The Last Of The Snow

Our weather is predicted to turn much milder overnight. We can expect some days of warmer temperatures and overcast skies. Today continued cold and bright. A drive into the forest was therefore in order. Snow lingered on the landscape on either side of Holmsley Passage, where an unfortunate young biker had landed in a ditch.Continue reading “The Last Of The Snow”

Well Camouflaged

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT More snow fell overnight and earlier this morning, so off we went for a forest drive. Before this we had to listen to the chattering ofContinue reading “Well Camouflaged”

Snowponies

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ENLARGED GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THEIR PAGES AND CHECKING BOXES AT BOTTOM RIGHT I was banned from the kitchen this morning in order to allow Richard to catch up on his largely snowbound day yesterday. Rain and a slight riseContinue reading “Snowponies”

Carefully Cutting To Shape

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY, EACH MEMBER OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. Compared with that experienced in other parts of the world, including the rest of the UK, the Christmas cake icing barely coating our garden whenContinue reading “Carefully Cutting To Shape”

Snow On The Eucalyptus

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH MAY BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN ITS PAGE AND CHECKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT By the time Jackie and I returned from the forest yesterday evening, Richard had fitted all the smooth-running drawers and splash trims toContinue reading “Snow On The Eucalyptus”

Wishing All My Readers Happiness In Their Own Festive Season

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ACCESS THE ENLARGED GALLERY Much of today was spent writing Christmas cards. It therefore seemed appropriate to present this selection from my archives, from which readers can choose their own with my best wishes. In order of appearance, the three Christmas cards were designed by me aged 16, 17, andContinue reading “Wishing All My Readers Happiness In Their Own Festive Season”

Boat Maintenance

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning I printed some pictures for Christmas presents, which it would be premature to publish here. This afternoon I scanned another batch of colour negatives from early 1986. During that prolonged winter, Sam’s and Louisa’s expressions show quite clearlyContinue reading “Boat Maintenance”

Spoiler Alert

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. We were both reprieved from gardening duties this morning by the rain. I scanned a few more colour slides from 1981/2. Here Sam enjoys swinging in a hammock at the Drapers’ home in Meldreth near Royston in Cambridgeshire. This was August 1981. In December that year weContinue reading “Spoiler Alert”

Sherwood Forest Snowballs

I understand there have been smatterings of snow in Nottingham. We, on the other hand, have experienced nothing more chilling than the slight, short-lived, frost early this morning. It seemed appropriate, therefore, to scan another batch of those recently discovered negatives from December 2003. These record a trip to Sherwood Forest with Jessica, Michael, Heidi,Continue reading “Sherwood Forest Snowballs”