The Toughest Test Yet

Yesterday’s rain had desisted and sun was permitted the occasional appearance when we took a drive into the forest this afternoon. A pony and foal had peeled off a group on Wootton Common alongside Holmsley Road. They held up the traffic on the opposite verge, until the mare abandoned the youngster who took some timeContinue reading “The Toughest Test Yet”

Owl Envy

On another hot and humid sunny day we took an early drive into the forest. Ponies and their foals clustered together in the lowest dip of Holmsley Passage, perhaps in hopes of evading the gathering flies. I disembarked along Bisterne Close and wandered into the dappled woodland, now devoid of ponies which could normally beContinue reading “Owl Envy”

At The Trough

James Peacock of Peacock Computers spent most of the morning with me on the phone and at my desk resolving the banking/computer problems. Naturally this has been a great relief. While James and I clicked on icons and stuff outside the kitchen door our nostrils were treated to the delicious aromas of Jackie’s lamb curryContinue reading “At The Trough”

Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe

I spent the whole morning foiling a suspected banking scam. This involved several phone calls, listening to long stretches of Muzak, and struggling with a Scots accent on a bad line. Don’t ask. I couldn’t bear to go through it again. This afternoon I reeled up the Gazebo Path to join Jackie who had spentContinue reading “Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe”

Jackie’s Photo Story

This afternoon, while I was focussing on scenes of destruction, Jackie was producing her own set of me in action. She began with my attention to the waves at Milton on Sea, and progressed to picturing my descent down the undulating soggy slopes into the woods for my own photoshoot.   Here is her takeContinue reading “Jackie’s Photo Story”

Scenes Of Devastation

We were promised further heavy winds today. They were postponed until tonight, which may explain why we saw no free roaming animals on our trip to the forest. On our way to the Milford pharmacy we stopped to watch the waves surging with spray and crashing on rocks as they practised for the races theyContinue reading “Scenes Of Devastation”

Whispering Leaves

The light today was bright; the skies clear; and the temperature cold. This morning we drove into the forest via   Holmsley Passage, with its splendid autumn colour burnishing both woodland trees and bracken-carpeted moorland. The moon, not yet having retired, nestled in the crook between two sunlit tree. Golfers in their retirement putted ballsContinue reading “Whispering Leaves”

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”

Witchcraft With Acorns

The light today was gloomy and the slate-grey overhead colander-canopy constantly leaked drizzle. Jackie reported that this morning while Muggle tweeted in her ear she realised that there was another exchange of battle cries between Nugget and someone else who occupied the garden of No 5 Downton Lane. There are now three robins setting outContinue reading “Witchcraft With Acorns”

The Halloween Template

The day began as gloomy as yesterday. The early rain was quite light – enough for us to put in a stint of clearing up clippings and dead heading before it increased in ferocity. I watched recordings of the Rugby World Cup matches between USA and Tonga; between Wales and Uruguay; and between Ireland andContinue reading “The Halloween Template”