South Sway Lane

This morning Jackie drove me to the surgery at Milford on Sea where I received my booster Covid vaccination with no problems. We then continued on forest drive. I stepped out of the car at South Sway Lane, where a fine specimen of buttercups lined the verges opposite the ubiquitous cow parsley, and carpeted fieldsContinue reading “South Sway Lane”

From High Street To Forest Roads

This morning I received an e-mail containing photographs from my brother-in-law Ron Salinger from his Spanish holiday with Shelly. These featured a celebration of the victory of the Battle of Albuera, known as the bloodiest battle of the Peninsular War. Here is a link to the extensive Wikipedia entry on the event: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Albuera Afterwards, JackieContinue reading “From High Street To Forest Roads”

A Surfeit Of Foals

This afternoon Jackie drove me into the forest. She spotted a possibly sleeping foal on the verge of Wilverley Road and parked the car so I could walk back to find the prone animal. As I reached it it clambered to its feet and sought the comfort of its mother who twitched her tail, perhapsContinue reading “A Surfeit Of Foals”

Sleeping List

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/05/11/a-knights-tale-132-awaiting-the-arrival/ While streaking rain of varying velocity pelted upon us all afternoon, Jackie drove Flo and me to Lyndhurst where our granddaughter bought a selection of craft materials. On our return home we diverted into woodland around Brockenhurst. An egret in Highland Water flew off just after I took this shot.Continue reading “Sleeping List”

The House In The Wood

This afternoon Jackie, Flo, Elizabeth, and I visited The House in the Wood garden outside Beaulieu, under the National Gardens Scheme. The photographs can speak for themselves, although each one is titled in the gallery. Beside Hatchet Lane on our return home we encountered our first foals of the season: both donkeys, and ponies, oneContinue reading “The House In The Wood”

Whose Core?

After a visit to Ferndene Farm shop this morning Jackie drove me into the forest, where, as in Beckley Common Road, posts protecting verges along lanes are being planted to keep off the eagerly anticipated summer influx of visiting vehicles. Field horses along this road are already wearing their fly masks protecting eyes and earsContinue reading “Whose Core?”

Grooming

This afternoon I finally managed to post completed forms to Mum’s Bank and to the Premium Bonds Centre in order to release funds for distribution to the legatees. I popped them into the normally decorated box on Pilley Hill. No doubt the anonymous knitter is between tribute designs. Buttercups and daisies carpet the bank behindContinue reading “Grooming”

Spot The Ball

After a Tesco shop this afternoon Jackie drove me into the forest. Along Holmsley Road we had plenty of time to watch the ponies inside an elongated Emlor Polo horse box as the driver executed an impressive reverse. Daises covered the lumpy terrain of Mill Lane with its reflecting pools; its gorse enhanced woodland; andContinue reading “Spot The Ball”

Slaking Its Thirst

On another bright-sunny-cool afternoon I took a tour of the garden In the front crab apple blossom, and clematis Montana, the first accompanied by budding pink climbing roses, the second by hybrid bluebells. I made a number of images from upstairs, The views from the stable door and from the kitchen path towards the greenhouseContinue reading “Slaking Its Thirst”