The First Foal

We took an early morning trip into the forest today. A favourite route takes us through Holmesley Passage which links the A35 with the Burley Road. Each time we drive along this slender, serpentine, disintegrating rat run we wonder if it will be our last – so rapidly is the tarmac crumbling. Nevertheless, the landscapesContinue reading “The First Foal”

That’s One I Made Earlier

The Milford Conservation Volunteers have developed a Wildlife Garden Project. This morning, as we travelled to Studland Drive, couples were seen walking all over the village clutching brochures which gave them admission to 25 gardens in the small coastal town. One of these was the home of our old friend Giles Darvill, coordinator of theContinue reading “That’s One I Made Earlier”

Cock Of The Walk

The Scrabble controversy featured on 29th May continues apace.  A multinational petition has been embarked upon on Facebook.  Old stagers are leaving in droves.  The UK’s Daily Mail has even taken up the cause.  Mattel don’t seem to be able to sell their advertising space, because the only ads that do currently feature are thoseContinue reading “Cock Of The Walk”

Aviemore

Beside many cattle grids are placed small pedestrian gates, for ease of crossing.  Most people seem to either drive or walk over the grids.  Mat’s little Jack Russell, Oddie, simply trips across them.  Flo’s Scooby, on the other hand, managed to slip and hurt his foot on one.  Our lower drive gate is so seldomContinue reading “Aviemore”

Renovations

Shafts of sunlight from across the frosted lawn early this morning signalled the glorious day we were to have.  As I walked through Minstead joyous church bells vied with celebratory birdsong for attention.  The solitary crowing cock barely competed. Berry stopped her car and got out for a chat.  She has been engaged in rescuingContinue reading “Renovations”