What Happened To My Finger?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT AS REQUIRED. A myriad of flying creatures feasted on fennel this morning. This splendid hoverfly dwarfed its relative just above. Perhaps unusual in the insect world this harmless creature’s scary camouflage serves the purpose of drawing attention in order to instil fear. It has a long, slender, tongue which it inserts intoContinue reading “What Happened To My Finger?”


CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Early this morning I stepped out into the garden to investigate the final work that Jackie did on Margery’s bed yesterday. First she took out some unwanted plants, then replenished the soil and planted more lobelias. Before returning to my armchair I spotted many bees foraging among the New BedContinue reading “Abandoned”

A Partial Reconciliation.

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF NECESSARY. Today, feeling rather feverish, I spent the best part of the day in bed. In the intervals when my eyes were open I finished reading Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’. It is more that 50 years since I decided I didn’t like her writing. Maybe, now I’mContinue reading “A Partial Reconciliation.”

Planting Continues

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. My contribution to garden maintenance today was to accompany Aaron to Mole Country Supplies to buy more fencing materials with which he and Robin virtually completed their job; to cut the grass; and to dead head some roses. Jackie did a lot of watering. In the RoseContinue reading “Planting Continues”

Bloggers United

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. On a warm and sunny morning a long-awaited visit took place. My blogging friend, the talented writer, Geoff Le Pard, who had spent much of his childhood a mile away from our home, came, with The Textiliste, The Lawyer, and The Beautician, to visit us and ourContinue reading “Bloggers United”


CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Isan Thai, here photographed by Barrie Haynes, has been in business for just a few weeks. Here is its brochure description: It deserves to continue. This is where we spent a most convivial evening and excellent meal yesterday evening, at 129 Parkstone Road, Poole. We joined BarrieContinue reading “Deadheading”

Salt Marshes

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Early this morning I walked around the garden to survey the elemental damage. The review of the situation was actually encouraging. The nicotiana and agapanthus staked up a couple of days ago have perked up; as have the white gladioli, and the surviving Priscillas in the NewContinue reading “Salt Marshes”

Tourist Time

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED On a much brighter morning, Jackie and I transported two more large bags of garden refuse to the recycling centre. This time we returned with yet another garden bench. All we have to do now is find a space for it. We then drove around the forest,Continue reading “Tourist Time”

May Fair

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Incessant rain had hammered down for 24 hours after the family left yesterday. It was not until mid afternoon that we could go outside to survey the damage and stake up the taller plants like these nicotiana sylvestris that had been beaten and weighed down. Some, such as theContinue reading “May Fair”