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”

Tourist Time

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED On a much brighter morning, Jackie and I transported two more large bags of garden refuse to the recycling centre. This time we returned with yet another garden bench. All we have to do now is find a space for it. We then drove around the forest,Continue reading “Tourist Time”

Before And After: The Dead End Path

Becky’s August Birthday meal was twice postponed through illness, as was Ian’s earlier in October. Everyone was fit for Ian’s daughter Heather’s recent one. That is why we drove to Emsworth last night. As far as Becky was concerned, she was just going to Nicolino’s Italian restaurant across the road from their flat with HeatherContinue reading “Before And After: The Dead End Path”

A Remarkable Year For Flora

Early this morning we kept a GP appointment in Milford on Sea. I was given a referral for my Dupuytren’s contracture. This photograph from the internet best shows the stage mine has reached. I know it looks unseemly, but it is awkward rather than painful. I cannot straighten the finger. Afterwards, on this exceedingly mildContinue reading “A Remarkable Year For Flora”

A Statuesque Beauty

Jackie dropped me at Silver Street again this morning. This time I walked along this road, which, like many local ones has no pavement. I the turned right into Woodcock Lane and crossed Everton Road into Hordle Lane and, eventually, home. Peterson’s Folly is visible from our front bedroom windows, but there was a muchContinue reading “A Statuesque Beauty”