No Further Sustenance Required

Have you ever heard of nasturtiums blooming in England six days before Christmas? Well you have now. These still cling, erect, to the trellis attached to the garage door. The purpose of Walkford Woodland Burial Ground is to provide plots for interment and for ashes which will eventually return to their natural state. Approved treesContinue reading “No Further Sustenance Required”

A Haven Of Peace After The Storm

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY This morning we wandered around the garden investigating signs of Spring regrowth. We have snowdrops, hellebores and crocuses coming into bloom. The still small daphne odorata is keeping its powder dry until the temperature is warm enough for its burgeoning buds to burstContinue reading “A Haven Of Peace After The Storm”

Misty Moors

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN CLUSTERS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Today we visited Shelly and Ron’s at Walkford for an excellent lunch and an afternoon spent in convivial company and reminiscence. The other guests were Helen and Bill. Before lunch I joined the three sisters in laying the annualContinue reading “Misty Moors”

Not Exactly A Chair

Over coffee, Jackie and I began the day discussing the detail of the Churchill queue photographs posted yesterday. Even I, who had been there in January 1965, was surprised at what can be revealed by clicking on the images to enlarge them. This prompted me to add a postscript that you may find as fascinatingContinue reading “Not Exactly A Chair”

Mum’s Ring

After a little more packing this morning we drove over to Shelly and Ron’s in Walkford to unload some of it for storage in their home before we move. Just around the corner from Jackie’s sister and brother-in-law, the ashes of her much-loved mother lie buried in  Woodland Burial Ground. The Walkford site is oneContinue reading “Mum’s Ring”

A Good Woman

On 25th December there cannot be many homes in this country without a television turned on at some time in the day, perhaps to watch The Snowman, The Shawshank Redemption, or The Queen’s Speech.  It is incidentally amazing that the same queen, Elizabeth II, who had already been on the throne for ten years inContinue reading “A Good Woman”

Return Of The Deluge

This morning I walked down through Minstead some way past The Trusty Servant until, finding the road impassable without wellies, I turned back.  Driving through this particular pool later confirmed that my decision had been sound. I described yesterday as a respite from the deluge.  It was a very brief one.  Relentless rain that hadContinue reading “Return Of The Deluge”