Pecking Up Ticks

This morning I exchanged e-mails with Ivor in Geelong, with whom I am collaborating on his next poetry anthology, see https://ivors20.wordpress.com/2022/08/04/yorkie-against-the-undertow-2/ This afternoon Jackie drove us all to Helen and Bill’s at Fordingbridge where we enjoyed introducing Dillon to his aunt by marriage, and a little later to John who had called in on hisContinue reading “Pecking Up Ticks”

A Second Chance

Is it perhaps an example of Karl Jung’s synchronicity that I should have come to the end of an acclaimed modern masterpiece with which I find myself at odds on a day when the Kremlin is shelling Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. I began reading “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles soon after ChristmasContinue reading “A Second Chance”

The Assistant Photographer Saves The Day

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/02/24/a-knights-tale-107-instow-part-1/ After a heavy fall of sleet at lunchtime the darkly brooding clouds slunk away and the sun shone for the rest of the chilly afternoon. We did not receive the expect snowfall. Jackie drove me to Lymington where I collected a large print for Jan and Bob Beekman; a flashContinue reading “The Assistant Photographer Saves The Day”

Used Fireworks

All was quiet and still early this morning. Storm Eunice had passed on and the sun shone. We began by shopping at Tesco. After half an hour the skies darkened, the wind speed rose seemingly faster than the predicted 46 m.p. h., and heavy rain steadily descended throughout our subsequent forest drive. A team mustContinue reading “Used Fireworks”

Venison, Chicken, Swans, Ducks, Geese

Jackie cut my hair after lunch. Then we enjoyed a late afternoon forest drive. Swans, casting long shadows, with a group of mallards, which took to flight upon my arrival, wandered across the sward at Beaulieu River. At East End a donkey and foal clipped a hedge, while a burnished pony watched the traffic passingContinue reading “Venison, Chicken, Swans, Ducks, Geese”

Released From Classroom

Today we made a start on rehanging those of our pictures we have room for. We began with drawings of and by family members spanning some 40 years. Jackie photographed the long and short views of the wall above the white sofa. Each of these images carries a story. Let us start with the 1965Continue reading “Released From Classroom”

Piet Mondrian’s Pigments

Just as the sun was thinking about sinking into Mudeford Quay today, gulls circled the Wolf Moon, or basked in the bay, in which a man stood on the sandbank and another walked his dog along the reddened shingle. Easier to focus on the reflected sunlight bouncing off glowing windows It took me a whileContinue reading “Piet Mondrian’s Pigments”

More Normal Weather For January

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/01/04/a-knights-tale-88-the-firing-squad/ Either side of lunch we cleared most of the various items blocking the areas that Martin P is to start plastering tomorrow. Afterwards we drove to Fordingbridge to deliver a backpack left behind by Stephanie on Boxing Day. We took a leisurely route through the forest. Ponies grazed on theContinue reading “More Normal Weather For January”

Sunset Slicing Slate Skies

Slate-dull as it has been, today we experienced the warmest New Year’s Eve since records began. Plasterer Martin Paulley, who on 5th will begin the work which will complete the Kitchen Makers project visited to check what he has to do. After lunch I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/12/31/a-knights-tale-86-more-running/ Later this afternoon Jackie and I collected medication fromContinue reading “Sunset Slicing Slate Skies”