Pork Scratchings

On our visit to Mum at Woodpeckers Care Home this morning she may have had difficulty remembering what she was meant to be doing this week, but her reminiscing was pretty sharp. It was sometime in the 1980s that I ran The Paris Marathon and she hadn’t been there but she told us all aboutContinue reading “Pork Scratchings”

Salvaging A Squandered Sunny Afternoon

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The power cut we had experienced two evenings ago had alerted me to the fact that I did not know who supplied our electricity. And I had never, in three years, received a bill. I speculated that I may be able to surmise the reason for this.Continue reading “Salvaging A Squandered Sunny Afternoon”

Poppy Does Watering

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. As we sat on the patio chairs with Aaron and his partner Leah, discussing the morning’s gardening, Poppy appeared in the kitchen doorway. Matthew soon followed, completing the pleasant surprise. Granny was soon enjoying a cuddle. Poppy pottered around playing with pebbles and a car given toContinue reading “Poppy Does Watering”

Overwintering At Lepe

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THE SMALLER GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES. Late this morning Jackie drove us to Lepe where we enjoyed a brunch in the cafe by the beach. Gulls scavenged among the pebbles and the seaweed that proved there is a stronger wet smell than that of damp dog. You see, the seaweed aromaContinue reading “Overwintering At Lepe”

A Day Trip To Mousehole

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED It was another dull day today. Aaron and Sean worked in the garden, finishing the log shelter, clearing rubbish, doing dump trips, and beginning to cut down the grizelinia hedge – now substantial trees. I scanned another batch of colour negatives from the Instow holiday of 1985.Continue reading “A Day Trip To Mousehole”

A Wildlife Garden

CLICK ON IMAGES (ESPECIALLY THE CRICKET) TO ENLARGE. REPEAT (ESPECIALLY THE CRICKET) IF REQUIRED. DID I MENTION THE CRICKET? It is two years since we were last assisting our friend Giles in opening his garden in Milford on Sea. Once more, today, we took the first stint in his rota. Overnight rain had only recently desistedContinue reading “A Wildlife Garden”

Before And After: The Dragon Bed And The Head Gardener’s Walk

Here is today’s photograph of Jackie’s up to date planting of the front garden featured yesterday. The gravelly soil has been supplemented by earth dug out from around the corner. When we cleared an area rampant with bramble beneath a ficus so leggy that its limbs sought comfort in the neighbouring fir, holly, and bayContinue reading “Before And After: The Dragon Bed And The Head Gardener’s Walk”

The Decade That Fashion Forgot

The 1970s have variously been described as the decade that fashion, or taste, forgot. Anyone watching early episodes of such as ‘The Sweeney’, that iconic TV detective series, will probably dissolve into laughter at the sight of the flares, or trousers with wide flared bottoms, that were all you could  buy in those days. Orange, brown,Continue reading “The Decade That Fashion Forgot”

A Beach Beauty

This afternoon I scanned a batch of colour slides from a holiday at Iwade in August 1972. One has already featured in ‘The Hat’. Here are some of the others: Pebbles on the sand at the Isle of Sheppey were quite thinly spread near the water’s edge, but covered the beach further up, where BeckyContinue reading “A Beach Beauty”

At Least Wells Garage Can Be Relied Upon

Once more, yesterday’s planned exchange of contracts on the house purchase didn’t take place. To compound the issue, the date for completion has been postponed by the seller’s solicitors who aren’t very good at answering their phone or responding to messages, meaning that we would need to put furniture into storage with the consequent additionalContinue reading “At Least Wells Garage Can Be Relied Upon”