Impact On The Horizon

I spent a couple of hours this afternoon reading “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, and, as yet, like its author, I have not finished it. I will feature it when I do. Later, we drove into the forest where Jackie parked beside Ran’s wood and I rambled with my camera. A febrile squirrel periodically caughtContinue reading “Impact On The Horizon”

A Change Of Diet

The morning was dry with bouts of sunshine when Jackie wandered around the garden with her camera. She went out to photograph the Amistad salvia but got carried away and also pictured agapanthus seeds, dahlias, rudbeckias, roses, clerodendrum trichotomum, begonias, fuchsias, sedum, phlox; and a fly, wasps, and a shield bug perched on ivy flowers.Continue reading “A Change Of Diet”

What Now?

It was a pair of grey ponies at the crossroads that prompted me to ask my willing Chauffeuse to park beside the stream at Ibsley ford, where a story began to unfold. The greys, casting their shadows in the morning sunshine, were mirrored by a couple of cyclists engaging in a lengthy conversation before partingContinue reading “What Now?”

Girls Also Need Sticks

This morning I almost completed my draft of tomorrow’s scheduled post. This afternoon Jackie drove me to Rans Wood where I walked for 35 minutes. The wood lies at the end of Furzey Lodge which is a continuation of Furzey Lane near Beaulieu. First we needed to negotiate our way through the narrow lodge laneContinue reading “Girls Also Need Sticks”

The Blue Coat

Suitably equipped for the fray Jackie joined the queue at Tesco five minutes before opening time. She really felt for the woman in the blue coat. The orderly social distancing exhibited outside the supermarket was somewhat belied by the few customers who reached past others to claim items they were afraid might disappear. Although weContinue reading “The Blue Coat”

Sculpted By Prevailing Winds

Aaron is continuing to work as long as he can. This very sensible proprietor of A.P. Maintenance has taken advice and uses his plentiful common sense. We leave the gate open for him so he doesn’t have to touch it and he knocks on the window to announce his arrival. He keeps well away fromContinue reading “Sculpted By Prevailing Winds”

Social Distancing Is For The Birds (Too)

The thousands of people who crowded the UK parks and beaches over the weekend; and the London Underground yesterday, gave the Government no option but to send us into compulsory lockdown, which was announced and came into place with immediate effect last evening. Again this morning the tube trains were packed. All non-essential retail outletsContinue reading “Social Distancing Is For The Birds (Too)”

An Up And Down Morning

Early on a morning of sunshine and showers Jackie drove us into the forest to take advantage of the dramatic light. Encouraged by my undulating walk yesterday I was tempted to disembark at the top of Holmsley Passage and walk down the much steeper slope. At first I kept to the tarmac because of theContinue reading “An Up And Down Morning”

Ripples And Reflections

On another afternoon of heavy rain we took a drive into the forest. Over Lymington Road the sun attempted unsuccessfully to penetrate the brimming cloud canopy. The oak in the third picture has been remodelled by the sea air. The highest groping fingers never bear leaves. Almost the only wildlife we saw while the rainContinue reading “Ripples And Reflections”

Lunch At Steff’s Kitchen

Late this morning Jackie drove us to Fairweather’s Garden Centre in Beaulieu where we met Danni, Andy, Ella, and Elizabeth for lunch in Steff’s Kitchen. The various trees in pools on the road from Brockenhurst were thoroughly irrigated. Beaulieu Lake was also very full, to the satisfaction of the numerous swans. Ella enjoyed playing gamesContinue reading “Lunch At Steff’s Kitchen”