21st Century Encroachment

This morning I shared https://www.thefeatheredsleep.com/grief-in-faces/ which is a sensitive and insightful tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and to all who have their own reasons to mourn. Such sharing is not my normal practice, but this most definitely warranted it. Afterwards Jackie drove me to The Bridges, an historic area of Ringwood, where we met Helen,Continue reading “21st Century Encroachment”


After lunch I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/06/26/diary-of-a-good-neighbour/ Then Jackie and I visited Jools, Sean, and Pumpkin at where we engaged in enjoyable conversation, Jackie bought a plant, and I wandered freely with my camera. Afterwards we went on a foal hunt. Donkeys on Bull Hill were the first to oblige. It was only two days ago thatContinue reading “Heucheraholics”

Passport Photographs

At midday Jackie drove us to Hockey’s Farm shop for an excellent brunch and to reintroduce Flo to the north of the forest. Ponies at Ibsley and mossy rooted trees were reflected in the pool that covers waterlogged terrain. Before eating we introduced our granddaughter to Hockey’s humorous alpacas lining up for their passport photographsContinue reading “Passport Photographs”


At least our winter flowering cherry was happy with another dreary, yet wet, day. Last night Louisa asked me to send pictures of her lifelong friend Gemma, who will be 40 tomorrow. I sent her three, of which this is one from my daughter’s birthday party of May 1993. Three days ago ‘we began withContinue reading “Thatching”

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”