A Cervine Spectre

Jackie was up in the dark this morning, in time to photograph our first smattering of snow before the rain washed it away. This afternoon we drove to Crestwood in Lymington to complete the paperwork and pay a deposit on our new sitting room flooring which will be laid after Christmas. We continued on toContinue reading “A Cervine Spectre”

Fauna And Flora

This morning I watched the recorded Rugby World Cup quarter final match between England and Australia. After lunch Jackie drove us into the forest where most of the free ranging animals were on display. Donkeys with a foal basked in the sunshine at Bramshaw, where another wandered up a lane towards the green occupied byContinue reading “Fauna And Flora”

The Halloween Template

The day began as gloomy as yesterday. The early rain was quite light – enough for us to put in a stint of clearing up clippings and dead heading before it increased in ferocity. I watched recordings of the Rugby World Cup matches between USA and Tonga; between Wales and Uruguay; and between Ireland andContinue reading “The Halloween Template”

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”

More Than She Could Chew

Aaron works in all weathers. This morning, however warm enough, was even too wet for him. He visited anyway and we enjoyed a pleasant conversation over tea, coffee, and biscuits. Afterwards I watched England’s World Cup Rugby match against Tonga. Although this afternoon the skies remained overcast, the steady rain let up; Jackie worked onContinue reading “More Than She Could Chew”

Silent Companions

Today the light was dull; the weather warm and dry. This afternoon we visited Ferndene Farm shop to buy pork for tonight’s dinner. I joined a young lady happily photographing chickens on her phone. We had noticed that she had chosen a good vantage point. It was a matter of seconds before I discovered thatContinue reading “Silent Companions”

Bad Hair Day

This afternoon Jackie drove me to Eyeworth Pond and back to watch the birds. Golden gorse glowed in the sunshine on Hinchelsea Moor and many others. The deciduous trees, like this oak, are all filling with foliage. Walkers along the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive gave scale to the giant redwoods. Mandarin ducks are not native toContinue reading “Bad Hair Day”

A Penchant For Dried Leaves

This afternoon Jackie drove me to the GP’s in Milford on Sea to order a repeat prescription. We travelled via the winding, sunlit, autumnal, Barnes Lane. We then turned back to the north of the forest. Had the new traffic calming been installed on the road through Bramshaw, we wondered, in order to protect theContinue reading “A Penchant For Dried Leaves”