Wet Roads

Rain beating a clamorous tattoo on the Modus roof; repetitive rapping from a thumping car radio; abrupt slamming of doors; crashing gears of handbrake ratchets; muffled muttering of masked voices; clicking stilettos clopping through puddles – all combined to distract me from the last chapters of ‘Little Dorrit’ as I waited in the car whileContinue reading “Wet Roads”

Twilight Haze

On a dull and frosty morning Jackie photographed some aspects of the garden. A perky dragon was garlanded in frosted ivy; the ‘Autumn’ sculpture vied with winter; euphorbia, cordyline Australis, and rose leaves bore fringes of frost and lingering water drops; some potted pansies were rather limp, while iris reticulata and tulips broke the soilContinue reading “Twilight Haze”

A Good Laugh

This afternoon I printed a photograph from https://derrickjknight.com/2019/04/17/the-first-foal/ for which I had been asked. The rider’s daughter had identified her from the blog post and it was very pleasing to receive the request. Later we drove into the forest via Undershore. Outside Pilley Community Shop a loose string of ponies, totally unaware of Social Distancing,Continue reading “A Good Laugh”

Gasping

Having spent far too long last night grappling with the WordPress theme issue, and, waking up this morning to find my e-mail password rejected although I was still receiving them, I had not the heart to continue my interrupted chat with yesterday’s Happiness Engineer, so I carried on regardless. Much of the morning was spentContinue reading “Gasping”

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”

A Wintry Morning

Another splendid pastel sunrise heralded a cold, bright, morning, which sent us into the forest early. We pulled into the entrance to The Joinery Barn, a short distance along our Christchurch Road, so that I could photograph the sun-misted landscape alongside. Since there is no real verge I needed to perch on a little bankContinue reading “A Wintry Morning”

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”

The Freedom Of Their Cousins

Early this morning we took a drive into the forest.¬† From Lymington we entered the sun-dappled narrow, winding, Undershore towards Pilley, finding glimpses of autumn foliage there and in Lodge Road, across which a pair of female pheasants trotted. A group of somnolent ponies occupied Bull Hill. What. I often wonder, do the field horsesContinue reading “The Freedom Of Their Cousins”

Nesting Teapots

Before visiting Otter Nurseries for compost this morning we took a drive into the forest. We met two different large vans on Undershore. This was the widest, straightest, end of this narrow sinuous lane. A solitary pony made its way past a row of old thatched cottages facing the green at Pilley. On the outskirtsContinue reading “Nesting Teapots”

An Illusion Of Road Sense

In order to enjoy what might be our last day of autumn sunshine Jackie drove us into the forest this afternoon. We took the Undershore route to Pilley and beyond. Fallen leaves glowed on the passing spaces necessary on this narrow lane, and on pools and the footpath alongside Lymington reed beds. As we passedContinue reading “An Illusion Of Road Sense”