On a bright and sunny morning Jackie drove me to Giles’s Fox Hat home, where I delivered the Chesterton material he had lent me. She returned home and came back later to pick me up from the village of Milford on Sea. I had reached there by walking down Sharvills Road, up New Valley Drive and down Barnes Lane. The left knee managed the job quite well, but the calf bleated a bit. Giles had not been at home, but I wandered round his garden that had featured in Milford Open Gardens last June. Here is one of his stunning stained glass creations:
and a shot of maples and poppies enlivening his front plot.
Milford’s shoppers were enjoying the sunshine.
I sat on a bench on the green watching them all go by as I awaited my transport. In the process I engaged in conversation with others on the benches, including a gentleman reading The Independent. When I explained my previous link with the newspaper he said he didn’t solve crosswords, but his wife did. Maybe she had grappled with Mordred.
He was happy to be photographed,
but thought it far more appropriate to return the favour.
shade-loving thalictrum is now blooming,
as are white sweet Williams.
Yesterday, I wrongly identified the geranium that was attracting bees as a palmatum. This is the correct one.
This afternoon I cut the grass and Jackie continued creative planting.
Our evening meal was collected by Jackie from Hordle Chinese Takeaway. It was as plentiful and as delicately or spicily flavoured as usual. My lady drank Hoegaarden and her Knight drank Via di Cavallo chianti 2014.