Country Girl

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning I received a request from Judith Munns to post a daily wildlife picture on Facebook. I spent some time making a few selections and began with this one from This afternoon Country Girl was delivered. At Fiveways she has replaced the chimney pot, removed by JackieContinue reading “Country Girl”

Mini Marathon Rewards

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Yesterday evening, apparently of its own accord, our front door opened and in walked a dog. Not to worry, it was Scooby, soon to be followed by Becky and Ian who had come to stay the night. As we sat around the kitchen table, lowering sunlight playedContinue reading “Mini Marathon Rewards”

Mini Marathon Part 2

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. We began this dull, overcast, day with two trips to the dump with three bags of clippings. Returning with only a towel rack, this was almost a first. (A first would be coming away empty-handed). After a little clearing up in the garden, by request, I printedContinue reading “Mini Marathon Part 2”

Mini Marathon Part 1

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today’s rain was heavier, and steady. We drove to the Post Office in Hordle to replenish my stock of stamps and send the French water payment on its way. The next visit was to have been to the dump with our bags of hedge and other clippings. WeContinue reading “Mini Marathon Part 1”

The End Of The Roll

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. We were promised sunshine and showers today. In the end the rain dominated. Consequently I was unable to cut the grass. There was nothing for it but, with the sun on my back when it did put in an appearance, while being dripped on by the trees,Continue reading “The End Of The Roll”

A Devon Holiday

CLICK ON IMAGES FOR ENLARGEMENT. REPEAT IF REQUIRED On this pleasant but blustery day , I spent a while reading on the Ace Reclaim bench. My current novel is ‘The Death of the Heart’ by Elizabeth Bowen. Naturally, my eyes wavered to take in the views offered from this vantage point. Straight ahead is the PalmContinue reading “A Devon Holiday”

Graffiti Dominates

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning I dead-headed 24 prolific rose bushes. That was quite a lot of faded blooms. All my life I have understood the preferred method to be to snip off the used stem above the next join. Now, The Head Gardener informs me that current thinkingContinue reading “Graffiti Dominates”

Taking On The Hedge

Jackie, having kept me supplied with plenty of food, drove off this morning for her annual three day holiday with her two sisters. The griselinia hedge between us and the corner bungalow has begun to push Jackie’s spring planting across the back drive in search of light. After today’s earlier rain, I decided to give the treesContinue reading “Taking On The Hedge”

A Wildlife Garden

CLICK ON IMAGES (ESPECIALLY THE CRICKET) TO ENLARGE. REPEAT (ESPECIALLY THE CRICKET) IF REQUIRED. DID I MENTION THE CRICKET? It is two years since we were last assisting our friend Giles in opening his garden in Milford on Sea. Once more, today, we took the first stint in his rota. Overnight rain had only recently desistedContinue reading “A Wildlife Garden”

A Bee And Three Flies

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Early this morning, we drove Sheila to Brockenhurst for her return home. Apart from Jackie’s planting , and my occasional wander round the garden on this overcast day, we spent it flopping. We have blooming clematises Niobe and Arabella on the kitchen wall; Comtesse de Bouchaud sporting aContinue reading “A Bee And Three Flies”