“Three!?”

Needless to say, the BT e-mail problem that, four days ago, I had been promised would be resolved within 72 hours was not. I therefore spent an hour on the phone this morning, first with an advisor in Belfast, then with one in Cardiff. I won’t bore you with the details, save to say thatContinue reading ““Three!?””

Nugget’s Family Needs Feeding

Yesterday evening Nugget and a blackbird who had discovered his feeders outside the stable door both emptied their larders while providing meals on wings for their respective nestlings. Jackie felt so bad at being so Mother Hubbard https://youtu.be/30l7EinbOYg that she decided bird food, especially Nugget’s favourite suet pellets, were essential shopping in these times ofContinue reading “Nugget’s Family Needs Feeding”

Vichyssoise Pour Les Poneys

Although it was to brighten up in the evening, the skies were overcast when we went for a drive in the forest this afternoon. We stopped at East Boldre to watch this chestnut pony slaking its thirst, as we thought, at one of the pools formed over waterlogged vegetation. This was taking some time. SlowlyContinue reading “Vichyssoise Pour Les Poneys”

Angel Lane

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. SHOULD YOU WISH TO ENLARGE THE CAR LOAD OF BEDDING PLANTS, JUST CLICK ON IT AND REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning Jackie drove me to theContinue reading “Angel Lane”

Her First Baby Donkey

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Although the rain has stopped, we are still enduring gale force winds. This involved us picking up branches and various other bits of debris. Elizabeth came for the afternoon. After lunch Jackie drove us all to Hockey’s Farm at Ibsley, where the ladies enjoyed cream teas andContinue reading “Her First Baby Donkey”

Spectral Ponies

CLICK ON CLUSTERED, SMALLER, IMAGES TO ACCESS LARGER GALLERIES. This morning we brunched in a very crowded Otter Nurseries restaurant before driving to Emery Down, Bolderwood, and back home. As with many New Forest villages, the approach to Emery Down from Swan Green is quintessentially English. We have a row of tiny thatched cottages inContinue reading “Spectral Ponies”

Afternoon In The Forest

This morning Aaron made a start on decorating the stairs and landing. Afterwards Becky drove me, Jackie, and Ian to Abbot’s Well at Frogham, where we lunched in The Foresters’ Arms. This was another comparatively mild day of rather more sunshine than showers, making for constantly changing light. Our accommodating daughter complied with my variousContinue reading “Afternoon In The Forest”

West Kennet Long Barrow

Drawn by the extravagant breakdance being performed outside our sitting room window by the unidentified peach rose, clearly far more resilient than plastic greenhouses, I ventured outside into the wild, weirdly¬†warming, winds with my camera. The rose surged backwards and forwards, defying my efforts at focussing; those in their dedicated garden, where Summertime still hasContinue reading “West Kennet Long Barrow”