The First Of October

My Under Gardener tasks this cooler, more cloudy, morning consisted of a little clearing to compost and a lot of rose decapitation. Among the regular bloomers like the White Winchester Cathedral, the prolific bright yellow Absolutely Fabulous, and the fulsome Lady Emma Hamilton a number of repeat performers are taking the stage. Just Joey hasContinue reading “The First Of October”

Avian Pairs

Today was bright and sunny, if a little chilly. Because this was the weekend, there was a little more humanity on the forest roads, mainly in the form of family groups of walkers like these on St Leonards Road, and cyclists in pairs or singly, like this one on Sowley Lane. We had planned toContinue reading “Avian Pairs”

“The Only Fliers…..”

The sun smiled late and only fleetingly on us as we took a dull drive into the forest this morning. On an unnamed path near South Baddesley Road we discovered Two small crosses and a wreath adorn the autumnal acorn leaf carpet pattern beneath the board telling the story. Biggifying the map gives the locationContinue reading ““The Only Fliers…..””

Cervine Elegance

Occasional sunny spells on a clouded morning developed into bright sunshine by the time we drove into the forest this afternoon. Jackie spent some time collecting cuttings with which to populate the greenhouse pots. The orange poppies that last just a day don’t normally emerge from the soil until spring. We have several clumps now.Continue reading “Cervine Elegance”

The Freedom Of Their Cousins

Early this morning we took a drive into the forest.  From Lymington we entered the sun-dappled narrow, winding, Undershore towards Pilley, finding glimpses of autumn foliage there and in Lodge Road, across which a pair of female pheasants trotted. A group of somnolent ponies occupied Bull Hill. What. I often wonder, do the field horsesContinue reading “The Freedom Of Their Cousins”

Lunchtime

Part of Mum’s deal at Woodpeckers Care home is that she can entertain guests to lunch once a week. Elizabeth, Jackie, and I were her visitors today. My meal was Cajun chicken with Lyonnaise potatoes, carrots, and curly kale; the others opted for gammon. Mum chose stewed apricots with ice cream for dessert; the restContinue reading “Lunchtime”

This Later Season

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT This morning I learned that my PSA result was clear – no action required. It is an interesting phenomenon that this is one situation in whichContinue reading “This Later Season”

Why Did The Pheasant Cross The Road?

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT LONE PICTURES JUST NEED A CLICK FOR ENLARGEMENT. Yesterday evening we enjoyed the usual excellent food and friendly efficient service in the perfect company of Elizabeth,Continue reading “Why Did The Pheasant Cross The Road?”

Almost Blown Away

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. James, of Peacock Computers, visited to examine the iMac, and took it away to restore it to working order. In anticipation of the Apple’s removal, I had scanned a set of photographic prints from May 1993 onto the Windows laptop. We had also thought the weather wouldContinue reading “Almost Blown Away”

A Rescue Operation

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT AS REQUIRED This morning turned out to be rather longer than planned and required a little more energy than anticipated to be expended. We began with a trip to New Milton for shopping, including a new watch strap for me. We then returned home to collect two large bagsContinue reading “A Rescue Operation”