Lunch Time

  Yesterday evening Jackie borrowed the camera to photograph poppy heads. This morning we worked on cropping the images. Jackie then drove us to Kilmington, near Axminster in Devon, and back. Our friends Luci and Wolf are spending a week in a holiday cottage there. This is The Linhay off Whitford Road. It is aContinue reading “Lunch Time”

That’s One I Made Earlier

The Milford Conservation Volunteers have developed a Wildlife Garden Project. This morning, as we travelled to Studland Drive, couples were seen walking all over the village clutching brochures which gave them admission to 25 gardens in the small coastal town. One of these was the home of our old friend Giles Darvill, coordinator of theContinue reading “That’s One I Made Earlier”

The Cat’s Paws

This morning Jackie carried out further heavy weeding of the oval bed, whilst I didn’t quite manage to empty the bath. First I had to reach the object of my attention. This involved pruning the box hedge which was its first line of defence. Then that of brambles had to be breached. Then what I hadContinue reading “The Cat’s Paws”

An Alfresco Bath

  The red bottle brush plant, which I passed on my way to continue work on the kitchen garden, is now looking resplendent.   There are a great deal of treasures hidden in the undergrowth of today’s target area. Peeking through nettle leaves, for example, are raspberries. A blackcurrant bush bears fruit, strawberries soon will,Continue reading “An Alfresco Bath”

Not Fit For Purpose

Yesterday, Jackie tackled a section of lonicera forcing its way through a piece of matting fencing erected by our predecessor. Because this invasive shrub was sandwiched between our side and a garage it had nowhere to go save through our flimsy fence. It was also very difficult to access. She did rather well, I thought.Continue reading “Not Fit For Purpose”

The Power Of Speech

This morning, Jackie drove me to New Milton where I caught the London train. It is the first week of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Naturally the train was to have an additional stop at Wimbledon. Naturally it was a little late. Naturally it contained only four coaches. Naturally one of those was designated First Class.Continue reading “The Power Of Speech”

The Watchers Watched

Including strimming the grass, Jackie continued with general gardening this morning whilst I scanned the last ten of the photographs for Norman’s book, retouched the images, and made a dozen prints. The quality of these large-format negatives dating back to 1957 is very good. One could hardly call the creative task Jackie finished this eveningContinue reading “The Watchers Watched”

Sam Had The Answer

As I sweated in the heat of the day, preparing for a bonfire later on, I thought of the warmth that some of the cuttings pile would provide in the winter. What I was engaged in was breaking and cutting enough of the debris into bite-sized chunks and transporting them to burn in the decommissionedContinue reading “Sam Had The Answer”

Does Anyone Recognise This?

The two young heroines of The Three Peaks Challenge, each posted on Facebook today that they were unable to move. I think they have earned a fortnight’s pampering. A surprise visit from Matthew this morning gave me a good excuse to potter about and wander round the garden whilst Jackie undertook some more serious weeding.Continue reading “Does Anyone Recognise This?”

A Marvellous Achievement

The passion flower rescued recently is now blooming. Early this morning we learned that the intrepid trio attempting the Three Peaks Challenge were, having completed Scafell Pike in three and a half hours, doing well. Louisa has sent some stunning photographs. Signs of excited tiredness are evident at the summit, but when you think they hadContinue reading “A Marvellous Achievement”