First Foals of 2021

Jackie made considerable headway with garden maintenance this morning. After lunch she decided she had earned us a forest drive, and headed for Beechern Woods, where we each operated our cameras from opposite sides of Ober Water. I focussed on the rippling and reflecting stream; passing walkers; band the woodlands with their long shadows, fallenContinue reading “First Foals of 2021”

Seeking A Suitable Location

Our very good friend John, who blogs as Paol Soren, has recently suggested to me that it might be a good idea to register the changing nature of our environment by photographing one particular scene or tree at regular intervals during the year. This set me thinking about a suitable location. Water should, I thought,Continue reading “Seeking A Suitable Location”

Rugs Still Required

Belying the cold wind which did not lessen until late afternoon, the such shone between fast moving fluffy cotton clouds. A brief garden survey revealed a few broken plant stems and one smashed owl. We decided to return to the clearance work tomorrow, and go out for a drive after lunch. Martin from Crestwood flooringContinue reading “Rugs Still Required”

Slow For Ponies

Today the weather was sun-bright-clear-chilly-cold. We began by purchasing vegetables at Ferndene Farm Shop, then drove into the forest by way of Beckley Common Road where Jackie parked, a jogger passed, and I pictured the surrounding woodland where the harsh squawking of disturbed pheasants interrupted the melodic birdsong. The next parking spot was a lay-byContinue reading “Slow For Ponies”

Honey Lane Deer

This morning we paid a visit to Ferndene Farm Shop, purchased three bags of compost, eggs, and salad items, then continued on a forest drive. We turned off Pound Lane on the approach to Burley, where Jackie parked beside the entrance to Honey Lane in order for me to test my knees on uncompromising terrain.Continue reading “Honey Lane Deer”

Wild Flower Verges

Mum is recovering from a throat infection for which she has been treated with antibiotics. On our visit this morning she demonstrated the site of her discomfort and explained that she had refused to stay in bed in favour of sitting in her chair to get herself moving. This afternoon we took a drive intoContinue reading “Wild Flower Verges”

Sampling A Dandelion

Early this morning Jackie hoovered the house and I swept the garden paths. Barry and Karen visited us later, when we enjoyed coffee, cake, and convivial conversation. “A wobble” has become Jackie’s term for a forest photo foray. It may have something to do with my gait. We went on one this afternoon. As weContinue reading “Sampling A Dandelion”

Ecological Contributions

Mum was on very good form when we visited her at Woodpeckers at midday. Her thoughts and stories flowed and her hearing and sight were not too bad. We could forgive her for repeating some tales. Her one and only flight to Jersey with Jacqueline some years ago was a new one. From Brockenhurst weContinue reading “Ecological Contributions”

Narcissism Personified

We enjoyed glorious sunshine throughout this rather warmer day, beginning with a drive into the forest. A trio of ponies cropped the verge of Burley’s Bennett’s Lane, until approached by a horse and rider. A jogger had paused asking me if I wanted to take a picture. Not wishing to disturb her rhythm, I wavedContinue reading “Narcissism Personified”

Sunny Intervals

Early in the day I watched Channel 4’s transmission of the enthralling second day’s play in the Test Match between India and England. The forest was still overcast when, this afternoon, we set off for a drive. Lanes like Bockhampton Road were quite clarty. Beside this one a whiteness of swans occupying a field attractedContinue reading “Sunny Intervals”