The Toughest Terrain Yet

This afternoon Jackie deposited me outside The Rising Sun at Bashley, whence I crossed the road and entered the heathland with its ubiquitous ponies and golden gorse bound for a leisurely walk.. We have driven past this spot on countless occasions, yet I was taken aback by the pitted hoof prints that would seriously impedeContinue reading “The Toughest Terrain Yet”

The Chase

Today, albeit cool, was bright and sunny throughout. Jackie, once again this morning, found basic items in short or absent supply in the shops. Without compunction she acquired the last two bottles of Hoegaarden. This afternoon we went for a drive in the forest. What is usually a fairly shallow pool on the road fromContinue reading “The Chase”

Water Under The Bridge

Today’s weather pattern was again that of sunshine and showers. This morning Margery and Paul visited to return my copy of “Framley Parsonage’ and to borrow “Can He Forgive Her?” and “The Last Chronicle of Barset”. At this rate our nonagenarian friend will finish reading my Trollopes before I do. It will come as noContinue reading “Water Under The Bridge”

Through The Window

Another day of steady rain washing windswept windows; greasing patio paving; puddling paths; pearling maple branches; glazing garden views; dowsing patient sparrows; refreshing colourful¬†camellias,   and pink prunus Autumnalis, ensured a day of Hardy reading and through-the-window photography. This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy chicken curry and savoury rice followed by baklavas with whichContinue reading “Through The Window”

First Steps

Knowing that this would be our last fine day until next week we took an early drive into the forest before returning to Sears Barbers at Milford on Sea where Peter cut my hair. Cotton clouds propelled by a chill east wind scudded across cerulean skies. Bright yellow daffodils lined many of the verges likeContinue reading “First Steps”

One For Quercus

High winds gusted and steady rain fell throughout the morning, only lifting at 2 p.m. when we set off to South Sway Lane in order visit our equine friend with the striking eyes. Unbeknown to each other we both carried a carrot. Now we have a spare in the car. First Jackie photographed a pheasant,Continue reading “One For Quercus”

Coastal Canine Capers

Lured into a clifftop car park at Milford on Sea by the prospect of watching choppy seas crashing against The Needles. We were on our way to the pharmacy to collect a repeat prescription. The parking tarmac was liberally strewn with shingle thrown up from the shore below; spray surged over the sea wall. DogContinue reading “Coastal Canine Capers”

Respect The Water

Storm Ciara hit us during the night and continued throughout the day. After lunch we drove to Milford on Sea. We seemed to have joined a weekday rush hour – except that it is Sunday. The coastal car parks were chock-a-block with other vehicles. Families and other groups were out in earnest bent on watchingContinue reading “Respect The Water”

Sylvan Ecology

This morning we shopped at Setley Ridge Garden Centre for a birthday present,¬†and continued to Rhinefield Ornamental Drive where Jackie parked in Blackwater Car Park while I followed a group of younger walkers, who were soon out of sight, into the forest, which is strewn with arboreal detritus in various stages of contribution to theContinue reading “Sylvan Ecology”

Raindrops

It was a shame that we were only due sunshine and lack of rain this morning, because I needed to be at home for the Openreach engineer engaged by BT. I won’t dwell on this, but, although the man turned up on time the problem is not resolved. It didn’t help that he hadn’t beenContinue reading “Raindrops”