Those Who Persevered

While I photographed Jackie pruning Wedding Day, which, with her further endeavours elsewhere this morning, provided me with more clippings to chop and bag up this afternoon, I spotted a shield bug riding a nearby hibiscus. Later this afternoon we went in search of the surviving entries of the Hordle Scarecrow Trail. These entries haveContinue reading “Those Who Persevered”

Risk To Their Undercarriage

Last night I finished reading ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by Colombian Nobel prizewinner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. First published in Argentina in 1967 this book was in the forefront of magical realism, and, as such, made the author anxious about its reception. Although there were some detractors the work has remained popular for more thanContinue reading “Risk To Their Undercarriage”

More Water For The Animals

Early yesterday evening Jackie drove us to Darbar Indian restaurant in Emsworth where we joined Becky and Ian in celebration of our daughter’s 50th birthday. Catching up after six months in lockdown was remarkably easy – we just dropped into delightful conversation over excellent food with attentive service. We shared poppadoms, onion bahjis, three differentContinue reading “More Water For The Animals”

Bisterne Scarecrow Festival Trail 2019

With the rain hammering down and leaking through the Velux window onto the kitchen table; and with a boiler that isn’t working I consoled myself with drafting this post. Just to recap, Jackie had taken me around the trail yesterday afternoon so that I would have something to work on during these expected conditions today.Continue reading “Bisterne Scarecrow Festival Trail 2019”

Bisterne Scarecrow Festival Trail 2018

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This afternoon Jackie and I followed: Pokestop carries a Pokemon. I just squeezed The Bisterne Royals into one frame. Worzel is in trouble with Aunt Sally required a couple of shots, one from across the road. We surmised he had been on the tiles with hisContinue reading “Bisterne Scarecrow Festival Trail 2018”

A Bigger Splash

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 The garden was looking very refreshed as I wandered around this morning. Most blooms bore baubles of raindrops. Bees were making up for being confined inContinue reading “A Bigger Splash”

Seeking Hordle Scarecrow Trail

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. THE SINGLE IMAGE OF THE AUSTIN CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. This afternoon the three of us set out to follow the HordleContinue reading “Seeking Hordle Scarecrow Trail”

Selfie With Sir Robert

CLOCK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This afternoon we drove around the lanes to the east of the Forest. Our first port of call was the beach at Tanner’s Lane. A rowing boat lay among the rocks in the shallows. The water further out, fronting the Isle of Wight was blue, still, andContinue reading “Selfie With Sir Robert”

Heroes And Heroines

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Most of my day was spent on wrestling with administration involving phone calls, some of which were not returned; form filling the requirements of which were unclear; and e-mails, one of which I had never received. I really can’t be bothered to go into details on this,Continue reading “Heroes And Heroines”

New Roses

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This has been a day of varied activities. This morning involved various administrative phone calls; a trip to Lymington to confirm the order and pay for Jackie’s new laptop; and a drive among the lanes around Sway. Other road users somewhat impeding our leisurely progress included aContinue reading “New Roses”