In Their Element

Although steady rain returned this afternoon, this morning’s weather was bright and sunny, so we, wisely as it turned out, paid attention to the forecast and took a forest drive. Tanners Lane, down which, as so often, we encountered ponies on our way to the beach has been impossible to negotiate during the tourist season.Continue reading “In Their Element”

After The Rain 2

On a crisp, bright morning with a cloudless blue sky, we took a drive around the New Forest. Lacking a leaf canopy, the treetop roof, like our kitchen skylight, leaked onto the forest floor. These scenes, photographed at Brownhills near Wootton Heath, were repeated throughout our journey. Branches are traced on the surface of pools reflectingContinue reading “After The Rain 2”

Before And After: The Dragon Bed And The Head Gardener’s Walk

Here is today’s photograph of Jackie’s up to date planting of the front garden featured yesterday. The gravelly soil has been supplemented by earth dug out from around the corner. When we cleared an area rampant with bramble beneath a ficus so leggy that its limbs sought comfort in the neighbouring fir, holly, and bayContinue reading “Before And After: The Dragon Bed And The Head Gardener’s Walk”

A Little D.I.Y. And A Lot Of Creativity

The clematis texansis Duchess of Albany that Jackie planted in the kitchen garden is now blooming.  One side of the back drive is lined with hardy fuchsias. The window boxes on the front wall have survived hurricane Bertha. The golden holly I hacked down in the spring because of the number of sports it sportedContinue reading “A Little D.I.Y. And A Lot Of Creativity”

A Rose For Retirement

Early this morning Jackie resumed a task she had first undertaken more than forty years ago. She cut my hair, thus putting Donna-Marie out of business. Its colour was rather different first time round. The dark bit must be a trick of the light. After this I placed the beach stones between the slabs inContinue reading “A Rose For Retirement”

‘Have You Had A Fall Or Something?’

We have found Rufuston on the agent’s website.  It is still intriguing.  Were we to pursue it, us oldies would need to install a lift; more double glazing; and at least one more loo.  The house is on four floors, with stunning views across the forest at the back, but the noisy A31 at theContinue reading “‘Have You Had A Fall Or Something?’”