Over The Fence

Knackered at the end of the day yesterday, I chose to ignore one encroachment of foliage onto the path. This hinged upon a Virginia creeper no longer adequately supported by a partially collapsed wooden arch. It was beset by one of our own expansive trees and rambling bramble. I knew, however, if I ventured into theContinue reading “Over The Fence”

‘Last One To The Chimney Pot’s A Sissy’

Jackie has, on and off all week, been working at clearing the longest radial brick path. We determined today to finish it together. I began at the far end and Jackie continued working away from the house. The radial paths, we think, were laid down in the 1980s. This one joins a much older one,Continue reading “‘Last One To The Chimney Pot’s A Sissy’”

Jattie’s Sculpture

A pair of bullfinches visited the garden this morning. They are shy birds, and scarpered pretty sharpish, before I could snatch a photograph, so I nicked these images from the internet. Today we made two trips to Ron and Shelly’s home in Walkford to collect more of the plants they have been carefully fostering forContinue reading “Jattie’s Sculpture”

Supporting Big Ben

Jackie and I began the day with a trip to Ferndene Farm shop for more gravel, for the patio corner and the path completed a couple of days ago that I am freshening up. We didn’t quite have enough for both, but I think you will get the picture. A few more flowers were plantedContinue reading “Supporting Big Ben”

Transformation

Today Jackie and I almost finished working on the boundary mentioned yesterday. She worked on planting in various parts of the area around the house, in particular the blue painted butler sinks, which she did a grand job of disguising. My task was to continue trimming the invaders from next door. Jackie helped me toContinue reading “Transformation”

A Tale Of Two Climbers

Today was another wet one. That put paid to any continuation of the pathfinding project, but we worked on others in brief spells between the rains. An interesting variety of gladiolus has emerged outside the back door to the kitchen. Jackie drove off to Everton Garden Centre to buy some annuals. She returned with quiteContinue reading “A Tale Of Two Climbers”

A Pair Of Frogs

Jackie and I spent the whole of this gloriously sunny day on path clearance in the garden. She worked on the brick one at the back of the house, whilst I concentrated on a gravelled track further along our plot. The plastic bucket on my path has no bottom. There are a number of suchContinue reading “A Pair Of Frogs”

The Heligan Path

Last night, with Giles, Jean, another Jackie, and Paul, we were entertained, first by Windmill Swing Band, at Milford on Sea Community Centre. This was an interesting experience. It was difficult for me, with my untrained ear, quite to decipher what we were hearing. The female singer had a powerful voice and performed very well,Continue reading “The Heligan Path”

An Inconvenient Trip

  This morning, as we were beset by a howling gale, while Jackie continued scraping grouting smeared all over the tiles of the downstairs lavatory, I further reflected on yesterday’s portrait. She was working on the wall the other side of the mirror. I delved into my random negatives and scanned ten from the mid-1970sContinue reading “An Inconvenient Trip”

Camouflaged Beauty

Knowing we were in for rain today we optimistically shopped at Ferndene Farm Shop for six bags of compost and four of gravel. Jackie had made an early start on weeding more of the brick paths, but as soon as I put in an appearance the precipitation that was to develop into a lengthy thunderstormContinue reading “Camouflaged Beauty”