Ferndene Farm Shop Is Open

This morning I received an e-mail from our brother-in-law, Ron Salinger, attaching this photograph of a ship’s boiler exposed on Highcliffe beach last Thursday, 9th April, at the town’s lowest tide of the year. It is probably from Grampus, a tug wrecked in the 1920s. Today the air was still hazy shortly before 9 a.m.Continue reading “Ferndene Farm Shop Is Open”

Puttles Bridge

Today was mostly bright, sunny, and dry, except for a shower or two this morning. While Jackie filled the bird feeders she met and photographed Eric the Pheasant who has returned for his annual visit to announce he has once again evaded the seasonal guns. We know it is Eric because he amuses himself chuckingContinue reading “Puttles Bridge”

First Steps

Knowing that this would be our last fine day until next week we took an early drive into the forest before returning to Sears Barbers at Milford on Sea where Peter cut my hair. Cotton clouds propelled by a chill east wind scudded across cerulean skies. Bright yellow daffodils lined many of the verges likeContinue reading “First Steps”

Disaster Averted

This morning Jesus beamed down on the Isle of Wight and The Needles as we drove to Milford on Sea to collect repeat prescriptions. A black crow menaced a pair of white gulls settled on the wet tarmac of Paddy’s Gap car park. We continued to Keyhaven and ignored the initial Road Closed sign atContinue reading “Disaster Averted”

“What Are The Effing Chances…..?”

Our forest trip on another bright and sunny day began with scraping ice off the car. In a field beside an unnamed lane near Gorley Common a sleeping pony stood characteristically with one rear foot bent was not the only backlit equine the we were to see. Ogdens North lies alongside an unmarked muddy laneContinue reading ““What Are The Effing Chances…..?””

We Were Also Present

Jackie drove me to Sears Barbers at Milford on Sea for Peter to cut my hair. The clear, crisp, light eased the surface of the Solent and sharpened the Isle of Wight, The Needles, and the lighthouse. Having watched the recorded World Cup rugby match between New Zealand and Canada, then the first quarter ofContinue reading “We Were Also Present”

An Avian Altercation

The sun made brief appearances during another warm day which we began by driving to Milford Pharmacy to collect repeat prescriptions. The Needles Loch Ness Monster substitute cast its baleful eye over the proverbial millpond that was the Solent. A gentleman entertained his frisky barking dogs on the shingle then walked away along the promenade.Continue reading “An Avian Altercation”

Their Own Internal Tide Table

The clouds today were largely overcast, although rain did not set in until we were returning from our trip. This was firstly to Lyndhurst where we brunched at the eponymous Tea House. From our window seat we watched a variety of visitors such as these older women seated on a bench with a view ofContinue reading “Their Own Internal Tide Table”

The New Generation

This morning I made a print of this photograph for Danni. I took it at Louisa’s fourth birthday party in May 1986, featuring Ella’s mother just seven months older than Ella is now. Elizabeth, Danni, and Ella came to lunch, which is why I produced this picture. Grandmother, mother, and daughter played on the sofaContinue reading “The New Generation”

“Where’s It Gone?”

We took an early drive to the east of the forest this morning. Having left Lymington we traversed Snooks Lane. The nature of this narrow, winding, road suggests that it is madness to reach the 40 m.p.h. limit marked on these lanes. Despite the idyllic location and the recently completed cleaning of the Burrard MonumentContinue reading ““Where’s It Gone?””