The Woman In White

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Early this morning our septic tank was cleared. This happens every eighteen months, and Jackie always feels better when it is done. Knowing we were in for a hot spell, Jackie undertook extensive watering. My tasks involved the eradication, cutting up, and bagging of niggling nettles, invasiveContinue reading “The Woman In White”

Defying Gravity

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today I divided my time between wandering idly around the garden hunting down piles of weeds and clippings deposited by the Head Gardener; transferring four barrowloads of compost from the south end of the garden to the ficus hole in the Dragon Bed; and, of course, makingContinue reading “Defying Gravity”

Floating Leaves

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Today the skies were overcast and leaking drizzle. Jackie continued planting and weeding this morning, and I transported compost to fill the hole left by the ficus Aaron had removed yesterday. This afternoon I scanned the next dozen colour slides from my Streets of London series, produced inContinue reading “Floating Leaves”

‘Road Kill’

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Struggles with erratic internet connection means that this post has taken some considerable time today. But let’s not go into that. Suffice it to say that I didn’t lose my cool and kept going off to do something else, sometimes involving a little garden clearance. No way,Continue reading “‘Road Kill’”

The Swinging Rat Pack

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. An overnight thunderstorm had freshened the garden and reduced the temperature to a degree that Jackie could continue weeding, hacking, and planting; and I was able to enjoy the game of wandering around seeking her piles of garden waste for me to gather up and transfer to theContinue reading “The Swinging Rat Pack”

Opulence

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Once more, today was scorchingly hot. Apart from gentle tidying up, watering was the order of the day. The hose in this garden view was trained on the Rose Garden, where pink foxgloves, golden heucheras, and blue clematises romp among roses like the yellow Laura Ford, andContinue reading “Opulence”

‘Wait For Me, Mum’

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning I tidied up after some of Jackie’s cutting back yesterday, and was then rewarded by delicious scents from the roses as I dead-headed them. Elizabeth came to lunch and dinner. This afternoon the three of us drove out to Hyde where we enjoyed refreshments inContinue reading “‘Wait For Me, Mum’”

A Dismantled Burglar Alarm

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. These are some of the views from the patio that we enjoyed this morning whilst drinking our morning coffee. I was in and out of New Milton today. This morning Jackie drove me to Barclays bank to attend to some executor business, and this afternoon to BirchfieldContinue reading “A Dismantled Burglar Alarm”

Potting Up

The usual division of labour was employed in further tidying of the garden this much duller morning. This afternoon while Jackie plundered the garden centres, I extracted some text from ‘She Saw The R100’ from ‘The Workhouse’ and from ‘And Then The Tableau Spoke’ for the next pages of ‘A Knight’s Tale’. These two photographs from the secondContinue reading “Potting Up”

She Powdered Her Face

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today’s weather would have blessed any Summer’s day. It was warm and sunny, and Jackie and I raised a sweat as we continued weeding, planting, and lopping. I use ‘we’ loosely. I mainly tidied up after the real work. We transported the two full orange bags of cuttings toContinue reading “She Powdered Her Face”