Black Swans

Our friend, Paul Soren posted a picture yesterday that I said I thought would make a good screensaver. This morning Jackie took me on a forest drive. We began with the woodland alongside Bisterne Close where the soft forest floor alongside contained dry acorn cups, fallen branches and crisp autumn leaves, clustered beneath long decayingContinue reading “Black Swans”

“He Is Taking Your Photograph”

It was fortunate that we chose this reasonably bright morning to transport the last garden parasol to its winter quarters in the orange shed, and to carry the wooden patio chairs to the comparative safety of the narrow area beside one side of the house, for no sooner had we finished than the clouds darkenedContinue reading ““He Is Taking Your Photograph””

Otherwise She Would Block The Road

Early this morning I watched recordings of the Women’s rugby World Cup match between USA and Japan, and between Wales and New Zealand. Later, I telephoned O2 to ask once more for the PAC Code. I was connected to the Sales team. Carl, the man I spoke to, was very helpful and immediately sent theContinue reading “Otherwise She Would Block The Road”

From The Passenger Seat

This morning Jackie and I drove to The Oakhaven Hospice Trust furniture warehouse on the Ampress industrial estate in order to offer for collection a Chinese oak cabinet which is now surplus to our requirements. I took the opportunity to photograph the parched condition of the surrounding verges. The now golden moorland around Brockenhurst wasContinue reading “From The Passenger Seat”

Never Before As Dry As This

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/08/03/the-moonstone/ Later this afternoon we drove Flo and Dillon to Brockenhurst where we left them to wander for an hour while we continued up Rhinefield Road passing parched moorland featuring walkers and ponies on our way to the woodland along the Ornamental Drive. I have often photographed pictures like these whichContinue reading “Never Before As Dry As This”

Selecting Sheltered Spots

Early this morning Jackie continued the clearance in the Rose Garden. I carted her clippings to the compost bins and carried out more dead-heading before we shopped and the Co-op in Stopples Lane then took a drive into the forest. Well before mid-day shadows flickering in the woodland alongside Bisterne Close manifested as clusters ofContinue reading “Selecting Sheltered Spots”

Too Close

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/06/24/a-knights-tale-141-why-i-bought-no-3-rue-saint-jacques/ After lunch Jackie and I took a forest drive through Beachern Wood to Ober Corner where ponies and their foals rested in the still overcast and humid atmosphere. One suckler was welcomed – anther was given a clear message that he was getting too close. I walked through the woodlandContinue reading “Too Close”

Flo’s Take On The House In The Wood

As will be seen from yesterday’s post, Florence accompanied us on our visit to this glorious garden. She produced her own splendid photographic record. I am particularly grateful to her for the images created from beside the lake which I, adjudging the descent too precarious, was unable to reach. As usual each of these imagesContinue reading “Flo’s Take On The House In The Wood”

The House In The Wood

This afternoon Jackie, Flo, Elizabeth, and I visited The House in the Wood garden outside Beaulieu, under the National Gardens Scheme. The photographs can speak for themselves, although each one is titled in the gallery. Beside Hatchet Lane on our return home we encountered our first foals of the season: both donkeys, and ponies, oneContinue reading “The House In The Wood”