Mounting The Verge

With a penultimate scanning session today ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ is almost closing for Charles Keeping’s exquisite illustrations ‘They descended the narrow steps which led into the crypt’. Was the old man here based on Alastair Sim, even though he never made a film about this novel? Here is the trailer for his Scrooge: https://youtu.be/WqbQYsjrDR4Continue reading “Mounting The Verge”

Hedge Trimming

This morning I produced an A3 print of his choice for the paraglider from “Sunset Dancing”. Now we are back in National Lockdown handover will probably have to wait a while. In the meantime Jackie photographed the farmer across Christchurch Road trimming his hedge. He didn’t really cause any disruption to traffic, although it wasContinue reading “Hedge Trimming”

“Not Where You Want To Meet Something Coming Round The Next Bend”

Quite early this morning we drove along Mount Pleasant Lane beside which sweeping landscaped fields harboured horses, some sporting fly-protection masks. Our original destination was South Sway Lane, along which free manure is usually on offer. All that is required from people helping themselves to this gardeners’ gold is that we leave replacement empty bagsContinue reading ““Not Where You Want To Meet Something Coming Round The Next Bend””

A Modern Day Drove

Beneath cloudless cerulean skies we took an early drive into the forest this morning. A cool breeze blew along sun-dappled lanes like these named Rodlease and Church. At a corner of the latter a tractor ploughed a field some distance from a couple of grazing workhorses within view of adjacent woodland. Along the road toContinue reading “A Modern Day Drove”

Playing With The Big Girls

On a bright, sunny, and warm morning we took a trip to Everton Nurseries were there was no queue and Jackie was able to buy the elusive trailing petunias. The young man collecting up the discarded trolleys sanitised the handles of every one. It was perhaps no coincidence that he was tall enough to haveContinue reading “Playing With The Big Girls”

Almost Empty

What is the best way to make a trip to the pharmacy exciting? During pandemic lockdown it is when this is considered an essential journey  and petrol has remained in the tank for weeks. Off we went this morning to Milford on Sea for that heady pleasure. The establishment’s door was open. Just inside stoodContinue reading “Almost Empty”

“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…..?””

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”

Fly Masks

I didn’t think I could face the tension of listening to ball by ball broadcasting of the last day of the first Ashes Test match of 2019, so I suggested a trip out this morning and deferring cricket gratification until this evening’s highlights. Before leaving, Jackie photographed raindrops on spider’s webs and our porch planting.Continue reading “Fly Masks”

Yellow Fields

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK, OR TWO IF REQUIRED. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Today was one of cloudy sunshine with April showers in the afternoon. We took anContinue reading “Yellow Fields”