Home For Dinner?

In my post ‘Not Done With Pickwick’ I featured Frank Reynolds’s colour plates from Hodder & Stoughton’s publication. For a similar reason I scanned a batch of this artist’s work on ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. My copy is the limited edition of 1913, signed by the artist: No. 112 of 350. This is not whatContinue reading “Home For Dinner?”

“He’s Escaped Pannage”

On another wet and gloomy morning we drove to Setley Ridge Garden Centre to buy a present for Helen, whose birthday it is today. Is there anything more dismal than a popular garden centre, normally thriving at weekends, to have hidden this sign beneath an empty display unit? Having done their best to beat Covid-19Continue reading ““He’s Escaped Pannage””

Much Neighing In The Woodland

This morning I watched the Channel 4 broadcast of the third day’s play of the second Test match between India and England in Chennai. Today the temperature was a little warmer than of late; the weather just as gloomy yet less wet. After lunch we took a drive into the forest. A pair of equestriennesContinue reading “Much Neighing In The Woodland”

Splashed Stalactites

This morning Nick Hayter performed more painstaking preparation work on our kitchen. Apart from exemplary decorating he exhibits enviable flexibility. An Antipodean friend, in order the more safely to transport some important paperwork to another part of the UK, e-mailed the documents to me to print out and post in snail mail. This mission wasContinue reading “Splashed Stalactites”

40441.2020

Relentless rain pelted runners racing today’s bespoke peripatetic London Marathons. This was the event like no other in living memory. Covid-19 had caused the normal spring date to be postponed until now. Only elite runners were able to compete in the capital city, on a revised route tailored just for them. All other competitors wereContinue reading “40441.2020”

In The Rain

Heavy, steady, rain fell throughout most of the day. I photographed the scenes from indoors. The pendant in the rain spattered window was made for me by the daughter of a client some thirty years ago. The fallen pot was blown down. If there are any more we don’t want to know about it. IContinue reading “In The Rain”

Precipitation Photoshoot

Beneath a constantly percolating cloud colander parky temperatures prevailed throughout the day. I stayed at the computer while the Assistant Photographer produced the precipitation photoshoot. Click on any image to access the gallery where each picture bears it own title. This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy mango and lime piri-piri chicken served with chilli-potentContinue reading “Precipitation Photoshoot”

Reflecting Headlights

Welcome rain descended all day in an ever-increasing crescendo. Undeterred, my Chauffeuse drove us into the forest as rain battered the Modus and spattered the windscreen, across which the panic stricken wipers raced to and fro. In the dingy early afternoon of this cold summer’s day motorists splashed through puddle-wet streets reflecting headlight beams. TheContinue reading “Reflecting Headlights”

I Wish I’d Brought A Carrot.

Last night we watched the first episode of series 3 of The Crown. Apart from the political aspects of the Wilson premiership I well¬†¬†remember the death of Winston Churchill in 1965. At the time I was working close to Westminster Bridge and photographed the queue of thousands waiting to pay their respects to his lyingContinue reading “I Wish I’d Brought A Carrot.”

Somewhat Disconcerting

Excessive rain interspersed with splendid sunlight spells was the order of the day. In the early gloom gluttonous sparrows from across the road commandeered the seed feeder. A later downpour dropped puddles on our paths. Bright sunshine left sparkling garden views sporting long shadows. After lunch we took a drive into the forest via LyndurstContinue reading “Somewhat Disconcerting”