Lucky For Pigs

On a gloomier and warmer afternoon than yesterday we took a drive into the forest. The pannage season has this year been extended into December. A group of snuffling, snorting, competitive, piglets on the muddy verge at Ibsley burrowed as far into the leafy coverlet as they could to emerge with acorns from the treeContinue reading “Lucky For Pigs”

A Reflective Conversation

This morning Ronan of Tom Sutton Heating gave our boiler its annual service and investigated our inability to control the heating by thermostat. He found a piece of equipment was malfunctioning and will book in another visit to fix it. I didn’t really take in what it was. After lunch we drove to Elizabeth’s toContinue reading “A Reflective Conversation”

“Behind You!”

Early this morning we took a trip in the driving rain which was to continue well into the afternoon. The time span of these pictures was about one hour beginning with the first on Southampton Road just after 10 a.m. Jackie parked beside Royden Lane so that I could photograph a tree and raindrops fallingContinue reading ““Behind You!””

The Tenacious Rose

The Golden Cockerel Press was an English fine press operating between 1920 and 1961. Its history and further information can be found in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Cockerel_Press. Tapster’s Tapestry is a little gem of satirical phantasy published in 1938 which I finished reading last night. These two illustrations are of the title page and the jacket, repeating oneContinue reading “The Tenacious Rose”

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”