An Unknown Soldier

Just before I spent the week in Eymet with Maggie and Mike in September 2008, culminating in agreeing to buy their house in Sigoules, I enjoyed various locations with Mike and Heidi, Emily, Oliver, and Alice. One of these was at Onesse in Les Landes. Oliver doesn’t seem to be in this family shot fromContinue reading “An Unknown Soldier”

Sigoules and Eymet

I spent most of the afternoon scanning and labelling another selection of colour slides from the recently rediscovered boxes. Apart from the two of Michael and Heidi, which I now think were taken twelve months later, these were all made in August 2008. During that summer I spent three weeks at various French bookings withContinue reading “Sigoules and Eymet”

New Roses

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This has been a day of varied activities. This morning involved various administrative phone calls; a trip to Lymington to confirm the order and pay for Jackie’s new laptop; and a drive among the lanes around Sway. Other road users somewhat impeding our leisurely progress included aContinue reading “New Roses”

Three Roses

It is now 9.30 p.m. I f I finish this post this evening it will be a miracle, because, so far, much of it has been spent having useless and frustrating conversations with someone in India about lack of BT Broadband connection. This morning Jackie drove us to Helen’s home in Poulner where we decantedContinue reading “Three Roses”

New Arrivals

Cloudy sunshine and blustery winds greeted us this morning. I ambled around the garden and just a yard or two into Downton Lane where the minute flowers of the Galium aparine, known among other things as Sticky Willy, that we are trying to eradicate from our garden, are clambering around the verges; and where I met anotherContinue reading “New Arrivals”

‘The Face Of A Chrysanthemum………..’

Backlit by the morning sun, the turning leaves of our weeping birch blended well with Frances’s Duchy of Cornwall sunflowers, and contrasted with the red prunus foliage. A road traffic mirror fixed to a post on the corner of the road into the Country Park reflected the scene in Shorfield Road. This, although a bit breezy,Continue reading “‘The Face Of A Chrysanthemum………..’”

Nina Simone

The  sunflower seeds that Frances sent us as part of a house-warming present have now produced fine blooming plants. I photographed these this morning in order to show them to our sister in law when we visited her and Chris at their home in Wroughton, near Swindon, this afternoon. Then I forgot, but when youContinue reading “Nina Simone”

Keats’s Season

Yesterday the loft insulation was carried out.  A damp beam betrays the broken tiles which need replacing on the roof.  The back hall was prepared for specialised papering. Maggie and Mike collected me in the evening and drove me to their home at Eymet where we enjoyed a meal focussing on a Russian fish pie,Continue reading “Keats’s Season”

Aviemore Revisited

Jackie was thrilled this morning to see that the third of her sunflowers donated by the birds has bloomed.  She tried very hard to coach one bee simultaneously into each of her trio.  Two out of three can’t be bad. For as long as I can remember Louisa has been disgusted at me for ‘wastingContinue reading “Aviemore Revisited”

Dicker Day

27th July 2013 The sunflowers seeded in Jackie’s pots by birds, no doubt as a reward for her feeding them, have came into bloom today.  They are rather like cuckoos in that they are planted in someone else’s nest.  I don’t think, however, that they have pushed out any other flowers. Just before we leftContinue reading “Dicker Day”