21st Century Encroachment

This morning I shared https://www.thefeatheredsleep.com/grief-in-faces/ which is a sensitive and insightful tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and to all who have their own reasons to mourn. Such sharing is not my normal practice, but this most definitely warranted it. Afterwards Jackie drove me to The Bridges, an historic area of Ringwood, where we met Helen,Continue reading “21st Century Encroachment”

She Brought A Friend

This afternoon we visited Milford Pharmacy. Scaffolding was being erected in Island View Close; while bowls matches were under way at Milford Bowls Club, where an appropriate weather vane stands atop their flagpole. Perhaps a Southampton F. C. supporter lost his hat outside the club. We then drove to Pilley for the purpose of continuingContinue reading “She Brought A Friend”


Today the unrelenting gloom developed as the day progressed. The leaden sky became more so, although the temperature was reasonably warm when, this morning I jammed more than 20 of our garden refuse bags into the Modus, leaving about 10 in our pile. After lunch, Jackie having secured a half hour slot at the EffordContinue reading “Gloom”

I Hadn’t Seen Rahul

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning Jackie drove us to the GP surgery at Milford on Sea where we were given our flu jabs. There is nothing like joining the priority group above a certain age for letting us know where we belong. Afterwards we travelled on for a short tripContinue reading “I Hadn’t Seen Rahul”

“I’ll Have That One First……..”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Elizabeth brought Mum over for lunch and dinner on this her actual birthday. Jackie laid on an especially super spinach soup to accompany some of yesterday’s surplus sandwiches. Afterwards Elizabeth drove us all to Holmsley Old Station Tea Rooms, so we could introduce our mother to remnantsContinue reading ““I’ll Have That One First……..””

A Beautiful Memorial

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning Jackie drove us around the forest. A new residential development is being constructed almost opposite the Parish Church in Hordle Lane. The builders areĀ  and, as such post a On the way to Tiptoe, cyclamen emerge from the verge of Mead End Road; Gates CottageContinue reading “A Beautiful Memorial”

Get Up And Have A Look At This

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today Jackie made much progress on weeding, planting, and watering. I did some tidying up and composting. Later this afternoon we drove over to East End to see how the thatching was coming along. The craftsmen have started the ridging. Readers will have noticed reeds left stickingContinue reading “Get Up And Have A Look At This”

Heron In Flight

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. This morning I printed yesterday’s random header picture for our friend Mary. We posted it this afternoon. After lunch Jackie and I took two orange bags of garden pruningContinue reading “Heron In Flight”

Marylebone And St John’s Wood

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF NECESSARY The car broke down as Jackie was leaving for a shop yesterday afternoon. We counted our blessings that this had not happened during our weekend trip to Nottingham. It did, however, mean that a domestic day was in order. Consequently I scanned another dozen colour slides fromContinue reading “Marylebone And St John’s Wood”

The Old Vic On The Green

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. I made my usual journey by train to London Waterloo for a lunch date with Norman at Tas. Jackie drove me to New Milton for the outward trip, and collected me from Brockenhurst for the return. On a very crowded train I sat with a mother andContinue reading “The Old Vic On The Green”