Tag: spider

  • A Knight’s Tale (101: We Are Quite Similar Really)

    I have already spoken of my freelance work with groups of people, in particular the Coping With Violence course. A meeting with two Eastern European mushroom gatherers in the New Forest in October 2013 reminded me of Anansi.   Sometime in the late 1980s I was facilitating a series of team building days with a […]

  • A Dazzled Spider

    With our dry heat now reaching 30C we carried out watering this afternoon before retreating indoors where I posted: https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/07/a-knights-tale-29-early-interviews/ , read more of Dickens’s Our Mutual friend and scanned the next five of Charles Keeping’s Inimitable illustrations. ‘The objectionable Sloppy’ ‘She folded her hand round Lizzie’s neck, and rocked herself on Lizzie’s breast’ ‘Riderhood […]

  • Sparring Sparrows

    This morning I spent some time studying the various avian eating activities. Garish goldfinches; red-breasted robins – Ron or Ronette;   daredevil dunnocks; squabbling sparrows; great tits all balanced precariously on the feeders swinging in today’s cooler east wind. I was fascinated by the various grips. The great tits grasped the mesh grid; a goldfinch gripped […]

  • The Moscow Show Trials

    There was not much sun breaking through the clouds today. This is quite useful when photographing white flowers like clematis Marie Boisselot as I did on my way to open the back gate for Aaron. Geranium Palmatums and their attendant red fuchsias caught a touch of it as I walked along the Shady Path. Bees […]

  • Losing The Plot?

    CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The sun returned today. This set us up nicely for our trawl through local solicitors in order to find one acceptable to the Family Building Society and willing to witness our signatures on the Mortgage Deed and the Declaration of Understanding. Starting off at Milford on Sea […]

  • My New Haircut

    CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today the temperature was unseasonably warm, and the skies overcast. Although we have a great number of flowers still blooming beyond their normal time, I chose this morning figuratively to pick a bunch of dahlias from the garden. On my way round my attention was drawn to […]

  • The Great Escape

    CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED With the return of the sunshine I carried out a little more tidying in the garden, especially dead-heading of roses, including Absolutely Fabulous, Crown Princess Margareta, and a pink climber recovered by Elizabeth. This wisteria occupied the Kitchen Bed when we arrived three years ago. Despite the […]

  • Blackberrying Donkeys

    CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. I had an interesting conversation at my bank this morning. For some months now there have been placed several bowls of sweets on the counters, for customers to consume. I commented that they still had these on offer. ‘We do look after you’, was the response. ‘Hmm’, […]

  • A Topsy-Turvy Season

    CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. A wander round the garden in this balmy morning’s light diffused by wandering clouds above raised questions about what season we are enjoying. An industrious web constructing spider, seeking camouflage in the spent marigold seedpods must have been confused by the plants’ fresh blooms. By early evening […]

  • More Than It Could Chew?

    It was yet another unseasonably hot day. I cleared up after last night’s fire. It had become dark before I was able to finish the exercise. I gathered up the unburnt branches, chopped them up small, and piled them beside the incinerator which has taken the place of the two old wheelbarrows. The rusty metal […]