Enough To Patch A Dutchman’s Trousers

Episodes 7 and 8 of ‘The Crown’ really rather confirmed my reluctance to begin watching it because I imagined it to be intrusion into the lives of some still living people who could not answer back. We will probably persevere because of the history that we ourselves have lived through. On this day of gloomContinue reading “Enough To Patch A Dutchman’s Trousers”

‘My Way’s Cloudy’

This was a much milder day – the consequence of a wet, overcast morning. In anticipation of a possible break in the weather, we drove to Cadnam in ever-increasing rain. By the time we reached Wittensford Lane the rain had ceased, clouds were on the move, and the sun took an occasional peek onto theContinue reading “‘My Way’s Cloudy’”

The Rainbow Blessing

This afternoon we drove into the forest, making use of the day’s changing light. In contrast to the recent gales, the winds were so slow that the sun, albeit bright, would remain behind covering clouds for an age. Although the distant Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower was well lit, the near Tanners Lane’s breakwater was not. TheContinue reading “The Rainbow Blessing”

The Dying Of The Light

Increasingly sunburned clouds sped across the dawn skies over Christchurch Road this morning as Jackie drove me to Lymington Hospital for my flexible endoscopy. It was just my luck that this procedure was carried out by a beautiful, slender, Italian doctor. There is no apparent damage. I delivered a report to my GP in MilfordContinue reading “The Dying Of The Light”

A B & B With Resident Sleepers

When I walked over the Braemore bridge a couple of days ago, I was aware that Jackie wanted to photograph Queen Anne’s Lace against the sky. I hadn’t known that she had photographed me wielding my camera. When you understand that the screen of the Canon SX700 HS is badly cracked, reducing visibility to aContinue reading “A B & B With Resident Sleepers”

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”

We Didn’t Chat For Long

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY This morning Aaron, of AP Maintenance, tackled the storm damage. He replaced the back drive barrier plants; repaired Jackie’s screen covering the five barred fence; gathered up fallen branches; and tidied up the cypress, which now looks like this. Sending wood-chips flying fromContinue reading “We Didn’t Chat For Long”

Ever-Changing Skies

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS GIVE ACCESS TO GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Our friend Geoff Le Pard had asked, in his comment on yesterday’s post, whether the field at Longslade Bottom had flooded as it had in his youth. Jackie therefore, via South Sway Lane, drove us out toContinue reading “Ever-Changing Skies”

Hatchet Pond

This afternoon Jackie drove us to Beaulieu and back. We began at Hatchet Pond, so named because of its shape. These first two photographs of and over Hatchet Pond have received no editing. An about turn produced this one. The recent, now ceased, rains have distributed various pools nearby. Wandering donkeys did what donkeys do: chompedContinue reading “Hatchet Pond”

Out Of The Dark

On another unseasonably mild day, I wandered around the garden with my camera, picking allium, daffodil, camellias, viburnum rhytidophyllum, periwinkle, and bergenia. This afternoon we drove through the forest to Burley. On the way we stopped at a New Forest car park for a short walk with Scooby. Ponies always gather round the parked carsContinue reading “Out Of The Dark”