Woodland And Moorland

This morning I finished reading ‘Our Mutual Friend’ by Charles Dickens, and scanned the last three of Charles Keeping’s superb illustrations to my Folio Society edition of 1982. ‘Riderhood went over backward, Bradley Headstone upon him’ ‘They both laughed, till they were tired’ ‘A canopy of wet blanket seems to descend upon the company’ ChristopherContinue reading “Woodland And Moorland”

A Very Thoughtful Gift

As Jessie left this morning to return home to Primrose Hill, Jackie and I drove to Elizabeth’s to wait for a Parcel Force delivery while she kept a hospital appointment. We took a minor diversion through the forest on our way home. Groups of pigs from the verges and the greens of Pilley converged onContinue reading “A Very Thoughtful Gift”

Illustrations Accommodated By The Text

Early this afternoon we discovered a leak beneath a bathroom tap, dripping into our downstairs utility room. A local plumber could only promise a visit tomorrow afternoon, but said he would try to come later today. Considering that a pretty good response given the shortage of available plumbers nearer than Geelong, we were confined indoorsContinue reading “Illustrations Accommodated By The Text”

Friends From Montana And Switzerland

Early this morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/30/a-knights-tale-43-an-engagement/ Afterwards I scanned the next three of Charles Keeping’s excellent illustrations to ‘Our Mutual Friend’ ‘Georgiana ran up to embrace her’ ‘Wegg was holding him in the chair with the grip of a wrestler’ ‘Gruff and Glum waving his shovel hat at Bella’ This afternoon we very much enjoyedContinue reading “Friends From Montana And Switzerland”

Enough Petrol For Sunset

This morning was spent cleaning, tidying, and vacuuming the house, and completing bed-making. After lunch I scanned the next five of Charles Keeping’s inimitable illustrations to ‘Our Mutual Friend’. ‘ ‘There’s nothing new, I suppose’, said Venus’ gives the artist an opportunity to represent the distance between three men in the room by occupying aContinue reading “Enough Petrol For Sunset”

The Wind And The Rain

After overnight rain on a morning of winds still over 50 m.p.h. I was blown around the garden while investigating the damage. The sunlight was very strong, but birds remained silent. The pictures display a range of the comparatively minor disturbance requiring attention when the wind subsides. As usual, individual images are titled in theContinue reading “The Wind And The Rain”

Woodland Ecology

After lunch today I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/23/a-knights-tale-38-girls/ The day remained largely overcast, but reasonably warm, so, after a trip to Ferndene Farm Shop we took a drive among the forest lanes. I am not sure what these tractors were doing alongside Preston Lane, but they were sending up clouds of dust. We can never normally stopContinue reading “Woodland Ecology”

Considerable Versatility

This afternoon I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/21/a-knights-tale-36-some-schoolmasters/ Later, I scanned the next five of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to Charles Dickens’s ‘Our Mutual Friend’, demonstrating the artist’s considerable versatility. ‘ ‘Does anybody down there know what has happened?’ once more admirably depicts the fog – this time in a text sandwich. ‘Sweet delusion for Pleasant Riderhood’ ‘Bella arrivedContinue reading “Considerable Versatility”

Burnt Out

This morning I scanned three more of Charles Keeping’s excellent illustrations to ‘Our Mutual Friend’. ‘Conveniently elevated above the level of the living, were the dead’ ‘Tippins the divine’ The artist’s inspired evocation of Dickens’s ‘The whole metropolis was a heap of vapour charged with muffled sound of wheels’ prompted me to post https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/11/a-knights-tale-32-the-great-smog/ OnContinue reading “Burnt Out”

A Dazzled Spider

With our dry heat now reaching 30C we carried out watering this afternoon before retreating indoors where I posted: https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/07/a-knights-tale-29-early-interviews/ , read more of Dickens’s Our Mutual friend and scanned the next five of Charles Keeping’s Inimitable illustrations. ‘The objectionable Sloppy’ ‘She folded her hand round Lizzie’s neck, and rocked herself on Lizzie’s breast’ ‘RiderhoodContinue reading “A Dazzled Spider”