From Garden To Woodland

Jackie spent much of the morning working in the greenhouse, alongside which this is the view to the yellowing weeping birch. Pansies are blooming in the iron urn and in hanging baskets; others of which contain such as petunias and calendulas. It is still the season for dahlias of varying hues. A variety of fuchsiasContinue reading “From Garden To Woodland”

Still Tagging Along

Work continued on the Rose Garden this morning. We used a metal mallet to straighten the legs of the recent acquired rusty obelisks and hammer them into position. More fallen leaves from the copper beech tree were swept, gathered up with big hands, and deposited into black bags in bin subsequently transferred to the compostContinue reading “Still Tagging Along”

Taking A Chance

There is a direct path from the kitchen window featuring our late beloved blogging friend, Pauline’s, light catcher to my computer station. The light prism cast by this often accompanies me as it did this morning – a comforting reminder of a lovely lady. After a reading session this afternoon Jackie drove me to PuttlesContinue reading “Taking A Chance”

Pork Scratchings

On our visit to Mum at Woodpeckers Care Home this morning she may have had difficulty remembering what she was meant to be doing this week, but her reminiscing was pretty sharp. It was sometime in the 1980s that I ran The Paris Marathon and she hadn’t been there but she told us all aboutContinue reading “Pork Scratchings”

A Change Of Diet

The morning was dry with bouts of sunshine when Jackie wandered around the garden with her camera. She went out to photograph the Amistad salvia but got carried away and also pictured agapanthus seeds, dahlias, rudbeckias, roses, clerodendrum trichotomum, begonias, fuchsias, sedum, phlox; and a fly, wasps, and a shield bug perched on ivy flowers.Continue reading “A Change Of Diet”

Black Looks

This afternoon we visited Elizabeth to have a look at her work on a camellia shrub on which she had sought Jackie’s advice yesterday, and to invite her to dinner this evening. She had done a good job and was pleased to accept the invitation. On this drizzle-dismal day we drove through increasingly descending precipitationContinue reading “Black Looks”

Thunder

This morning I read in the car while Jackie shopped first in Milford Supplies for hand gel, wipes, and a mask; then for pansies in Ferndene Farm Shop, after which we continued into the forest, where Holmsley Passage displayed signs of autumn in the form of partially nibbled mushrooms, vibrant wild rose hips, and goldenContinue reading “Thunder”

Back With Foal

Heavy rain and violent winds raged throughout the night and until midday, after which the cloud canopy cracked revealing a range of skyscapes such as these over Beaulieu Heath on our forest drive this afternoon. Before this we dumped the rest of our garden refuse in the Efford Recycling Centre and returned home with twoContinue reading “Back With Foal”

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”

In Their Element

Although steady rain returned this afternoon, this morning’s weather was bright and sunny, so we, wisely as it turned out, paid attention to the forecast and took a forest drive. Tanners Lane, down which, as so often, we encountered ponies on our way to the beach has been impossible to negotiate during the tourist season.Continue reading “In Their Element”