Hinton Ampner House


Earlier this year we took a day trip, out into the countryside, with our heavily pregnant granddaughter. We ended in the grounds of the National Trust house, Hinton Ampner. From the National Trust website …. This elegant country manor and tranquil garden sit so harmoniously within the landscape that one cannot exist without the other.… Continue reading Hinton Ampner House

Staunton Country Park Farm


A few days ago we spent a cracking day with some of our grand children. We visited Staunton Country Park Farm, a calm oasis just a short distance out-of-town. Calm that is, if you ignore the general hubbub of the excited children feeding the animals or in the play park. From the Staunton website ….… Continue reading Staunton Country Park Farm

Still Bloody Cold


Despite the dire warnings of the forecasters, we still don’t have any snow. Well, not strictly true, I guess, as my car does look like it has a bit of a dandruff problem. The wind blew a hooley most of last night, so I was expecting snow drifts this morning. Boy was I disappointed and… Continue reading Still Bloody Cold

A November Afternoon


A short while ago, I had the great pleasure of going for a walk with my granddaughter Becky. We chose to visit Emsworth, a short drive from home. Becky is 21 and, as with all my grand children, always perks up this grumpy 66 year old. Emsworth is a small town in Hampshire on the… Continue reading A November Afternoon

View From The Conservatory


I was both astounded and disappointed to discover that my last “View” was posted just over a year ago. I know that we have been busy and there have been other more recent posts. Admittedly, the conservatory has been rebuilt and we did take off to Australia for three months followed by a month in… Continue reading View From The Conservatory