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”

“What Are The Effing Chances…..?”

Our forest trip on another bright and sunny day began with scraping ice off the car. In a field beside an unnamed lane near Gorley Common a sleeping pony stood characteristically with one rear foot bent was not the only backlit equine the we were to see. Ogdens North lies alongside an unmarked muddy laneContinue reading ““What Are The Effing Chances…..?””

From Dawn To Sunset

Dawn came knocking early this morning just giving me time to grab my dressing gown and hasten downstairs for my camera. I was permitted a very few minutes in which to photograph her delights before her soft pinks and magenta blushes succumbed to deep indigo blues. silhouetting the oscillating tresses of the Weeping Birch. LateContinue reading “From Dawn To Sunset”

A Variation On “Where’s Nugget?”

While I was drafting yesterday’s post Jackie nipped into the garden for a matter of minutes to take photographic advantage of the last rays of the setting sun.¬†From this end of the Back Drive (take note of the larch beyond the compost bins on the right) she focussed on the Virginia creeper and accompanying JapaneseContinue reading “A Variation On “Where’s Nugget?””

“Smug Git”

We were engaged in a quiet morning opening presents and cards. Just before lunch I enjoyed a FaceTime chat with Sam, Holly, Malachi and Orlaigh who sang “Happy Birthday”. Poppy joined in, but as she had not had the experience before she was a little bewildered; and it is a long way to Australia. InContinue reading ““Smug Git””

Select Six

Much of the morning was spent trawling through twelve months of photographs, seeking a selection from several thousand of the New Forest from which to enter six images into the Everton Festival: three prints, and three electronic efforts. This was a daunting effort. How do you portray this particular forest? A pony portrait of courseContinue reading “Select Six”

Tanners Lane

This afternoon I ambled round the sunlit garden. Pink and red camellias, which first bloomed in January, appear to be going on for ever. Tulips, like these yellow ones, are now replacing some fading daffodils, while a variety of others are still in the bloom of youth. Jackie planted these leucojum vernum last Autumn. TheContinue reading “Tanners Lane”

Keeping A Ball In The Air

Mat, Tess, and Poppy returned to their home early this afternoon. The rest of us drove to Barton on Sea where Jackie, Becky, and Ian enjoyed coffee in the Beachcomber. I joined them for sparkling water after I had photographed the activities of visitors from the clifftop. A pink streak divided the indigo bands ofContinue reading “Keeping A Ball In The Air”

Hay Ho

This morning Aaron of A.P. Maintenance completed his preparation of the Rose Garden for winter that is still being kept at bay. A week or so back he gave the shrub roses a good haircut. Today he laid our two year old compost around their bases. Clumps of bright yellow bidens, like these at theContinue reading “Hay Ho”