“They’ll All Disappear Quickly Into The Woodland”

After dropping off our menu choices at Karen and Barry’s home in Pennington on this cool morning of clear blue skies and bright sunshine we continued for a forest drive. Along Wilverley Road we stopped beside Setthorn’s campsite where a sylvan sprite had forged a heart in the trunk of a woodland oak. Immediately oppositeContinue reading ““They’ll All Disappear Quickly Into The Woodland””

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”

We Needed The Horse Whisperer

On an only slightly cooler morning with the sun coming in and out, after a trip to the pharmacy at Milford on Sea we took drive along the coast before continuing inland. A slight haze lay across the Isle of Wight while choppy waves slid back and forth on the wet shingle; sunlight stars glintedContinue reading “We Needed The Horse Whisperer”

Time For A Woodland Drive

Early this morning Richard and Al of Kitchen Makers visited to cut the bottom off the new inner door and return it to its position. They brought a trestle in order to measure and cut the door in the front garden. Before they put back the door, they carried the long case clock into theContinue reading “Time For A Woodland Drive”

Traffic Control Duties

On the morning of a very dull day we cleared much more of the wisteria arbour. We have now realised that the plant itself held the posts in check, thus protecting the greenhouse and the potted plants. Jackie carefully extricated the beams from the clutches of the heavily pruned wisteria, and, apart from a coupleContinue reading “Traffic Control Duties”

A Spot Of Pedicure

Jackie drove us to Ferndene Farm shop where she bought eggs, a leg of lamb, and vegetables while I photographed some of the produce displayed outside, including pumpkins, cut flowers, cyclamen and pansies. A pair of roofers worked across the road. On this warm, damp, and largely overcast day the sun briefly signalled its presenceContinue reading “A Spot Of Pedicure”

Attempting To Take A Drink

This afternoon I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/10/24/a-knights-tale-56-how-i-became-a-team-leader/ Early this morning I had raced around the garden at dawn in my dressing gown and slippers in order to keep pace with the fast moving clouds enhanced by a splendid sunrise which turned out to have been the brightest part of an otherwise largely overcast day. Smoky indigo andContinue reading “Attempting To Take A Drink”

On Bréhec Beach

Last night I began reading and scanned, in addition to this Title Page and Frontispiece, three more of Charles Keeping’s wonderful illustrations. ‘My very particular friend Miss Tox’ has been depicted by the artist faithful to the author to the very last line. ‘Miss Tox soon returned with the party under convoy’ is again portrayedContinue reading “On Bréhec Beach”

Woodland And Moorland

This morning I finished reading ‘Our Mutual Friend’ by Charles Dickens, and scanned the last three of Charles Keeping’s superb illustrations to my Folio Society edition of 1982. ‘Riderhood went over backward, Bradley Headstone upon him’ ‘They both laughed, till they were tired’ ‘A canopy of wet blanket seems to descend upon the company’ ChristopherContinue reading “Woodland And Moorland”

Today’s Hobbyhorses

Our extended Indian summer continues. Early this morning the three of us spent some time in the garden where I photographed a number of blooms, the names of which are all included in the galleries. The blue Morning Glories only flowered for the first time last week. Bees are still plundering the cosmoses. After thisContinue reading “Today’s Hobbyhorses”