Down The Back Drive

By e-mail this morning I received from my Australian friend, Gwen Wilson, a copy of a 1939 register of the residents of Shaftesbury Rd, Carshalton. This was the location of the VE Day Street Party featured in my post, “Holly”. I have added it to the post. Later, Malachi initiated a FaceTime conversation. Schools inContinue reading “Down The Back Drive”

We’ve Been Badgered

A few days ago Jackie photographed these 40 Nicotiana Sylvestris seedlings sprouting in the greenhouse. When they are big enough she will transfer them to their beds. Two evenings ago she leapt from the sofa exclaiming “What was that? – It was a big thing”. “A Touch of Frost” had to be put on holdContinue reading “We’ve Been Badgered”

“Where’s Derrick?”

Knowing that the temperature would drop and the leaden canopy overhead become a leaky colander throughout the day, we held back Jackie’s sunlit images from yesterday¬†afternoon. She had transformed this second footpath across the Rose Garden from a few days ago to this, having also re-fixed the windblown mirror to the back fence. The poppiesContinue reading ““Where’s Derrick?””

The Ubiquitous Red Jacket

Jackie spent all this day of intermittent sunshine and clouds continuing her weeding and watering, mostly in the Rose Garden. I rendered minimal assistance while wandering round with a camera listening to the avian orchestral matins. More clematises are now blooming; Marie Boisselot blends with Erigeron cascading at her feet; one we cannot name hasContinue reading “The Ubiquitous Red Jacket”

Robert Gibbings Once More

In the summer of 1942 I blinked into the daylight as, making my first cry, I emerged from my mother’s womb – hardly “ripped untimely”, but, all the same, ¬†premature enough to require us both to remain in Leicester General Hospital long enough to make up the 7 weeks snatched from gestation. At the sameContinue reading “Robert Gibbings Once More”

Orlaigh And Her Rabbit – Er, Brother

Early this morning I received a FaceTime call from Malachi in Fremantle. Trying to keep up with an 11 year old who was playing Lexulous, chatting with both voice and text, and teaching me various applications simultaneously is testing indeed. All coming at a rate of knots, you understand. One application involved ‘effects’. These canContinue reading “Orlaigh And Her Rabbit – Er, Brother”

Nugget’s Family Needs Feeding

Yesterday evening Nugget and a blackbird who had discovered his feeders outside the stable door both emptied their larders while providing meals on wings for their respective nestlings. Jackie felt so bad at being so Mother Hubbard https://youtu.be/30l7EinbOYg that she decided bird food, especially Nugget’s favourite suet pellets, were essential shopping in these times ofContinue reading “Nugget’s Family Needs Feeding”

Hot Gardening

At different times in this very hot day I have shared watering duties with the Head Gardener and carried some of her refuse to the compost bins. Jackie has continued potting and tidying. When possible she sits and lifts the containers on any available surface. The wisteria draped over its arbour here offers her aContinue reading “Hot Gardening”

Captain Tom Moore raises funds for NHS

Originally posted on Sunshiny SA Site:
Captain Tom Moore, a former British Army officer known for his philanthropic work began a fundraising campaign to raise money for NHS Charities Together, a group of charities supporting staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients in the British public health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. He aimed to…

A Mating Ritual

I accompanied Jackie on her Ferndene Farm shop trip this morning. There was no queue for the food shopping, so Jackie did that first before joining the line of ¬†plant lovers, Masks were more in evidence today. Jackie’s floral purchases were limited because there was only one empty plant tray and the trollies were allContinue reading “A Mating Ritual”