Rhinefield Ornamental Drive

We had intended to photograph Beechern wood on our forest drive today. This has been one of our regular trips. It was a shock to find a locked gate across the road forbidding access to non-members of the Caravan Site at the far end. The woman approaching the Forestry Commission gate had left the camperContinue reading “Rhinefield Ornamental Drive”

“I Wouldn’t Start From Here”

Early this morning I read in the car while Jackie bought vegetables at Ferndene Farm Shop and birthday presents for Ivy at New Milton. We then drove on to Burley where I settled on a bench to watch the world go by. My sojourn was to be brief. As I left the car park IContinue reading ““I Wouldn’t Start From Here””

Three Little Pigs

On this oppressively warm and overcast afternoon we took a brief drive into the forest. Unobliging cattle grazing on Bull Hill took off across the road when I disembarked from the Modus to photograph them. Jackie provided me with today’s title when she said that it was a shame that a fourth piglet joined theContinue reading “Three Little Pigs”

English Bluebell Woods

Late yesterday afternoon we were both too knackered to clear up and put our tools away. The good news about today’s weather forecast is that we will be enjoying steady rain; the bad is that this will come with 60 miles per hour wind by the evening. This meant that we had to be outContinue reading “English Bluebell Woods”

Along The Lanes

The third Test Match between India and England finished very early on this, the second, day, giving me the opportunity to stop watching Channel 4 and for Jackie to take me on a forest drive after purchasing primulas and violas from Ferndene Farm Shop. She parked on an un-waterlogged section of the verges while IContinue reading “Along The Lanes”

Out In Force Today

Jackie cut my hair this morning. She grabbed my Covid locks and trimmed them down to size. And here was I wishing to turn the clock back. Contrary to expectations today, albeit several degrees cooler, was, from midday, bright and sunny. We drove to Otter Nurseries to buy some primroses, including a pot for Elizabeth,Continue reading “Out In Force Today”

Soggy

Although the skies were to brighten later, when we drove into the forest this morning light flakes of fluffy snow had already evaporated to integrate with liquid precipitation. Jackie parked the Modus at Crockford Clump and I squelched across waterlogged moorland and clambered over undulating slopes the basins of which became their own reflecting, rippling,Continue reading “Soggy”

Sylvan Ecology

This morning we shopped at Setley Ridge Garden Centre for a birthday present, and continued to Rhinefield Ornamental Drive where Jackie parked in Blackwater Car Park while I followed a group of younger walkers, who were soon out of sight, into the forest, which is strewn with arboreal detritus in various stages of contribution to theContinue reading “Sylvan Ecology”

Water Under The Bridge

The morning’s sunshine was correctly predicted to succumb to clouds by mid-day. We therefore took an early drive to Wooden House Lane in Pilley. The lane peters out into a pitted gravel path currently peppered with pools. Jackie parked the car and contemplated how she was going to turn round and return to comparatively dryContinue reading “Water Under The Bridge”

A Nature Lesson

CLICK ON IMAGES FOR ENLARGEMENT. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. On another overcast morning Jackie and I tidied up the garden with secateurs and broom while Aaron and Sean completed the building of the log shelter. Later, Jackie did some more planting and pruning as I carted clippings and branches to the compost and dump bags. This afternoon I returnedContinue reading “A Nature Lesson”