A Competition

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Although the wind lessened somewhat first thing this morning, it soon picked up again and was not conducive to repair work in the garden. Our sole venture in that direction was to buy some more canes from Everton Nursery. Aaron and Robin began building a log shelterContinue reading “A Competition”


CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT AS REQUIRED. Gusting 50+ miles per hour winds wreaked havoc overnight and today. They are due to continue until tomorrow morning. Pots and chairs, even the new heavy wooden ones, were blown down, and the taller plants, such as the nicotiana staked up a few days ago,  were bentContinue reading “Havoc”

Birthday Girl

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today’s rainy day post begins with this morning’s scanning of some 1983 and 1984 black and white negatives. In ‘Across One Bridge And Under Another’ I published a colour photograph of Matthew on the bank of The River Thames at Putney with his driftwood find. This was towardsContinue reading “Birthday Girl”

Away From Its Natural Environment

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. It was a bit early in the morning to be presented with a Rorschach test, but that is what Jackie spotted in this morning’s sunlight. The cosmos and lobelia planting in the iron urn obscures the gazebo path. Ginger lilies are now in bloom. After the early burst ofContinue reading “Away From Its Natural Environment”

The Trail Picked Up Again

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today was one for Jackie to water her babies, and for me to dead-head the Rose Garden. We have many dahlias enhancing various beds; and rudbeckia, canna lilies, Japanese anemones, and buddleia blending in the Palm Bed. This afternoon we hit the Hordle Scarecrow Trail once more. EntryContinue reading “The Trail Picked Up Again”

Hordle Scarecrow Trail

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning we visited New Milton, for a shop at Lidl; for me to have a haircut at Hair Design opposite; and to pay some cheques into the bank, although there’s hardly any point in the current economic climate. Following the amount of interest expressed in yesterday’sContinue reading “Hordle Scarecrow Trail”

Letting The Toddler Win The Race

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning we went for a driveabout in the forest. It is not unusual to notice cartoon character flattened squirrels on the winding lanes. On the very narrow track bounded by thick impenetrable hedgerows that links Newtown with Minstead, a young tree rat caught ahead of the carContinue reading “Letting The Toddler Win The Race”

Lurking In The Shade

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today Aaron and Robin levelled out the soil flanking the new fence and cleared away our last items of debris in preparation for building a log store. The rubbish included the buried bath, now in its last resting place on the Back Drive, before removal to the dump.Continue reading “Lurking In The Shade”

Out Of The Corner Of My Eye

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Apart from June, August is possibly the best time to appreciate Jackie’s planting design. I wandered around this morning with that specifically in mind. This view from the Brick Path takes in the planting of the small triangular bed at the intersection of this path with theContinue reading “Out Of The Corner Of My Eye”

Patrick’s Patch Revisited

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. We enjoyed a productive drive through the forest this morning. On Hincheslea Moor the horizon still bore the early haze, as one man and his dog disappeared into the bracken, whilst the sun’s rays illuminated the rest, especially the bright purple heather. Venturing into the wooded area atContinue reading “Patrick’s Patch Revisited”