are those of Louisa undergoing the same experience. I had been unable to include them because I had framed the Louisa imagesContinue reading “Retouching”

To Brighten A Dull Day

On this dull, overcast, day, Aaron and Robin made considerable headway on weeding the gravel paths. Certain alliums that self seed everywhere, when wrenched from the paths, fill the air with the smell of onions, nowhere near as appetising as when they are being fried. Jackie did some planting in the front garden. This afternoonContinue reading “To Brighten A Dull Day”

Poppy’s Baptism

This morning we took the remnants of the wheelbarrows photographed yesterday to the Efford Recycling Centre. As usual, we returned with more than we dumped. Today’s haul was two sets of wrought iron gates, a lawn aerator, and a mirror. Can anyone guess what the gates are for? This afternoon Jackie drove us to MatContinue reading “Poppy’s Baptism”

More Than It Could Chew?

It was yet another unseasonably hot day. I cleared up after last night’s fire. It had become dark before I was able to finish the exercise. I gathered up the unburnt branches, chopped them up small, and piled them beside the incinerator which has taken the place of the two old wheelbarrows. The rusty metalContinue reading “More Than It Could Chew?”

Not Exactly A Chair

Over coffee, Jackie and I began the day discussing the detail of the Churchill queue photographs posted yesterday. Even I, who had been there in January 1965, was surprised at what can be revealed by clicking on the images to enlarge them. This prompted me to add a postscript that you may find as fascinatingContinue reading “Not Exactly A Chair”

Ermine Trimming

By mid-morning overnight rain had cleared, making way for sunshine to give a fluffy ermine trim to the clouds over both our garden and the rest of the landscape which glistened with raindrops dripping into the pools and ditches.                                      Continue reading “Ermine Trimming”