Close Encounter Of The Covid Kind

On an unseasonably mild morning of sunshine and showers we drove into the deserted forest where Jackie decanted me at a few unpopulated points where I wandered with my camera. Had we been in a hurry down Beckley Road we might have had a closer than comfortable encounter with an approaching van. Fortunately Jackie hadContinue reading “Close Encounter Of The Covid Kind”

Sylvan Ecology

This morning we shopped at Setley Ridge Garden Centre for a birthday present,¬†and continued to Rhinefield Ornamental Drive where Jackie parked in Blackwater Car Park while I followed a group of younger walkers, who were soon out of sight, into the forest, which is strewn with arboreal detritus in various stages of contribution to theContinue reading “Sylvan Ecology”

A Cervine Spectre

Jackie was up in the dark this morning, in time to photograph our first smattering of snow before the rain washed it away. This afternoon we drove to Crestwood in Lymington to complete the paperwork and pay a deposit on our new sitting room flooring which will be laid after Christmas. We continued on toContinue reading “A Cervine Spectre”

Whispering Leaves

The light today was bright; the skies clear; and the temperature cold. This morning we drove into the forest via   Holmsley Passage, with its splendid autumn colour burnishing both woodland trees and bracken-carpeted moorland. The moon, not yet having retired, nestled in the crook between two sunlit tree. Golfers in their retirement putted ballsContinue reading “Whispering Leaves”

Ecology 2

This morning we drove to Ringwood for Jackie to make some purchases with her M & Co vouchers, and then on into the forest. Homeowners at Mockbeggar were happy for ponies to crop the lawns in front of their houses, but installed cattle grids to keep them from their inner sanctums and away from theirContinue reading “Ecology 2”

Jackie Frost

Although it wasn’t to last long, we awoke to our first proper frost of the season Jackie photographed the panoramic views from the dressing room and from the garden bedroom upstairs. She then toured the garden and brought back this gallery of images. As usual titles are given on accessing the gallery with a clickContinue reading “Jackie Frost”

Back To Sleep

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. At very brief intervals this morning the deceptive sun suggested it may brighten our day. We believe these little plants forcing their way between wet paving stones are chionodoxa. Just above them poppies are beginning to try their luck. Hairy little pulmonaria seem to tolerateContinue reading “Back To Sleep”

The Weather

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP IN ORDER TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, EACH MEMBER OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Early this morning we attended to bits of my body. First, Jackie drove us to the GP surgery in Milford on Sea where IContinue reading “The Weather”

Shooting One-Handed

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE CLUSTER TO ACCESS THE GALLERY, ANY MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL-SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CHECKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. THE LONE PICTURE CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK. Soon after Mat, Tess, and Poppy returned home I watched the recorded thrilling final quarterContinue reading “Shooting One-Handed”

Flounces

INDIVIDUAL IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING ON THEM, REPEATED IF REQUIRED. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN A CLUSTER ACCESS ITS GALLERY, EACH OF THOSE IN WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY CHECKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT We are experiencing a little colder spell at the moment, and, this morning drove outContinue reading “Flounces”