Patent Love

Our neighbour, Gordon, who lives in Old Rode House, Downton Lane, this morning gave us this typed version of an article from The Mansfield and Sutton Times of 29th June 1928: The highlighted paragraph is the one that specifically features our little hamlet, and is, incidentally evidence that our house was certainly built before theContinue reading “Patent Love”

Setting Ducks Into Flight

This morning we began filling the new wardrobe, which meant bagging up for disposal many clothes we will never wear again. Afterwards I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/11/06/a-knights-tale-59-about-the-children/ This afternoon we took a drive into the forest. Our first stops were at Pilley, where the lake is beginning to recede once more, and rippling water lines the edgesContinue reading “Setting Ducks Into Flight”

Ready For Her Close Up

This morning we drove Jan, Bob, and DeAna to New Milton station for the next stage of their journey to Switzerland. Jan e-mailed me three photographs taken on the platform for Waterloo. Jackie and Jan by De; Jan and Derrick by De; and Bob and De by Jan. A brief inspection of further storm damageContinue reading “Ready For Her Close Up”

Seeking Shelter

On a dank, drizzly, morning we visited Lymington High Street early to buy birthday presents. We had to wait half an hour for one shop to open, so I took the opportunity for a spot of people watching. Cyclists negotiated other traffic; a number of toddlers rode in buggies; some were prepared for rain, whileContinue reading “Seeking Shelter”

Attached To A Petal

Today dawned bright and sunny with a welcome breeze to lessen the gathering heat and humidity which made gardening too unpleasant after we returned home from an outing. By courtesy of Danni’s voucher birthday present to Jackie we enjoyed a most enjoyable brunch at Rosie Lea Tea Room (ex The Hobler Inn) on Southampton Road.Continue reading “Attached To A Petal”

The Sound Of Tearing Grass

Humid, leaden, weather continued today, although there was no threat of rain. After a dozy morning I attempted to join Jackie in the garden. I bagged up one set of refuse before realising that this was far too optimistic following the night that had just sapped my energy. The Head Gardener finished her planting, thenContinue reading “The Sound Of Tearing Grass”

Chekhov Stories

On an even hotter day today we started gardening even earlier. While Jackie concentrated on tidying and watering, despite the efforts of another dislodged and overhanging climbing rose, I cleared another arm of the Rose Garden of weeds. Just before lunch, Mark and Rob, two of Aaron’s team, arrived to set about the Back Drive.Continue reading “Chekhov Stories”

“Where’s Elizabeth?” (2)

Although the day became somewhat brighter and warmer as it progressed, it was really quite dull and cold until mid-afternoon. This morning we took a brief trip to Ferndene Farm Shop where the Head Gardener bought three more bags of compost and trays of bedding plants. This afternoon we carried out a Tesco shop inContinue reading ““Where’s Elizabeth?” (2)”

May

I suppose it is fair to say that “we” shopped at Tesco this morning. Our usual division of labour on such trips applied. Jackie dons a mask and spends up to an hour dodging other customers to reach the aisles; I sit in the car reading – today more chapters of ‘Nicholas Nickleby’; Jackie bringsContinue reading “May”

Back Inside The Lamb

Yesterday evening we met Elizabeth and Danni inside The Lamb Inn at Nomansland for our first permitted meal together since the months long Covid lockdown. Jackie’s photograph of Danni arriving shows that masks had to be worn on entry and walking about, but could be removed while seated. Three of us chose chicken, ham, andContinue reading “Back Inside The Lamb”