Today’s Hobbyhorses

Our extended Indian summer continues. Early this morning the three of us spent some time in the garden where I photographed a number of blooms, the names of which are all included in the galleries. The blue Morning Glories only flowered for the first time last week. Bees are still plundering the cosmoses. After thisContinue reading “Today’s Hobbyhorses”

Three Little Pigs

On this oppressively warm and overcast afternoon we took a brief drive into the forest. Unobliging cattle grazing on Bull Hill took off across the road when I disembarked from the Modus to photograph them. Jackie provided me with today’s title when she said that it was a shame that a fourth piglet joined theContinue reading “Three Little Pigs”

A Dog Cart

Late this morning I published https://derrickjknight.com/2021/10/06/a-knights-tale-46-ok-how-did-you-do-it/ We then drove to Steamer Point and brunched at the Beach Hut Café at Friars Cliff. This has been our first visit since before Covid. I needed no further sustenance this evening. Many customers dined alfresco. We were the only couple inside, because we couldn’t find a place toContinue reading “A Dog Cart”

Rooting And Wallowing

This morning while Jackie shopped at Tesco I carried out a bunch of dead heading. After lunch I wandered around the garden with my camera and photographed a range of blooms, each of which is titled in the gallery; a bee on a cosmos and a comma butterfly on verbena bonariensis. Later this afternoon weContinue reading “Rooting And Wallowing”

Lucky For Pigs

On a gloomier and warmer afternoon than yesterday we took a drive into the forest. The pannage season has this year been extended into December. A group of snuffling, snorting, competitive, piglets on the muddy verge at Ibsley burrowed as far into the leafy coverlet as they could to emerge with acorns from the treeContinue reading “Lucky For Pigs”

The Tenacious Rose

The Golden Cockerel Press was an English fine press operating between 1920 and 1961. Its history and further information can be found in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Cockerel_Press. Tapster’s Tapestry is a little gem of satirical phantasy published in 1938 which I finished reading last night. These two illustrations are of the title page and the jacket, repeating oneContinue reading “The Tenacious Rose”

A Close Encounter Of The Porcine Kind

I have often featured cattle and other animals basking beneath Bramshaw’s ancient oak. These pictures were produced in November 2018. This morning the unburied corpse of this once mighty giant, some of its limbs chopped up, lay across the green, being investigated by a solitary calf which is hidden in three of these images. TheContinue reading “A Close Encounter Of The Porcine Kind”

As Happy As A Pig In The Proverbial

Earlier today I watched recordings of the rugby World Cup matches between Australia and Uruguay and between England and Argentina. After lunch we took a drive up to the north of the forest. Pigs are free for the next six weeks or so to enjoy searching for acorns and other forest fruits, known as mast,Continue reading “As Happy As A Pig In The Proverbial”

Have You Lost Your Specs?

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, ANY MEMBER OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER ENLARGEMENT MAY BE OBTAINED WITH A CLICK OR TWO Much of my morning was spent reminiscing with my sister, Jacqueline. A number of my storiesContinue reading “Have You Lost Your Specs?”