A Surfeit Of Foals

This afternoon Jackie drove me into the forest. She spotted a possibly sleeping foal on the verge of Wilverley Road and parked the car so I could walk back to find the prone animal. As I reached it it clambered to its feet and sought the comfort of its mother who twitched her tail, perhapsContinue reading “A Surfeit Of Foals”

A Knight’s Tale (120: Round The Braunston Turn)

On the next leg of the Henley to Newark trip of July 2003 grasses and wild flowers still covered the footpaths,¬†and I was treated to what I believe was my first sight of a damselfly. Sheep and fields of grass occupied the landscape on the opposite bank of the Oxford Canal, which seemed an unlikelyContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (120: Round The Braunston Turn)”

A Green Christmas

On a very damp and dull afternoon we drove to Fagan’s in New Milton for Jackie to buy me a Christmas present. Later, when twilight was approaching we visited Milford on Sea to see the decorated village green. The blustery weather was already wreaking a certain amount of havoc on the displays. I needed toContinue reading “A Green Christmas”

Meerut Road

On another mild, sunny, morning we visited Mum in Woodpeckers Colten Care Home. Firstly, Jackie parked in Butts Lawn along which I wandered with a camera. At one end the ford water left its mark on the measuring gauge. I walked alongside the rippling, fast-flowing stream watching swaying underwater weeds, scum-forming bubbles, and leaves whizzingContinue reading “Meerut Road”

Avian Pairs

Today was bright and sunny, if a little chilly. Because this was the weekend, there was a little more humanity on the forest roads, mainly in the form of family groups of walkers like these on St Leonards Road, and cyclists in pairs or singly, like this one on Sowley Lane. We had planned toContinue reading “Avian Pairs”

A Crocodile Crossing

Jackie and I went for a drive in the forest this morning, while Elizabeth took it easy at home. Once again we were fortunate to have ventured out during the short spell of sunshine we were to experience today. Even as noon approached shadows were long on the approach to Wilverley Plain. The deciduous oaksContinue reading “A Crocodile Crossing”

None Of The Dogs

SINGLE PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT This morning Jackie delivered me to a bench on the corner of the green at Milford onContinue reading “None Of The Dogs”

On The Turn

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ENLARGED GALLERIES Anyone who had imagined that the long-running saga of the British Gas electricity bill had reached its conclusion will have been under the same misapprehension as me. Here is a brief recap. I had paid the delayed bill over the phone on 11th January.Continue reading “On The Turn”

“Don’t Get Me In Your Picture”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Our friend Sheila Knight died last week. She had been ill for some time. We will be unable to attend the funeral, but I had been asked to write a tribute. I did so this morning and e-mailed it. It will be entered in a book andContinue reading ““Don’t Get Me In Your Picture””

Checking Out The Venue

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Late this morning sunlight burst onto the canna lily given to us by Helen Keenan. The garden beyond was alive with the buzzing of bees and fluttering butterflies like this Small White three quarters of the way up the lines of a hanging basket or this CommaContinue reading “Checking Out The Venue”