A Green Christmas

On a very damp and dull afternoon we drove to Fagan’s in New Milton for Jackie to buy me a Christmas present. Later, when twilight was approaching we visited Milford on Sea to see the decorated village green. The blustery weather was already wreaking a certain amount of havoc on the displays. I needed toContinue reading “A Green Christmas”

Hatchet Pond At Dusk

Today’s Christmas rose is this peach one from the patio bed. The neighbouring clematis Cirrhosa Freckles festoons the grateful gazebo. The now solitary pigeon still perches praying for the return of its deceased mate. Nugget now spends much of his time outside the stable door where he enjoys sole use of the feeder by theContinue reading “Hatchet Pond At Dusk”

Sweeping Up

Today was mostly spent preparing for family Christmas arrivals. This involved last minute present wrapping, bed-making, general tidying; and in Jackie’s case early morning shopping and multiple food preparation. I took a short break to continue my sweeping up of the remnants of my colour slide archives. I never knew his name, but here isContinue reading “Sweeping Up”

Sharing The Duchess Of Cornwall’s Bench

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 According to Wikipedia: ‘The WI [Women’s Institute] movement began at Stoney Creek, Ontario in Canada in 1897 when Adelaide Hoodless addressed a meeting for the wivesContinue reading “Sharing The Duchess Of Cornwall’s Bench”

May Fair

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Incessant rain had hammered down for 24 hours after the family left yesterday. It was not until mid afternoon that we could go outside to survey the damage and stake up the taller plants like these nicotiana sylvestris that had been beaten and weighed down. Some, such as theContinue reading “May Fair”

The Catch

Giles had left his cap at our house on his last visit. This morning we drove round to return it. As he appeared to be out, after knocking, I pushed the headgear through the letter box and prepared to leave. A giant snail on the window sill caught my attention and I paused to photographContinue reading “The Catch”

Portrait Of A Village

A sprinkling of rain refreshed us as we wandered round the garden this morning, discovering everywhere a fine varied crop of hellebores in full bloom. This afternoon Jackie had a coffee date with Helen. Although the high temperature in Milford on Sea was only forecast to reach 3 to 4 degrees, we were to expectContinue reading “Portrait Of A Village”

‘Not Two Peoples…….’

When you wake up at 6 a.m. in an all-electric house to find you have a power cut and cannot make your morning coffee; and you have often passed a cafe in New Milton that professes to open at 6.30, there is only one thing to do. We did it. Dopily, Jackie drove us toContinue reading “‘Not Two Peoples…….’”