Sunset Slicing Slate Skies

Slate-dull as it has been, today we experienced the warmest New Year’s Eve since records began. Plasterer Martin Paulley, who on 5th will begin the work which will complete the Kitchen Makers project visited to check what he has to do. After lunch I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/12/31/a-knights-tale-86-more-running/ Later this afternoon Jackie and I collected medication fromContinue reading “Sunset Slicing Slate Skies”

Battling To Bring Them Down

Fierce winds, having raged overnight, continued for a good part of the day, sending us to Milford on Sea’s coastline, to photograph the ocean with its spraying, creamy, waves pounding the breakwaters and the sea wall. Jackie watched the play of my writhing jacket. A formation of distant kite surfers took us off to KeyhavenContinue reading “Battling To Bring Them Down”

He Flies Like A Bird

Today Nick was mostly painting woodwork. This afternoon we shopped at Tesco and at Milford on Sea Pharmacy. There were queues at neither outlet. From Tesco we drove to Milford on Sea via Angel Lane alongside which Jackie parked and I walked a while, photographing woodland, a mossy oak, a mushroom, and autumn leaves floatingContinue reading “He Flies Like A Bird”

A Quotation From My Grandad

I have previously mentioned an unfortunate complication arising from my knee replacement operation in May. Today, after some delay and a cancellation, Jackie was able do drive me to Lymington Hospital for a visit to consultant, Mr J. Douglas. After various tests he offered the opinion that my prostate is only slightly enlarged and thatContinue reading “A Quotation From My Grandad”

The Last Half Hour

An exchange of comments with another blogger this morning took me back to ‘Child Labour’ from 14th January 2014. Later, I added some material from ‘Anticipating The Shot (2)’  and from ‘One Life Cut Short, Another  Changed Forever’ to the draft of ‘A Knight’s Tale’. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY,Continue reading “The Last Half Hour”

Of Course, It Was Saturday

In retirement it is quite easy to forget which day of the week it is. So it was for me today when Ian drove us all down to The Needles Eye at Milford on Sea. Until I noticed how many families were active on the beach. Of course. It was Saturday. The cafe was buzzing. WithContinue reading “Of Course, It Was Saturday”

Destruction Of Tulips

When I was ill earlier in the year, our friends Margery and Paul gave me a copy of ‘Winespeak’, Ronald Searle’s illustrated ‘Wicked World of Winetasting’. The author, a highly original artist, claims that ‘All the phrases in this little book have been plucked from unacknowledged but absolutely authentic sources’. Souvenir Press’s 1983 edition presents Searle’sContinue reading “Destruction Of Tulips”

Like Shovelling Water Or Coal In A Bunker

Jackie is very keen on keeping our flat clean and tidy. Glancing at the fireplace surround since 11th/12th February when  Sam and Orlaith made a surprise visit, one would not think so. You see, when she came to dust this area my housekeeper couldn’t bring herself to do it. It bore a set of podgyContinue reading “Like Shovelling Water Or Coal In A Bunker”