Double Yellow Lines

Steady, light, rain seeped from slate skies throughout the day. This morning Jackie worked in the greenhouse while I ironed, read, and photographed raindrops on our unidentified peach rose, wallflower Sugar Rush Purple, and a tiny primula. This afternoon Jackie drove us to Keyhaven. You may be forgiven for thinking that this is a pictureContinue reading “Double Yellow Lines”

Misty Morning

Having slept much of yesterday, my head was much clearer today, although I was still rather wobbly. However, I did manage couple of short walks in the garden. The first was before the sun emerged. Cars drove with headlights on Christchurch Road; grey skies hung over the garden; yet I was still able to findContinue reading “Misty Morning”


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”

Why Did The Pheasant Cross The Road?

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT LONE PICTURES JUST NEED A CLICK FOR ENLARGEMENT. Yesterday evening we enjoyed the usual excellent food and friendly efficient service in the perfect company of Elizabeth,Continue reading “Why Did The Pheasant Cross The Road?”

Wait For Us

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning Jackie and I kept our appointment with Neils Dagless of Dagless and Whitlock. He witnessed our signatures on the mortgage documents. There was no charge for his service, but we were asked for a donation to the Oakhaven Hospice. We were happy to do this.Continue reading “Wait For Us”

Forest Pursuits

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. We spent the morning driving around the forest before lunching at Holmsley Old Station Tea Rooms. The strong early morning sun forced its way through the rising mist, and eventually dominated the blue skies, warming the landscape, and eventuallyContinue reading “Forest Pursuits”

Home Delivery

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning I checked with Owen the chimney sweep that the 20″ swan’s nest baskets available at Gordleton Barn would not be too wide for our chimney, and that Streets ironmongers in Brockenhurst could supply smaller ones if necessary.Continue reading “Home Delivery”

The Three Graces

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. It is not often one can be grateful for a traffic diversion, especially those in The New Forest which tend to send you miles out of your way. So it was this morning as Jackie drove us out there.Continue reading “The Three Graces”

From Mist To Sunshine And Back

CLICK ON CLUSTERS TO ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. THE SINGLE IMAGES JUST NEED TO BE CLICKED FOR ENLARGEMENT IF REQUIRED. The mist that shrouded the garden never left Downton today. Motoring further away from the coast into the forest in the mid-afternoon, Jackie and I¬†left the fog behind us and wereContinue reading “From Mist To Sunshine And Back”

Misty Moors

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN CLUSTERS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Today we visited Shelly and Ron’s at Walkford for an excellent lunch and an afternoon spent in convivial company and reminiscence. The other guests were Helen and Bill. Before lunch I joined the three sisters in laying the annualContinue reading “Misty Moors”