A Remarkable Year For Flora

UnknownEarly this morning we kept a GP appointment in Milford on Sea. I was given a referral for my Dupuytren’s contracture. This photograph from the internet best shows the stage mine has reached. I know it looks unseemly, but it is awkward rather than painful. I cannot straighten the finger.

Afterwards, on this exceedingly mild day I took a stroll round the garden. Apart from the cyclamens, pansies and other flowers normally blooming at this time, we have mahonias, hellebores, roses, and bidens.CyclamenPansyMahoniaHelleboreRoseRose CompassionbidensCamellia budNasturtium

More camellias are budding, and even nasturtiums have survived. This really has been a remarkable year for flora.

Stump

A pig with a ring through its nose winked and smiled out of one of the multicoloured stumps on the back drive.

Paul and Margery came for a visit at midday and brought back unsold framed photographs from the Ruby exhibition. Our friend is pleased to have become a dab hand at the difficult task of leaving our front drive and emerging into Christchurch Road.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s delicious lamb jafrezi (recipe) and savoury rice with egg custard to follow. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I consumed a little more of the cabernet sauvignon.

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