This morning, before dawn’s light had penetrated neighbouring trees, I photographed
the wakening garden from above.
Aurora first fingered the wisteria;
the crab apple
and the Amanogawa blossoms.
Aaron of A.P. Maintenance gave the shed two coats of paint,
then drank a mug of tea while, at a suitable distance, I admired his work and we came to the conclusion that we should have a crack at running the country together.
Afterwards I made him prints of this set of photographs and those of “Where’s Aaron?”.
This evening we enjoyed pre-dinner drinks on the decking and watched tiny airborne hoverflies floating around
red and gold Japanese maples;
flecked laurel leaves;
Brown Turkey ficus fingers;
and deep magenta rhododendrons – all kissed by the evening sun which
pencilled patterns around the Copper Beech bole,
and imparted a gentle glow to Florence’s sculpted cheek.
Our subsequent meal consisted of Jackie’s perfect pork paprika, cayenne and three chillis speciality, with which I drank more of the Bordeaux, her Peroni having been consumed on the decking.