The briefest glimpse of the weak sun effecting a halo on the silhouetted lonely pigeon in the copper beech that Jackie photographed this morning was its only appearance on this otherwise grimly dismal day.
She had left the house from the stable door in order to sweep beneath the wisteria arbour.
Nugget, immediately perching on her long-handled dustpan, had other ideas.
The Head Gardener decided to use her other broom. Her robin was onto that, too, so
she simply photographed him, on the ground, on the broom, and on the coiled wisteria, until he suddenly took off
( “Where’s Nugget?” (54) )
to sing war cries to Muggle. Now “Where’s Nugget” (55).
Sway Tower from South Sway Lane emerged into view from the murk as we drove into the forest this gloomy afternoon.
Through the five-barred gate pillbox slit the red deer herd were seen stepping elegantly across the lawns of Burley Manor.
On the outskirts of the village a sudden rapid jerky movement alerted us to the presence of a squirrel among a pile of logs awaiting the decomposition that would return them to the soil.
Further on the sodden terrain contained pools reflecting trees;
fresh reflecting streams bubbling along;
and loosened shallow roots of toppling trees. It is not simply the gusting winds that bring down these forest residents.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s wholesome shepherds pie; crunchy carrots, cauliflower, and Brussel’s sprouts with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Bordeaux.