An Arboreal Charnel House

Although still breezy and somewhat nippy, our morning’s weather was much brighter. Accompanied by chirruping small birds, the screeching of the greenfinch, the cooing of doves, the repeated mating plea of a wood pigeon, and the gentle buzzing of the bees, Jackie continued her various plantings such as those in tubs, stone urns, box containersContinue reading “An Arboreal Charnel House”

Sylvan Ecology

This morning we visited Lidl for a big shop. The Caterer in Chief donned a mask, entered the supermarket, and returned with a trolley load of goods while I sat in the car and read until it was time for me to assist with loading the purchases into the boot. When we arrived home IContinue reading “Sylvan Ecology”

More Than It Could Chew

First published in 1936, just three years before the outbreak of World War 2, “Eyeless in Gaza” is possibly Aldous Huxley’s most acclaimed work. His familiar themes of the tension between emotional and intellectual lives of his privileged hedonistic characters are explored in depth with his usual insightful knowledge of these self-centred human beings. HeContinue reading “More Than It Could Chew”

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”