Island In The Sun

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning’s sunshine lasted long enough to draw me into pruning the rose garden. By the time I had finished the skies had clouded over and rain begun. Between showers Jackie was able to plant primulas into the large windowContinue reading “Island In The Sun”

The Wrong Location For Mr Crocker

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Today was a very wet one. This gave me the opportunity for taking another virtual trip to London, through the medium of another dozen colour slides, from August 2004, that I scanned this morning. These are all images ofContinue reading “The Wrong Location For Mr Crocker”

Waking Up To Leatherhead

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Yesterday afternoon Jackie drove us to Leatherhead Travelodge where we joined Helen and Bill, Shelly and Ron in order to watch the performance of directed by the sisters’ cousin Pat O’Connell. First, we watched the second half of theContinue reading “Waking Up To Leatherhead”

We’re Off Out

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. THE PAIR ACCESS A GALLERY THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Today we are travelling to Leatherhead for the annual Gilbert and Sullivan production of the Godalming Operatic Society directed by Jackie’s cousin Pat O’Connell. We intend to make our leisurely way there; join Helen, Bill, ShellyContinue reading “We’re Off Out”

Half Term

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Storm Doris had blown about the bag of twigs gathered up a couple of days ago, and dumped more on the beds and paths in the garden. The Shady Path, with its Camellia shrubs didn’t look too bad, exceptContinue reading “Half Term”

It’s An Ill Wind…..

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Yesterday evening we dined with Helen, Bill, Shelly, and Ron at Tyrell’s Ford Country Inn and Hotel at Avon, near Christchurch. As the only group in the dining we enjoyed the attentions of a friendly waitress. My choice of mealContinue reading “It’s An Ill Wind…..”

Ratty

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Sometimes serendipitous synchronicity surprises. Scanning colour slides from summer 1986 this morning, I found this to be so. I have mentioned before that we house-sat The Dumb Flea for the Drapers for a couple of weeks that year. WeContinue reading “Ratty”

Rasputin

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. Shed by trees and strewn around the garden’s beds and paths, last winter’s twigs would have filled a mattress. Those I gathered this afternoon certainly occupied the best part of one of our orange bags of ‘green’ refuse destined for the recycling centre. Father Christmas was generous with hose this year. Even so,Continue reading “Rasputin”

From Autumn Leaves to Snowdrops

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. Bill Edney had the unenviable task of getting those of us schoolboys at Wimbledon College who could not manage Latin through ‘O’ Level Geography after several terms without a teacher. Today I remembered a different anecdote from that told in the link highlighted above. Sheep, I know do not like long,Continue reading “From Autumn Leaves to Snowdrops”

What’s Come Up

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Today, I wandered around the garden contemplating spring clearing, and investigating what’s come up. There are many different primulas;  borage; pulmonaria; snowdrops and hellebores galore; daffodils such as February Gold and Têtes-à-Têtes; crocuses; irises; and cyclamen. Views across theContinue reading “What’s Come Up”