Albeit originally dry, today’s bright start, beset by grey sheep’s wool skies and drizzling rain, descended into cooler dankness. My morning session devoted to WordPress comments was extended by the distraction from shaking branches of a crab apple tree in which the cumbersome barrage balloon of a nest-building wood pigeon thumped into the boughs clutchingContinue reading “Nesting”

Half Term

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Storm Doris had blown about the bag of twigs gathered up a couple of days ago, and dumped more on the beds and paths in the garden. The Shady Path, with its Camellia shrubs didn’t look too bad, exceptContinue reading “Half Term”


CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. Shed by trees and strewn around the garden’s beds and paths, last winter’s twigs would have filled a mattress. Those I gathered this afternoon certainly occupied the best part of one of our orange bags of ‘green’ refuse destined for the recycling centre. Father Christmas was generous with hose this year. Even so,Continue reading “Rasputin”

Henry Croft

EXCEPT FOR HENRY CROFT WHO WILL NOT ENLARGE, CLICK ON IMAGES TO ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. A day’s unending dreary drizzle dripping from damp, dingy, clouds over Downton provided ample material for Pearly Kings and Queens to refresh their outfits. Wikipedia tells us: “The practice of wearing clothes decorated with so-called pearl, actually mother-of-pearl buttons, originated inContinue reading “Henry Croft”

Christmas Fairies

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ACCESS GALLERIES WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning we awoke to a garden dripping with decorations supplied by the Christmas fairies, some of whom still flitted among the trees: This afternoon we are off to Lyndhurst for the last of the Christmas shopping, then on to West EndContinue reading “Christmas Fairies”