Taking A Chance

There is a direct path from the kitchen window featuring our late beloved blogging friend, Pauline’s, light catcher to my computer station. The light prism cast by this often accompanies me as it did this morning – a comforting reminder of a lovely lady. After a reading session this afternoon Jackie drove me to PuttlesContinue reading “Taking A Chance”

Puttles Bridge

Today was mostly bright, sunny, and dry, except for a shower or two this morning. While Jackie filled the bird feeders she met and photographed Eric the Pheasant who has returned for his annual visit to announce he has once again evaded the seasonal guns. We know it is Eric because he amuses himself chuckingContinue reading “Puttles Bridge”

Arboreal Destruction

Precipitation of varying velocity and winds of unwavering ferocity beset the day. This morning we drove to the outskirts of Burley and back. It is not unusual to be held up by tree cutters carrying out routine arboreal management. This is perhaps more frequent at the moment, as the unrelenting recent series of storms haveContinue reading “Arboreal Destruction”

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”

The Equestrian Quartet

On another cold and bright morning we drove into the forest by way of Brockenhurst. From the Hinchelsea car park I photographed a somewhat misty moorland landscape. The winterbourne pool just outside the town had iced over, as had some of the terrain leading to further distant scenes. Rhinefield Road, where bracken provides burnished autumnContinue reading “The Equestrian Quartet”

Commandeering Cattle Go Unchallenged

Who cares whether we have followed the meteorologists into autumn or await the equinox on 21st of this month? This morning was bright, sunny, and warm. We took an early trip into the forest where I walked for half an hour along the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. There was still enough water to carry reflections inContinue reading “Commandeering Cattle Go Unchallenged”

“Are The Ponies Fat?”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENHANCE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning Jackie drove me to Sears Barbers in Milford on Sea, where the affable Peter cut my hair as well as usual. We then continued into the forest.   Strong overhead sunlight dappled the autumn leaves carpet of the forest floor, giving a spectral air toContinue reading ““Are The Ponies Fat?””

Before And After: The Patio

Once more, wet and warm described the day’s weather. Although we have created a gravelled patio at the south end of the garden, there always was a designed one alongside the back of the house. This, in April 2014 was full of weeds and the surrounding areas were overgrown. Our project is a continuing one, soContinue reading “Before And After: The Patio”

70 Years On

Jackie spent the morning planting the pansies and spring bulbs in place of the ficus. The bamboo in the Oval Bed tends to send tentacles under the rock border and into the gravel path. At the first sign of a sucker piercing the shingle, excavation has to be carried out. This was my task. ThisContinue reading “70 Years On”

After The Rain 1

SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read to the end if you are watching the rugby recorded. This morning Jackie weeded and planted chrysanthemums in the front garden, whilst I dug out the remaining roots of the ficus in preparation for planting the pansies. In the event, a heavy thunderstorm ruled out putting the pansies to bed. TheyContinue reading “After The Rain 1”