The Donkeys Didn’t Fancy It

After lunch Jackie drove us to Helen and Bill’s home at Fordingbridge to drop off a present. Attracted by a couple of large mushrooms on the verges at I disembarked and wandered along photographing, in addition, bracken nestling beside an oak trunk, and lichen attached to fallen twigs on the forest floor and decorating anotherContinue reading “The Donkeys Didn’t Fancy It”

Flies Are Now In Season

On another warm, humid, and largely overcast morning garden maintenance was continued. Jackie mostly concentrated on the Rose Garden, then produced her own gallery. It was the cricket on Absolutely Fabulous that sent her indoors for her camera. She also spotted a bee and a beetle on Rosa Gallica. Winchester Cathedral, For Your Eyes Only,Continue reading “Flies Are Now In Season”

“He’s After Us, Mum”

Today’s welkin canopy was a dismal, leaking, colander riddled with humid vapour. At mid-morning we drove to Hockey’s Farm Shop for brunch in their re-opened cafĂ©. The recently completed thatched roof across the road in Gorley Lynch bears effigies of a fox stalking a row of ducklings following their mother along the crown of theContinue reading ““He’s After Us, Mum””

Blue Haze

Jackie managed to squeeze herself into a ball to sit on her kneeling stool underneath the red Japanese maple this morning in order to dig out clumps of allium triquentrums. Don’t be deceived by the visible sunlight. I was, and went to visit Mum without a jacket. It was cold. My mother had quite someContinue reading “Blue Haze”

Slow For Ponies

Today the weather was sun-bright-clear-chilly-cold. We began by purchasing vegetables at Ferndene Farm Shop, then drove into the forest by way of Beckley Common Road where Jackie parked, a jogger passed, and I pictured the surrounding woodland where the harsh squawking of disturbed pheasants interrupted the melodic birdsong. The next parking spot was a lay-byContinue reading “Slow For Ponies”

Sampling A Dandelion

Early this morning Jackie hoovered the house and I swept the garden paths. Barry and Karen visited us later, when we enjoyed coffee, cake, and convivial conversation. “A wobble” has become Jackie’s term for a forest photo foray. It may have something to do with my gait. We went on one this afternoon. As weContinue reading “Sampling A Dandelion”

Further Along Forest Road

Today there was still a chill in the air, which became more overcast with sunny periods as it went on. After lunch we drove into the forest. As so often on a dull day we thought we may not find much of photographic interest, until the sun and our little group of equine friends foundContinue reading “Further Along Forest Road”

Blackthorn Time

We woke this morning to frost on the kitchen extension roof and ice on the water features. The day continued cold and overcast with a top temperature of 7C. The quotation from Christina Rossetti’s ‘Spring’ given by Libre Paley in https://librepaley.com/2021/04/06/alive-in-everything/ sent me to reread the work in my copy of her poems illustrated byContinue reading “Blackthorn Time”

Sunlight Playing The Forest

Despite the forecast of sunny spells today we were treated to clear cerulean skies and full sunshine throughout the day. As we set off early to Ferndene Farm shop I paused to admire Jackie’s planting of primulas and violas in front of the garage door trellis. This was the view from the car as IContinue reading “Sunlight Playing The Forest”