Pigs Can Fly

This morning was again sunless, but this time rainless, as Jackie and I once more filled our Modus with soggy garden refuse which we unloaded at Efford Recycling Centre (otherwise known as the dump) and continued on a forest drive. We turned left off Camden Lane into another, which soon ran alongside private woodland. ClearlyContinue reading “Pigs Can Fly”

Time To Let The Cattle Loose

On a largely overcast yet dry day Jackie donated some property to one Charity Shop in Highcliffe before lunch and we both did the same with two small filing cabinets to the Oakhaven Hospice shop in the afternoon. We then took a drive into the forest. On the first green at Bramshaw a couple ofContinue reading “Time To Let The Cattle Loose”

In The Nursery Field

Yesterday I received an e-mail stating that the probate grant application has been approved and I should receive it in 10 working days. This morning I scanned six more of Charles Keeping’s excellent illustrations to my Folio Society edition of ‘Bleak House’. ‘Mrs Jellyby, in the midst of a voluminous correspondence’ ‘She sat on aContinue reading “In The Nursery Field”

Garden Rescue

Today was fine and clear – perfect conditions for Elizabeth’s garden makeover. On the way there we drove into Pilley along a lane dividing sheep from goats. Jackie produced a few before pictures of the project before her battery died. I photographed the work in progress, identification of the participants given in the galleries. AContinue reading “Garden Rescue”

Raising Robin’s Interest

At lunchtime Martin showed us the completed raised bed he finished this morning. He has concreted in the galvanised pins, put additional brackets on the corners, sifted and replaced some of the removed soil, and saved the plants that have been dug up. These primroses may go back in, with a number of bulbs. TheContinue reading “Raising Robin’s Interest”

On Bréhec Beach

Last night I began reading and scanned, in addition to this Title Page and Frontispiece, three more of Charles Keeping’s wonderful illustrations. ‘My very particular friend Miss Tox’ has been depicted by the artist faithful to the author to the very last line. ‘Miss Tox soon returned with the party under convoy’ is again portrayedContinue reading “On Bréhec Beach”

A Close Encounter Of The Porcine Kind

I have often featured cattle and other animals basking beneath Bramshaw’s ancient oak. These pictures were produced in November 2018. This morning the unburied corpse of this once mighty giant, some of its limbs chopped up, lay across the green, being investigated by a solitary calf which is hidden in three of these images. TheContinue reading “A Close Encounter Of The Porcine Kind”

Our First Meal Out Post Lockdown

This morning’s early light presented us with glorious garden views from our upstairs windows. At midday I accompanied Jackie on the big Tesco fortnightly shop; sat reading in the car while she did the business; unloaded the trolley into the car; emptied the purchases into the kitchen, then washed my hands. This afternoon Jackie tookContinue reading “Our First Meal Out Post Lockdown”