Bullies Of The Feeders

This morning I was distracted from my reading by activity on the bird feeders. Goldfinches, as usual, spilled more seed than they consumed; they had to wait their turn on the sunflower seeds as did dunnocks on the suet balls, where, until recently, with sparrows, they had ruled the roost. Now the starlings, with theirContinue reading “Bullies Of The Feeders”

A Little Autumn Colour

For the last couple of days marauding rooks have raided Nugget’s robin feeder, ripped it off the Japanese maple, and robbed him of his food. Jackie has baffled the thieves with a pair of hanging basket frames. In contrast to yesterday’s dismal weather, today was clear, bright, and cold, taking every opportunity to display aContinue reading “A Little Autumn Colour”

Forgotten And Neglected

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. SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK WHICH MAY BE REPEATED IF REQUIRED Aaron worked as hard as ever in the garden this morning. LestContinue reading “Forgotten And Neglected”

Catch Me If You Can

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Aaron of AP Maintenance’s main task today was weeding the Back Drive. Taking it in turns to stand aloof,Continue reading “Catch Me If You Can”

“Look. That Man’s Taking Photographs”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Leaving their van in our front drive and their slip-on shoes outside the door, Barry and Owen, who are New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs, having first serviced Mistletoe Cottage next door, provided us with their trademark clean and efficient job. A dust sheet is laid down;Continue reading ““Look. That Man’s Taking Photographs””

A Sparrow in Swallow Drive

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE WHEN SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. Jackie continued with the weeding of the rose garden today, whilst I wandered with the camera. Tulips are now in bloom. This one really did come from Amsterdam, courtesy of Danni andContinue reading “A Sparrow in Swallow Drive”

Ladybird Or Ladybug Fly Away Home….

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN PAIRS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. The sun stayed away today until it was time for it to go to bed. My share of the garden clearance, under the necessary direction from the Head Gardener,Continue reading “Ladybird Or Ladybug Fly Away Home….”

Far Too Busy To Chat

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN THE PAIR ACCESS A GALLERY THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE AFTER SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX.. Aaron, Jackie, and I continued tidying up the garden this morning. Daffodils still glow all over; the new generation of honesty crops up everywhere; and the AnemoneContinue reading “Far Too Busy To Chat”

The Beachcomber

I began dead-heading roses this morning. This afternoon Jackie drove us to Barton on Sea via Milford on Sea. We stopped off at Milford for Sheila to buy a stamp for New Zealand and maybe some wool from the shop that was also a Post Office. The Post Office had been permanently closed a fortnightContinue reading “The Beachcomber”

Clearly The Day For It

CLICK ON IMAGES YOU MAY WISH TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF NECESSARY The meteorologists having informed us that the bright, albeit nippy, early morning sunshine would be covered by cumulus soon after mid-day sent us off into the forest, after a brief wander round the garden where hanging baskets are now mostly filled with plants, likeContinue reading “Clearly The Day For It”