Preening Swans

Today the air was cold; the cotton-clouded cerulean skies bright and sunny. After lunch we took a drive as far as Hatchet Moor and back, enabling me to tramp over the burnt gorse Nash battlefield beside the lake. Beaulieu Road is lined with pools surrounding the rooted feet of trees which are generally dry inContinue reading “Preening Swans”

Bleeding Heart Yard

After two more chapters of ‘Little Dorrit’ I scanned two more of Charles Keeping’s excellent illustrations. In ‘He ate all that was put before him’, Keeping has accurately depicted the character Christopher Hibbert described as the ‘one truly evil character in the book’. ‘You got out of the Yard by a low gateway into aContinue reading “Bleeding Heart Yard”

Christmas Covid-Cancelled, Collecting Easter Eggs

Today we took an early lunch and drove to Tesco for our big shop. As usual I sat in the car, Jackie did the business, and I intended to read my book. After one page my sister, Jacqueline, phoned me and that was the end of the reading. In fact Tesco wasn’t too difficult, soContinue reading “Christmas Covid-Cancelled, Collecting Easter Eggs”

A Hefty Kick

The weather today, albeit dry, was at its most gloomy. Even the animals kept away. When we took a brief forest drive there was a definite dearth of donkeys and a patent paucity of ponies, except for a few grazing alongside Furzey Lane at Beaulieu. The first grey in this group, and the lone bayContinue reading “A Hefty Kick”

Safe Distance Enjoyment

When a dull day began to brighten up we drove into the forest for a while. Constantly changing skies, reflected in pothole pools, swept over the moorland bounding Holmsley Passage and its footpaths. Sun-tipped ponies pastured on grass, bracken and holly on the borders of Burley golf course. The forest car parks were all fullContinue reading “Safe Distance Enjoyment”

Happy New Year!

Early on what would prove to be the brightest part of the day, Jackie disappeared into the garden and returned with a range of frosty photographs, each of which is identified upon accessing the gallery by clicking on any image. By the time we drove out to Elizabeth’s to wish her a socially distanced theContinue reading “Happy New Year!”

Soggy

Although the skies were to brighten later, when we drove into the forest this morning light flakes of fluffy snow had already evaporated to integrate with liquid precipitation. Jackie parked the Modus at Crockford Clump and I squelched across waterlogged moorland and clambered over undulating slopes the basins of which became their own reflecting, rippling,Continue reading “Soggy”

My Carrots!

Despite the amount of Christmas preparation still to be done, the clear skies bright sunshine this morning following last night’s steady overnight rain demanded a forest outing, so we complied. The rain left its mark on the lanes like Lower Sandy Down, and on much of the terrain, like this on the reflecting green atContinue reading “My Carrots!”

Sunset Dancing

During the first decade of this millennium, when I was more ambulant, I created a Streets of London series regularly scanned for these posts. This one contains a Banksy wall: https://derrickjknight.com/2018/11/20/mostly-around-notting-hill/ Yesterday I discovered this image of Lancaster Road W11 filed with the Brompton Cemetery pictures. By coincidence it features more wall art. I spentContinue reading “Sunset Dancing”

A Nippy Little Pig

When I ran regularly across London to work I would adapt my route according to traffic conditions. This is what Jackie did early this morning as we took a drive in what we knew would be the very small window of reasonable light when she had to follow a huge vehicle negotiating its way alongContinue reading “A Nippy Little Pig”