The Old Curiosity Shop

Early this morning I finished reading ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ by Charles Dickens, and scanned the last three of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to my Folio Society edition of 1987. This book bears all the qualities of Mr Dickens’s story-telling. We have mystery, suspense, moving prose, humour, and more than a touch of sarcasm. There isContinue reading “The Old Curiosity Shop”

Late Afternoon Sun

An early end to the Test match and rain falling for most of the day prompted me to read eight more chapters of ‘Little Dorrit’, and consequently to scan eight more of Charles Keeping’s excellent illustrations. ‘Mrs Sparkler began to wonder how long the master-mind meant to stay’ is another two page spread. ‘Lying inContinue reading “Late Afternoon Sun”

Tracking Sunset

The day was still grimly dark by the time we left to deliver Elizabeth a tub of Jackie’s chicken and vegetable stewp. (Interested readers will note that I have changed my spelling from stoup, because stewp is what google recognises and who am I to argue?) Whenever the vehicle in front of us seems especiallyContinue reading “Tracking Sunset”

Twilight Haze

On a dull and frosty morning Jackie photographed some aspects of the garden. A perky dragon was garlanded in frosted ivy; the ‘Autumn’ sculpture vied with winter; euphorbia, cordyline Australis, and rose leaves bore fringes of frost and lingering water drops; some potted pansies were rather limp, while iris reticulata and tulips broke the soilContinue reading “Twilight Haze”

Waterlogged

This afternoon we took a crisp sunshine forest drive. Jackie waited in Brownhills car park while I wandered along the largely waterlogged roadside verges for a while. This was a day for family walks. While certain spots were decidedly overcrowded, lesser known areas like Bisterne Close, where Jackie parked the Modus, were safe enough. IContinue reading “Waterlogged”

Full PPE

This afternoon we joined Elizabeth and Danni at Woodpeckers for a visit to Mum. Pre-Christmas limited four-fold family visits have been arranged by Colten Care. On arrival we were issued with the usual forms explaining who we are with our temperature recorded. We were also required to sanitise our hands and don face masks, gloves,Continue reading “Full PPE”

Just In Time To Catch It

I spent much of this day of sunshine and showers writing Christmas cards and making prints at my desk which has a direct view into the kitchen. It wasn’t far off sunset when we posted the messages, but we just had time to catch it at Mudeford. Note that the capsized boat I spotted aContinue reading “Just In Time To Catch It”

Travel Challenge, Day 4

I was nominated by my friend Judy Dykstra-Brown to post one favorite travel picture a day for ten days without explanation, then to nominate someone else to participate. That’s 10 days, 10 travel pictures, and 10 nominations. I may not make it to the end of ten days, but for now I nominate Sheree. Please link toContinue reading “Travel Challenge, Day 4”

Coastal Canine Capers

Lured into a clifftop car park at Milford on Sea by the prospect of watching choppy seas crashing against The Needles. We were on our way to the pharmacy to collect a repeat prescription. The parking tarmac was liberally strewn with shingle thrown up from the shore below; spray surged over the sea wall. DogContinue reading “Coastal Canine Capers”

Decidedly Reluctant To Test The Water

Blackbirds are now in the process of stripping our crab apple trees of fruit. After a quick look around, they tear off an apple then make their way back to their homes across the road. We can just make out others, like this sparrow, about to leave the runway over there. Raindrops kept the foodContinue reading “Decidedly Reluctant To Test The Water”