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Camera Corner

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 17:03

Great photos from yesteryear Steephill.  

Here, by way of contrast, are a couple of my Hampshire Heath on a rainy day in January.  Thought the orangey browness of it all couldn't be further from Fairy's icy peaks


 But striking in its own way. (Its Ludshott Common Steephill - only a hop,skip and a jump from you now)


Posted: 02/01/2016 at 11:45

No - Fairy didn't have to be rescued, but she might do if she was daft enough to set out in weather like today's.  But she's not (that) daft, so the rescue teams are free to save others' skins.


Posted: 02/01/2016 at 11:37

Fair warning Frank. Not sure there will be heathfires on Ludshott Common today, but adders are always present, so you're right, never completely safe.  

I've seen what the heath fires can do round here too - both Frensham and Thursley have suffered in my time here - and it is truly humbling what can happen when they take hold. When was your time in Bordon?  Sounds pretty nightmarish. Glad you were able to protect people.


Posted: 02/01/2016 at 10:29

morning  persisting down out there, but might go for a walk anyway.  Unlike Fairy, noone will need to be called out to rescue us on a hampshire heath, and I only have 2 more days of freedom before work, so want to make the most of them ......I can't say I am looking forward to going back.  Not that I don't enjoy work ...i just enjoy holidays too.

Hope you get there soon Hosta - liked Crete when we were there, but not under those circumstances

Missed Sherlock last night - looks like it will need a clear head, so will attempt it once my cobwebs have been blown/washed away

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 16:15

Happy New Year Marion.  Look forward to following your adventures on this thread


Posted: 01/01/2016 at 16:12

So pleased to hear news about SiL Pdoc

Back from our walk - rain started half way round, so that cleared out the lightweights and we got the place to ourselves.  Very atmospheric with the mists swirling round.  And I can now vouch for the waterproof properties of my new boots

My decs will come down on twelth night (weds) ...I'm a stickler for those old traditions/superstitions.  i'll be back at work by then so "down" constitutes "all in a pile on the dining room table, to be packed away at the weekend"

New Year's Day 2016 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 12:04

Forgot to add how much I enjoyed doing that Nut, i keep my lists from year to year ...wouldn't miss it as a NY experience. I think it beats champagne.

New Year's Day 2016 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 12:01

 Starting with my most surprising:



rudbeckia indian summer (think January is stretching that concept quite far)

chanomeles - red one and madame butterfly

erysium bowles mauve

pulmonarias - blue ensign, opal and trevi fountain all going for it

rose - little white pet

then, more usual, hamamellis, winter honeysuckle, viburnum dawn, hellebores (oriental and stinking), cyclamen coum, rosemary, vinca, primroses, euphorbia, hazel catkins and gaulteria (if, like Fairy, I get to count the white blobs)

But still, indisputably the belle of the ball is my old friend Jackie P:

 ....what a gal !!


Posted: 01/01/2016 at 10:50

PS - ET makes me cry too I suppose WarHorse wasn't the first time I had blubbed over a puppet after all.  


Posted: 01/01/2016 at 10:49


Few fireworks here - we stood outside and watched them in lieu of partying - but what a gorgeous, crystal clear, starry night it was .  Could make out the rest of Orion, to go with his belt, which is normally the only bit I can recognise.  Also finished the Christmas jigsaw .....very satisfying

Planning another walk today (guess who got new walking boots for Christmas) then a meal out in the New Forest with Mr C's folks tonight.

Enjoy the first day of the New Year everyone ....start as you mean to go on

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