Communal Bath

Quite early this morning we drove to Mudeford to look at the sea. The sun briefly outlined the horizon; the waves were very choppy and determined to bubble over the wall onto the promenade. I needed to be unaccustomedly quick on my feet to keep them dry, whereas a reflecting fisherman just paddled patiently. AsContinue reading “Communal Bath”

The Race Was On

On this further dully overcast and windy morning we virtually finished the front garden pruning. I photographed a few hanging baskets in the rest of this area, involving bacopas, lobelias, diascia, begonias, petunias, pelargoniums, and gladiolus. These have all regenerated well after the recent heavy winds. Here are the bags of woody clippings which weContinue reading “The Race Was On”

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”

Decidedly Reluctant To Test The Water

Blackbirds are now in the process of stripping our crab apple trees of fruit. After a quick look around, they tear off an apple then make their way back to their homes across the road. We can just make out others, like this sparrow, about to leave the runway over there. Raindrops kept the foodContinue reading “Decidedly Reluctant To Test The Water”

Harry Potter in Oz

Yesterday morning, before I spent the whole afternoon writing the post on The Hawk Conservancy Trust, Jackie and I followed Becky, Ian, and Scooby to the Beachcomber Café at Barton on Sea. The angelic, ageing Jack Russel – 17 next month – earned extra Bonio rations and heaps of admiration on the day of ourContinue reading “Harry Potter in Oz”

Number 32

One of Aaron’s tasks today was to reinforce the wobbly posts on the entrance to the Rose Garden, cerinthes have proliferated by self-seeding. The Oval Path curves round the bed beyond that entrance. Shadows fall across the Gazebo and Brick Paths. The yellow and orange diurnal poppies are preparing for my daily dead-heading routine. TheContinue reading “Number 32”

Wrecking The Shrubbery

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. THESE CAN BE FURTHER ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. This afternoon, Jackie drove me around theContinue reading “Wrecking The Shrubbery”

“You Can’t Keep A Good Brit Down”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning we drove to New Milton to buy Jackie a bag to carry her overnight stay requirements for our trip to Bicester tomorrow. We then continued to Friars Cliff where we brunched in the Beach Hut Café. There are two rows of beach huts there –Continue reading ““You Can’t Keep A Good Brit Down””

Losing The Plot?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The sun returned today. This set us up nicely for our trawl through local solicitors in order to find one acceptable to the Family Building Society and willing to witness our signatures on the Mortgage Deed and the Declaration of Understanding. Starting off at Milford on SeaContinue reading “Losing The Plot?”

Driving The Buggy

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN THE GROUP ACCESS A GALLERY THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. This morning I spent wrestling with BT over Broadband. Just before this I received a scam call purporting to come from BT Accounts. I gave the callerContinue reading “Driving The Buggy”