“So I Could Get A Photograph Like That”

By lunchtime today I had passed six more of Charles Keeping’s characteristic illustrations on my visit to ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. ‘Quilp’s Wharf’ is an accurate depiction of such Thames-side area of the period. ‘Richard Swiveller’s companion addressed him with great energy and earnestness of manner’ as we can see. ‘Here, then he sat, hisContinue reading ““So I Could Get A Photograph Like That””

Much Neighing In The Woodland

This morning I watched the Channel 4 broadcast of the third day’s play of the second Test match between India and England in Chennai. Today the temperature was a little warmer than of late; the weather just as gloomy yet less wet. After lunch we took a drive into the forest. A pair of equestriennesContinue reading “Much Neighing In The Woodland”

Damp

On a decidedly dank morning we took a damp drive to Ferndene Farm Shop via Otter and Everton Garden Centres. We didn’t find what we were looking for in the garden centres, but the Ferndene shop was well stocked and not crowded. We returned home via Holmsley and Forest Road. Although there were a numberContinue reading “Damp”

Walking in Aquitaine

With five more chapters of Little Dorrit under my belt I now present five more of Charles Keeping’s splendid drawings. ‘Mr Flintwinch held the candle to her head’. ‘It was a charming place, on the road by the river’ is reminiscent of the paintings of John Constable. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Constable In ‘He applied spoons to his eye’,Continue reading “Walking in Aquitaine”

Bleeding Heart Yard

After two more chapters of ‘Little Dorrit’ I scanned two more of Charles Keeping’s excellent illustrations. In ‘He ate all that was put before him’, Keeping has accurately depicted the character Christopher Hibbert described as the ‘one truly evil character in the book’. ‘You got out of the Yard by a low gateway into aContinue reading “Bleeding Heart Yard”

Twilight Haze

On a dull and frosty morning Jackie photographed some aspects of the garden. A perky dragon was garlanded in frosted ivy; the ‘Autumn’ sculpture vied with winter; euphorbia, cordyline Australis, and rose leaves bore fringes of frost and lingering water drops; some potted pansies were rather limp, while iris reticulata and tulips broke the soilContinue reading “Twilight Haze”

I Had Seriously Overdone It

Now we are back in full lockdown I took a walk along Christchurch Road to the field leading to Honeylake Wood. So far so good. I was not quite the only walker leaving footprints on the muddy track leading to the leaf-laden undulating path down to the bridge over the fast running stream. Reaching theContinue reading “I Had Seriously Overdone It”

Waterlogged

This afternoon we took a crisp sunshine forest drive. Jackie waited in Brownhills car park while I wandered along the largely waterlogged roadside verges for a while. This was a day for family walks. While certain spots were decidedly overcrowded, lesser known areas like Bisterne Close, where Jackie parked the Modus, were safe enough. IContinue reading “Waterlogged”

Silhouettes At Sunset

We set out for a drive in the forest an hour before sunset. There were a number of people out riding, such as this young lady on Barrows Lane. They were usually in no particular hurry. Neither were we. As I emerged from the Modus high on Holmsley Passage, a dog in a Land RoverContinue reading “Silhouettes At Sunset”

Head To Head

On a bright, crisp, afternoon Jackie drove us to Bisterne Close, where she parked and sat in the car while I wandered into the forest with my camera, rustling the dried autumn leaves, across which the low sun cast long shadows. One lone cow wandered off into the distance. Golden gorse glowed; a few beechContinue reading “Head To Head”