Replenishment

The recent heavy rains have suddenly filled the drought-dried lake at Pilley. This prompted me to circumperambulate it on our forest drive this morning. Fresh autumn leaves floated among rippling reflections or broken limbs from their trees, or lay visible on the shallow bed; Mallards, glimpsed through overhanging lichen covered branches and their lingering foliage,Continue reading “Replenishment”

Ever Increasing Circles

The overnight gales offered us a brief respite this morning, during which the sun was permitted an appearance and the rain lessened. This was not to last, but we were fortunate for a time during which we ventured into the forest. A dip in the landscape as we head towards Burley from Holmsley Passage, dryContinue reading “Ever Increasing Circles”

A Tiresome Task

Yesterday I experienced a muzzy-headed relapse – enough for me to turn down a trip to the forest for the first time ever. This morning we made up for it. The mournful expressions of the dogs in the back of the SKODA trailing a pair of led horses bore evidence to our slow progress alongContinue reading “A Tiresome Task”

Definitely Spring

On this warm and sunny day Jackie unwrapped the wooden patio chairs and we set them in place; Flo continued her work in the garden, clearing twigs and leaves of cordyline Australis and setting about burning them; I wandered around with a camera. Jackie and I took a forest drive after lunch while the othersContinue reading “Definitely Spring”

Alfresco Dining

Much of this sunny morning was spent reminiscing with Becky. Jackie and I lunched at our normal time. We then joined the others for theirs at The Beachcomber Café, Barton on Sea. Flo took this photograph on the approach to the café. Jackie and I enjoyed drinks while the others were impressed with the qualityContinue reading “Alfresco Dining”

Chasing Her Stick

This morning I published https://derrickjknight.com/2022/01/28/a-knights-tale-96-kings-lynn/ During mid afternoon we took a forest drive to Puttles Bridge and back. Several groups of walkers set out on the flat and reasonably dry trail through the woodland, while I chose the wetter area alongside Ober Water, with its ripples, reflections, mossy stumps and gnarly roots. It was thereContinue reading “Chasing Her Stick”

Focus On The Windscreen

Nick Hayter visited this morning to assess the post-refurbishment decorating work he is to undertake. We enjoyed his usual pleasant conversation. The unconsolable skies shed continuous profuse tears throughout the afternoon, which we began with a trip to the Lymington Post Office collection office to claim a parcel undelivered because of a shortage of £2Continue reading “Focus On The Windscreen”

The Donkeys Didn’t Fancy It

After lunch Jackie drove us to Helen and Bill’s home at Fordingbridge to drop off a present. Attracted by a couple of large mushrooms on the verges at I disembarked and wandered along photographing, in addition, bracken nestling beside an oak trunk, and lichen attached to fallen twigs on the forest floor and decorating anotherContinue reading “The Donkeys Didn’t Fancy It”

My Little Snipper

Today was one allegedly expected to enjoy intermittent sunshine. In reality this was more intermittent than sunshine. We were conned by a bright start into taking an early drive to Puttles Bridge. In the event this was definitely intermittent. Three-way traffic lights control gave me plenty of time to contemplate the verges on the sideContinue reading “My Little Snipper”

Rippling Reflections

Dark, brooding, precipitating skies were occasionally brightened today by suddenly, briefly, escaping sunshine. The opposite was also true, on the trip we took into a waterlogged forest after purchasing three bags of compost at Ferndene Farm Shop. I left the car when Jackie parked on the verge of the Thorney Hill end of Burley Road.Continue reading “Rippling Reflections”