Perfume

Most newly married couples, each with a family of origin, divide their time over the Christmas period between the two.  As I am sure you all know, this can have interesting results.  Vivien’s penultimate Christmas in 1963 was no exception.  After spending the day itself with my parents, we travelled by train to her family in Sidcup,Continue reading “Perfume”

Dicker Day

27th July 2013 The sunflowers seeded in Jackie’s pots by birds, no doubt as a reward for her feeding them, have came into bloom today.  They are rather like cuckoos in that they are planted in someone else’s nest.  I don’t think, however, that they have pushed out any other flowers. Just before we leftContinue reading “Dicker Day”

Almost A Local

Today’s dawning put me in mind of the old adage: ‘Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight; red sky in the morning shepherd’s warning’.  This was a morning of heavy frost, frozen pools, and slippery tarmac. I walked to Lyndhurst via the A337 and back by way of Emery Down.  The purpose of my trip wasContinue reading “Almost A Local”

The Village Shop Revisited

Even the dull weather this morning could not conceal the autumn beauty of the Surrey and Sussex countryside on our drive to Upper Dicker Village Shop (see post of 12th May) to visit our daughter-in-law Tess.  Greens, golds, and bronze glowed through the drizzle.  We stopped to admire the view from a high point onContinue reading “The Village Shop Revisited”

The Village Shop

Another fine spring day saw Jackie and me driving down to Upper Dicker in East Sussex for a family meal with our son Mathew and his wife Tess. In the sunlight the suburban roadside crop of dandelions rivalled the yellow splendour of the countryside’s fields of rape.  Trees were now fully plumed with fresh greenContinue reading “The Village Shop”