En Route To Cornwall

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF NECESSARY. A.P. Maintenance, in the form of Aaron and Robin, this morning, almost finished the fence they have built  between our garden and that of North Breeze. On the way through to the gate to the back drive, I enjoyed the early morning sunlight blazing through this hangingContinue reading “En Route To Cornwall”

Gardening With A Camera

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Photographing while gardening is a hazardous business. I blame the camera’s unforgiving eye. My entertainment this morning was tidying up the Rose Garden with dead-heading and sweeping back into the beds the mulch bark that our avian friends daily toss onto the paving; and clearing up theContinue reading “Gardening With A Camera”

Our Industrial Past

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. I forgot to mention yesterday that when I returned home I found that my cheque from Laithwaite’s had been delivered. The Félicité Perpétue rose in the front garden has been sending thorny tentacles across the drive. This morning I restrained them with green wire. Alongside the marguerites that accompanyContinue reading “Our Industrial Past”

The Old Vic On The Green

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. I made my usual journey by train to London Waterloo for a lunch date with Norman at Tas. Jackie drove me to New Milton for the outward trip, and collected me from Brockenhurst for the return. On a very crowded train I sat with a mother andContinue reading “The Old Vic On The Green”

Licking Into Shape

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning we bought another parasol for the South end gravelled patio. After lunch, The Head Gardener watered and I dead-headed The Rose Garden. Here there are two examples of similar but different flowers that she has been pointing out recently. These are For Your Eyes Only andContinue reading “Licking Into Shape”

An Incontestable Explanation

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED It was an interesting day. We began by searching out a garden parasol that would meet the exacting requirements of the Head Gardener. Beginning with Stewart’s at Christchurch, where we at least bought a dahlia with this month’s half price offer token, we travelled to Redcliffe NurseriesContinue reading “An Incontestable Explanation”

‘Mum’s So Lucky’

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Aaron, who is A.P. Maintenance, made much further progress on the fencing he is now building to repel the abandoned North Breeze boarders. I made him an A4 print of this shot. He was very chuffed with it. The sunlight providing the dappled effect soon disappeared, soContinue reading “‘Mum’s So Lucky’”

A Rapid Change Of Light.

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Early this morning we had an avian visitor, in the form of a juvenile robin looking wistfully through the kitchen window, during intervals between frantic flapping. Jackie lifted it up and set it free, but didn’t wait for me to get in another shot. Unbeknown to us, when weContinue reading “A Rapid Change Of Light.”

The Death Of The Heart

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENHANCE. REPET IF REQUIRED Today, I have been mostly watering plants. Nicotiana now soars aloft. Several of our clematises, such as Diversifolia Hendersonii and Queen Mother in the front garden, and Duchess of Albany on the Rose Garden pergola bear hats of invisible pixies frolicking and turning somersaults in the sunshine. This lily hasContinue reading “The Death Of The Heart”