Spring Verges

Rain yesterday had prevented me from photographing Martin’s garden work. First he completed the tidying of the Back Drive. When our neighbours put up a new section of the fence between us the hook retaining our five barred gate disappeared. Martin fitted a new one, straightened the last of the line of bricks, removed refuseContinue reading “Spring Verges”

A Photographer With Two Assistants

This afternoon Jackie took Flo and me for a drive. We passed walkers among the grass of Saltgrass Lane, along which we viewed low clouds giving the Isle of Wight the appearance of high mountains fronted by the Hurst Lighthouse and medieval castle; and figures on the spit continuing along the low tide flats. UnbeknownContinue reading “A Photographer With Two Assistants”

A Knight’s Tale (122: The Thames In South Oxfordshire)

Here the row continues along the River Thames in South Oxfordshire This was still near enough to normal civilisation for elderly couples to be out walking along the banks. If there were any footpaths on this stretch, they lay beneath the ripeness of, summer requiring negotiation, in the form of wild flowers attracting bees; grassesContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (122: The Thames In South Oxfordshire)”

A Knight’s Tale (119: The Foxton Staircase)

I continued tracking my son along the Oxford Canal into July 2003, beside landscaped abstracts of furrowed fields. Beyond Oxford, Sam took to the Grand Union Canal alongside which the footpaths were often completely overgrown, albeit with pleasant wild flowers, such as meadowsweet and willow herb. The many butterflies flitting about included gatekeepers, red admirals,Continue reading “A Knight’s Tale (119: The Foxton Staircase)”

Head To Head

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY A patch of mostly dull and cold weather is giving me ample reasons for continuing with the scanning of the negatives of the long walk of the rather hot July of 2003. Today we are again back on the River Thames in SouthContinue reading “Head To Head”

Sometimes I Couldn’t Keep Up

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A CLUSTER TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY Paul Auster’s ‘The New York Trilogy is a series of novelettes, originally published in sequence as City of Glass (1985), Ghosts (1986) and The Locked Room (1986); and combined into a single volume the following year. The author, born February 3, 1947, ‘is’, accordingContinue reading “Sometimes I Couldn’t Keep Up”

The Foxton Flight

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY It rained all day today. Aaron, who could not work in such weather, came for a pleasant chat over a mug of tea. I will not bore either my readers or myself with full details of today’s BT episode. But it does warrantContinue reading “The Foxton Flight”

The Roadside Meadow

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Municipal planting has been one of the facilities offered by Local Authorities in these straitened times to have fallen by the wayside. In the metaphorical sense this is not true of New Forest District Council. Last autumn seeds were sown by the side of the A337 andContinue reading “The Roadside Meadow”

Latin Gave Me Up

Although not having got round its baffle, the crow is back trampling the petunias on the chimney pot. The squirrel, on the other hand, earned a meal this morning. It made a successful launch from the eucalyptus, crash landed on top of the corvine baffle, slipped underneath it, and scoffed away. Given that the rodent hasContinue reading “Latin Gave Me Up”

Carry On Regardless

David has sent me an e-mail giving the information that Jamie and the Crazy Hearts will be performing a barbecue concert at Le Code Bar this coming Saturday evening.  So, come on, all my French readers, turn up.  I am assured by Fred that Johnny Cash will be there in person.  Possibly in spirit, anyway.Continue reading “Carry On Regardless”