A Cervine Spectre

Jackie was up in the dark this morning, in time to photograph our first smattering of snow before the rain washed it away. This afternoon we drove to Crestwood in Lymington to complete the paperwork and pay a deposit on our new sitting room flooring which will be laid after Christmas. We continued on toContinue reading “A Cervine Spectre”

It Didn’t Seem Politic

The best light of the day was forecast to be seen this morning. And so it proved. Fairly early on we drove to Tesco’s for petrol; to New Milton Post Office for currency exchange and Christmas stamps; and to Brockenhurst, where, in common with New Milton, poppies ahead of Armistice Day adorn the lampposts, beforeContinue reading “It Didn’t Seem Politic”

La Chouette

Jackie was able to confirm the neighbourly status of our two resident robins. As she worked on the New Bed Nugget pottered around unconcernedly while his rival quietly chirped from the larch along the back drive. An owl, strictly une chouette, or perhaps un hibou, now stands on the retaining breeze block wall. Some yearsContinue reading “La Chouette”

No Deep End

Late this morning Jackie drove me to Birchfield Dental Practice in New Milton for a routine check. Mr Hefferen pronounced no treatment required. We continued on to brunch at Hockey’s Farm Shop. There is always a bit of a wait there, but everything is cooked from scratch and is of very good quality. And weContinue reading “No Deep End”

Catch

We have been invited to a special meal in celebration of the 30th anniversary of our favourite local Indian restaurant. Unfortunately this is tomorrow – less than a month since my knee replacement surgery. We therefore cannot manage it. This morning, featuring the above photograph, we made a card for Raja and his staff andContinue reading “Catch”

A Bit Close For Comfort

At midday Jackie drove Becky and me to Holmsley Old Station Tea Rooms where we enjoyed a lunch date with Helen and Bill, Shelly and Ron. After this we continued into the forest. I have mentioned before how difficult it is to back off from a pony when using a long lens. It isn’t reallyContinue reading “A Bit Close For Comfort”

“National Block The Road Day”

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER CLICKS OFFER FURTHER ENLARGEMENT On another gloriously warm day on which soft cerulean skies swept the landscape, Jackie drove us to Nomansland and back viaContinue reading ““National Block The Road Day””

The Three Graces

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. It is not often one can be grateful for a traffic diversion, especially those in The New Forest which tend to send you miles out of your way. So it was this morning as Jackie drove us out there.Continue reading “The Three Graces”

Honey Lane

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. DOING SO ON SMALLER GROUPS GIVES ACCESS TO GALLERIES. The bright sunshine that tempted us out for an early drive through the forest was to last all day. Beams searching their way into the trees picked out the browns, the golds, the greens, and the greys of the season. whileContinue reading “Honey Lane”

Letting The Toddler Win The Race

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning we went for a driveabout in the forest. It is not unusual to notice cartoon character flattened squirrels on the winding lanes. On the very narrow track bounded by thick impenetrable hedgerows that links Newtown with Minstead, a young tree rat caught ahead of the carContinue reading “Letting The Toddler Win The Race”