Do Not Climb

This morning, while the Head Gardener continued her autumn clearances, I followed in her wake, collecting, chopping, and composting clippings. The exercise was most delightful when focussed on the Pond Bed, savouring the liquorice flavour released from the statuesque bronze fennel and listening to the tinkling trickle of the water feature. Small birds are beginningContinue reading “Do Not Climb”

Moyles Court

The wind lessened today, so we made a start on recovery. There is nothing to be done about windburn such as this on the red Japanese maple, but we did carry out an extensive hard prune in the Rose Garden where Mamma Mia and Absolutely fabulous prevail. Bees were confined to their hives yesterday andContinue reading “Moyles Court”

More Water For The Animals

Early yesterday evening Jackie drove us to Darbar Indian restaurant in Emsworth where we joined Becky and Ian in celebration of our daughter’s 50th birthday. Catching up after six months in lockdown was remarkably easy – we just dropped into delightful conversation over excellent food with attentive service. We shared poppadoms, onion bahjis, three differentContinue reading “More Water For The Animals”

Keeping Its Balance

The weather today was very dull with a couple of hours of rain of varying velocity early this afternoon. When the precipitation had desisted we took a drive into the forest. A group of ponies gathered on either side of Charles’s Lane wandered back and forth across the road. I am normally quite at easeContinue reading “Keeping Its Balance”

A Fine Set Of Choppers

‘A Short Walk from Harrods’ is the sixth volume of Dirk Bogarde’s autobiography, and, to my mind, the best. I finished reading it last night, and would have been saddened had I not had one more to come. This work deals in more depth and detail with material that has been featured in earlier books,Continue reading “A Fine Set Of Choppers”

More Young Life

Jackie spent the morning and part of the afternoon in the garden. Later she drove me into the forest for a short trip. Ponies cast their shadows on the sward beside Holmsley Road. One enjoyed a good scratch. Two mares suckled their foals. In the first picture the youngster is in the process of risingContinue reading “More Young Life”

A Mating Ritual

I accompanied Jackie on her Ferndene Farm shop trip this morning. There was no queue for the food shopping, so Jackie did that first before joining the line of ┬áplant lovers, Masks were more in evidence today. Jackie’s floral purchases were limited because there was only one empty plant tray and the trollies were allContinue reading “A Mating Ritual”

Walkers In The Field

On a gloriously warm and sunny Good Friday, being the start of a four day holiday weekend, the government was still urging the public to adhere to the coronavirus lockdown ┬áregulations; the UK reported death toll was now approaching 1,000 in the last 24 hours; and a small but significant minority of people were transgressingContinue reading “Walkers In The Field”

A Hole In The Hedge.

Danni has e-mailed me two more photographs from yesterday’s visit. They were engrossed in one activity or another. Note the tiptoes. This morning’s steady rain made way for an afternoon of bright sunshine prompting us to drive to the north of the forest, via South Sway Lane where our friendly equine henceforth, in recognition ofContinue reading “A Hole In The Hedge.”

Ripples And Reflections

On another afternoon of heavy rain we took a drive into the forest. Over Lymington Road the sun attempted unsuccessfully to penetrate the brimming cloud canopy. The oak in the third picture has been remodelled by the sea air. The highest groping fingers never bear leaves. Almost the only wildlife we saw while the rainContinue reading “Ripples And Reflections”