Back With Foal

Heavy rain and violent winds raged throughout the night and until midday, after which the cloud canopy cracked revealing a range of skyscapes such as these over Beaulieu Heath on our forest drive this afternoon. Before this we dumped the rest of our garden refuse in the Efford Recycling Centre and returned home with twoContinue reading “Back With Foal”

Relaxed Restrictions

Late yesterday afternoon, beginning with “Where’s Nugget?” (78), Jackie produced a series of photographs. She was fascinated by the hairy borage and a spiky caterpillar masquerading as a cactus. Clematis Star of India occupies the wisteria arbour through which is framed her favourite view of the garden. Left of centre, the Chilean lantern tree wasContinue reading “Relaxed Restrictions”

The Oval Bed Today

The earlier third of the day was overcast but warm. On my way through the garden to set out on a walk down Downton Lane I photographed several newly opened tulips, one of which bore a sleepy bee. Even 30 m.p.h. on our eponymous winding lane is probably too fast at any time, yet itContinue reading “The Oval Bed Today”

Arboreal Destruction

Precipitation of varying velocity and winds of unwavering ferocity beset the day. This morning we drove to the outskirts of Burley and back. It is not unusual to be held up by tree cutters carrying out routine arboreal management. This is perhaps more frequent at the moment, as the unrelenting recent series of storms haveContinue reading “Arboreal Destruction”

Ponies In Motion

Today the sun shone and the temperature was comparatively mild. Jackie helped her avian familiar plant an astilbe and thin out a lamium. “Where’s Nugget?” (45) Afterwards my Chauffeuse drove me to Undershore, along which I walked for half an hour until she picked me up. Undershore, the narrower lane,¬†should not be confused with UndershoreContinue reading “Ponies In Motion”

Wetter Than Expected

My plan this morning was to walk along Bisterne Close for half an hour after which Jackie, having dropped me at one end, would follow and pick me up. In gloomy morning light and light drizzle we set off. The War Memorial in Everton Road, Hordle, had been prepared for tomorrow’s Armistice Day. The commemorativeContinue reading “Wetter Than Expected”

La Chouette

Jackie was able to confirm the neighbourly status of our two resident robins. As she worked on the New Bed Nugget pottered around unconcernedly while his rival quietly chirped from the larch along the back drive. An owl, strictly une chouette, or perhaps un hibou, now stands on the retaining breeze block wall. Some yearsContinue reading “La Chouette”

Only After Mum Had Enjoyed A Good Scratch

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN A GROUP ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT This afternoon Jackie and I took a drive into the forest. The recent strong winds andContinue reading “Only After Mum Had Enjoyed A Good Scratch”

Villages Of Oxford And Cambridge Shires

I walked my normal route to Milford on Sea and back this morning. Waves buffeting the beach were choppy and the wind blustery, but that did not deter families settling on the shingle, along which couples perambulated. Part of the footpath that I had, only two days ago, described as safe, has tumbled down theContinue reading “Villages Of Oxford And Cambridge Shires”