A Walk Round The Garden

The sun emerged quite late today. After I had opened the gate for Aaron. These are a few shots I took on the way there and back. As usual accessing these two galleries with clicks will access titles. Much of the rest of the day was spent listening to the Ashes Test Match. This eveningContinue reading “A Walk Round The Garden”


A recent post from Sandra had me reaching for my copy of I will simply refer you to Sandra’s review and say that I enjoyed this short book in my 1977 paperback edition. Taking regular rests, today I was mostly occupied with irrigation and decapitation of garden plants, More lilies are blooming on the patio;Continue reading “Grrrrr”

Six Trains

This post by Linda at shoreacres, https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/32382/posts/2281944455 took me back this morning to my 1940s childhood. Linda has eloquently described steam railways in America. From 1947 to 1954 the magical – to us children at least – The Devon Belle steamed past our kitchen window in Raynes Park on its way from Waterloo station toContinue reading “Six Trains”

Selfie With Sir Robert

CLOCK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This afternoon we drove around the lanes to the east of the Forest. Our first port of call was the beach at Tanner’s Lane. A rowing boat lay among the rocks in the shallows. The water further out, fronting the Isle of Wight was blue, still, andContinue reading “Selfie With Sir Robert”

Even The Dog Knows……

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES WHERE INDIVIDUAL IMAGES CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING ON THE RELEVANT BOX. Helen and Shelly visited this morning for coffee, scones, and a trip round the garden. Unfortunately the sun disappeared during their visit. My later photographs saw betterContinue reading “Even The Dog Knows……”

Perseverance Rewarded

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Until 2.30 p.m. when Jackie drove us to Brockenhurst to collect our friend Sheila who is staying with us for a few days, she continued sterling maintenance in the garden while Aaron and Robin continued with the fencing. The erigeron outside the French windows featured as partContinue reading “Perseverance Rewarded”

How Many Bees In This Post?

Jackie and I spent the morning on an enforced feat of forestry. With the head gardener’s advice, guidance, and assistance I sawed off a myrtle branch that had been twisted by the gales, and then performed an autopsy on the snake bark maple. This latter tree has, sadly, died. We performed emergency amputations last autumn,Continue reading “How Many Bees In This Post?”

Mare’s Tails

On the train yesterday, with Kenneth O. Morgan’s ‘The Twentieth Century’, I finished reading ‘The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain’ in the 1992 edition.  Ten university historians have each contributed a section in their particular field, from Roman times to 1991.  Written for the layperson it does neverless assume a certain amount of prior knowledge, theContinue reading “Mare’s Tails”

Gathering Supplies For The Queen

I do not close my bedroom shutters in Sigoules, and am usually awake at daybreak.  Six telephone cables, stretched loosely along the street, pass the now double-glazed tall window.  There is a lamp fixed to the outside wall on my right.  As I stirred very early this morning, a fluorescent flash, lit by this illumination,Continue reading “Gathering Supplies For The Queen”