The Secret Garden Gate

The clerodendrum trichotomum now wears its autumn colours. Encouraged by our weekend’s progress on the back drive we decided to clear the other side today. Since most of this runs alongside the back of the unoccupied garden, it is a different prospect – more a question of determining which shrubs are ours and which ourContinue reading “The Secret Garden Gate”

Along The Shingle

Jackie spent most of the day continuing the fumigation of the kitchen, the porch, and the entrance hall. She also tackled the stairs and more of the light switches, all of which need to have their original cream revealed once more. We both continued to unpack and find homes for the contents of various storage boxes, andContinue reading “Along The Shingle”

A Squabble Of Seagulls

The air was much colder today, and the weak sun only briefly penetrated the mist after mid-day. Even late in the morning, as I walked to Lyndhurst via Mill Lane and Pikes Hill, the landscape beyond the first layer of trees was obscured. At the top of Mill Lane one pony chomped under a floweringContinue reading “A Squabble Of Seagulls”

Piquant Cauliflower Cheese

This morning I finished reading the preface to Madame Bovary. I hadn’t realised that Flaubert’s now acclaimed novel once enjoyed the limelight, like ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ by D.H. Lawrence, more than a century later, of an indecency trial before being published in book form. Lawrence’s mediocre novel was first published privately in Venice in 1928. NotContinue reading “Piquant Cauliflower Cheese”

Candid Camera

From mid-morning to mid-afternoon today was a bit of a struggle. I had taken on a project with my computer which had best be kept under wraps for the moment. It did my head in. For some reason each time I tried to send an e-mail with attachments my work disappeared from the screen andContinue reading “Candid Camera”

Jogger’s Nipple

This was another beautiful clear winter’s day when the hard frost did not leave the ground, but continued to sparkle in the sunshine, except for the very open heathland where steam rose offering a misty veil across the backlit landscape.  We reprised yesterday’s Ringwood trip, except that I didn’t have my hair cut; I walked further alongContinue reading “Jogger’s Nipple”

The Rainbow

Jackie drove us to Christchurch this morning in time for lunch at Boathouse, a rather good restaurant overlooking the River Avon quay.  It was a beautiful day and the drive through the forest was gorgeous.  I had a delicious fish pie whilst Jackie ate a pizza fire, which apparently lived up to its name.  SheContinue reading “The Rainbow”

Autumn Approaches

Seated in the arbour this morning I was struck by the bright colour change of the Cayratia thompsonii against the garage wall.  Yellow-green was making way for bright red. On September 22nd. I published a photograph of a seed-like object, asking for readers to identify it.  On the picnic table this morning we found evidence that itContinue reading “Autumn Approaches”