Redecoration Completed

While Nick Hayter continued with his transformation of our kitchen, I printed him a set of pictures of his progress “on the job”, including this one demonstrating his mask-less cutting-in skill produced this morning. Downton Service Station had already provided our Modus with a new clutch and handbrake by 10 a.m., so we happily collectedContinue reading “Redecoration Completed”

I Did As I Was Told

Today Nick Hayter continued turning our kitchen into a magazine-worthy product such as it can never have been since the house was built. In the meantime I scanned another batch of colour slides from Highgate West cemetery, mostly from September 2008. The bluebells in this image including the gravestone of Henry and Eric Holgate, suggestContinue reading “I Did As I Was Told”

Splashed Stalactites

This morning Nick Hayter performed more painstaking preparation work on our kitchen. Apart from exemplary decorating he exhibits enviable flexibility. An Antipodean friend, in order the more safely to transport some important paperwork to another part of the UK, e-mailed the documents to me to print out and post in snail mail. This mission wasContinue reading “Splashed Stalactites”

Fine Floury Precipitation

This morning, while Nick Hayter continued decorating our kitchen after Barry had repaired the leaking roof, I watched the fourth day’s play of the Test match between India and England at Chennai broadcast on Channel 4. This afternoon we drove to Grove Pharmacy at Christchurch Hospital for Jackie’s first Covid-19 vaccination. Her procedure was evenContinue reading “Fine Floury Precipitation”

Autumn Reflections

Jackie and I each photographed a few flowers blooming yesterday morning. Here are the Assistant Photographer’s contributions. The first three are of Mrs Popple fuchsias and a giant which has lost its label; next is a white solanum with the bright blue Ali Baba planter in the background; the hanging baskets following contain petunias andContinue reading “Autumn Reflections”

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”

He Flies Like A Bird

Today Nick was mostly painting woodwork. This afternoon we shopped at Tesco and at Milford on Sea Pharmacy. There were queues at neither outlet. From Tesco we drove to Milford on Sea via Angel Lane alongside which Jackie parked and I walked a while, photographing woodland, a mossy oak, a mushroom, and autumn leaves floatingContinue reading “He Flies Like A Bird”

More Than It Could Chew

First published in 1936, just three years before the outbreak of World War 2, “Eyeless in Gaza” is possibly Aldous Huxley’s most acclaimed work. His familiar themes of the tension between emotional and intellectual lives of his privileged hedonistic characters are explored in depth with his usual insightful knowledge of these self-centred human beings. HeContinue reading “More Than It Could Chew”

Reversing Hokusai’s Wave

Nick continued his meticulous preparation work on the sitting room today. The first four of these pictures show him filling blemishes; in the next he tests his smoothing success; the last shows a filled section of wall. This was all done before we left him to it and travelled to Tyrell’s Ford hotel for lunchContinue reading “Reversing Hokusai’s Wave”