View From The Pillbox

The briefest glimpse of the weak sun effecting a halo on the silhouetted lonely pigeon in the copper beech that Jackie photographed this morning was its only appearance on this otherwise grimly dismal day. She had left the house from the stable door in order to sweep beneath the wisteria arbour. Nugget, immediately perching onContinue reading “View From The Pillbox”

Lovey Dovey

Last night I watched a recording of yesterday’s Rugby World Cup match between Wales and Fiji, and this afternoon that between Argentina and USA. This morning we took a short drive into the forest. The leaves of deciduous trees viewed before Sway Tower from South Sway Lane are just trying on autumnal tinges, and someContinue reading “Lovey Dovey”

Nesting Teapots

Before visiting Otter Nurseries for compost this morning we took a drive into the forest. We met two different large vans on Undershore. This was the widest, straightest, end of this narrow sinuous lane. A solitary pony made its way past a row of old thatched cottages facing the green at Pilley. On the outskirtsContinue reading “Nesting Teapots”

Nest Building

For some time now, Aaron, our very own Green Man, has been working his way through the removal of the stumps of the old grizelinia hedging that he cut down a year or two back. This morning he completed the task. We now have several clusters of snake’s head fritillaries; orange and yellow epimedium, whichContinue reading “Nest Building”

Always A Drop To Drink

Today was milder and wetter. Last autumn, Jackie had planted up a pair of tubs for Mum’s garden. Now the intended recipient occupies a care home, one of these graces the garden of her empty bungalow. The other stands in front of the trellis adorning our garage door. We took a short trip to theContinue reading “Always A Drop To Drink”

Who’s The Daddy?

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING BOX TO BOTTOM RIGHT As soon as the shops were open this morning we set off on a slipper hunt for my hospital stay. We found a pair immediately atContinue reading “Who’s The Daddy?”

Was It Something In The Water?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning was spent Christmas shopping in New Milton and in Brockenhurst Jackie parked the car in Butts Lane, Brockenhurs and I walked alongside the stream beside it. At the far end a ford leads to Park Close. The water level gauge shows it is quite shallowContinue reading “Was It Something In The Water?”

Back Drive Progress

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. We spent the morning of another dull, overcast, day continuing the general tidying of the garden. Many new aquilegias are fully or partially¬†blooming. Over the last few days JackieContinue reading “Back Drive Progress”

Looking Up

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This afternoon I printed a batch of photographs for Louisa and one in duplicate for Ian. All these images have appeared on previous posts, but that for Ian, of his father,Peter, and stepmother, Ally, has been cropped from aContinue reading “Looking Up”