Tortoises?

Our afternoon drive into the forest took us through Bull Hill. Although certainly not tortoises, groups of serious walkers we watched from Furzey Lane leading to Furzey Lodge, carried their temporary homes on their backs. Some of these were passed by cyclists, more groups of whom wheeled along Cripple Gate Lane, where, bluebells, ferns, ivy,Continue reading “Tortoises?”

The North/South Divide

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today was another dull one with little sun after 10 a.m. This morning we took a motorised stroll through the forest and brunched at Hyde-Out Café where I enjoyed a tastefully presented full English. Just outside Bashley the first bunch of cyclists began disrupting the traffic. SomeoneContinue reading “The North/South Divide”

The Classic Country Yokel

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Today was sunny and crisp, with a chill wind and blue skies. This morning we took a drive up to the north of the forest. Ditches and streams run alongside many lanes in the New Forest. People dwelling on CrowContinue reading “The Classic Country Yokel”

Flytipping In Honeylake Wood

Vince, a heating engineer had visited a few days ago to overhaul our oil fired system that has never adequately functioned upstairs since we have been here. He got it going properly for the first time, but discovered that a hose had not been fitted to the boiler, a part of which was not functioningContinue reading “Flytipping In Honeylake Wood”

In Cold Blood

Jackie, now recovered, drove me to and from New Milton,so that I could travel by train to Waterloo and back, for lunch with Norman. Many people seemed to prefer lobbing their rubbish over the railway bridge or the chain link fence onto the embankment, to using the bin provided. Those responsible for the planters onContinue reading “In Cold Blood”

Job Done

Because our neighbours are on holiday we were able to make an early start on burning branches and foliage. With the two fires approach we had made considerable progress by lunchtime. This afternoon, I felt like a change, so Jackie drove me to Milford on Sea in order for me to investigate further the NatureContinue reading “Job Done”

An Unexpected Portrait

Yesterday, by a narrow margin, Ireland won their rugby match against France. This was an excellent contest, and secured the championship for the victors. It went down very well in the Irish evening in support of CAFOD, which we attended with Helen and Bill, Shelly and Ron. Catholic Aid For Overseas Development is an officialContinue reading “An Unexpected Portrait”