A Tryst

Today I scanned Charles Keeping’s next seven illustrations to ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ by Charles Dickens. ‘ ‘Go, sir,’ returned Dick, leaning against a post and waving his hand’. He is quite clearly drunk. ‘The boy threw his wasted arms around the schoolmaster’s neck’ is a typically tender scene. ‘They drew up there for theContinue reading “A Tryst”

A Dismantled Burglar Alarm

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. These are some of the views from the patio that we enjoyed this morning whilst drinking our morning coffee. I was in and out of New Milton today. This morning Jackie drove me to Barclays bank to attend to some executor business, and this afternoon to BirchfieldContinue reading “A Dismantled Burglar Alarm”

Sorting The Wheat From The Reed

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. This very dull morning Jackie and I took turns on weeding the garden. This afternoon we visited New Milton for banking, paying car tax, and taking a jacket and waistcoat to the cleaners. We then drove on to East End for a progress report on the thatching project. There the ridgingContinue reading “Sorting The Wheat From The Reed”

Get Up And Have A Look At This

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today Jackie made much progress on weeding, planting, and watering. I did some tidying up and composting. Later this afternoon we drove over to East End to see how the thatching was coming along. The craftsmen have started the ridging. Readers will have noticed reeds left stickingContinue reading “Get Up And Have A Look At This”

Heron In Flight

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. This morning I printed yesterday’s random header picture for our friend Mary. We posted it this afternoon. After lunch Jackie and I took two orange bags of garden pruningContinue reading “Heron In Flight”

An English Country Churchyard

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. After dinner yesterday evening we popped down to Barton on Sea to view the sunset. This morning we drove around the forest. The thatcher I spoke to at EastContinue reading “An English Country Churchyard”

Progress Of The Thatchers

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. During the morning and part of the afternoon work continued in the garden, mostly in the Rose Garden, although I did also partly composite the Oval Bed. In theContinue reading “Progress Of The Thatchers”

Little Donkey

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENHANCE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. We began this sunny day with a trip to the bank in New Milton, followed by one to Mole Country Stores just outside Lymington. The shadows of trees wereContinue reading “Little Donkey”

On The Road To Brockenhurst

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Jackie and I began the day with a drive in the forest, in order to see how the thatching at East End was progressing. A shallow stream ran over the ford at Norleywood, enhancing the beauty of the shadows on the road ahead. A pair of donkeys breakfastedContinue reading “On The Road To Brockenhurst”

A Christmas Rehearsal

On a dull, blustery, yet mild, morning I took a stroll along Hordle Lane to Apple Court House and back. Bordering the drive to the house bergenia and primulas are blooming, on this, our shortest day of the year. A motionless long-eared owl, no doubt on the lookout for small mammals, perches atop the newly, beautifully, thatched roofContinue reading “A Christmas Rehearsal”