Today the sun took a breather and the wind gradually increased.
This morning Aaron brandished a bramble he had found growing in one of our dead stumps.
Yesterday Jackie had photographed
the viburnum plicatum sprawling across the West Bed;
the Brick Path;
the view from the lawn looking past the eucalyptus and through the gazebo;
and a group of poppies, irises, and honesty brightening a corner of the Phantom Path.
Intending to weed it today, she also produced one of her “before” images of the brick section of the Oval Path.
In the event, Aaron did the weeding and I photographed the result
I printed our friend copies of the bramble picture above, and one of him mowing Laraine and David’s lawn next door.
Then, following John Knifton’s suggestion, I made an A3 print of the VE Day Street Party featured yesterday. Framing will need to wait until the lockdown has ended.
During a telephone conversation with Mum she told me that the outfits she had made for Chris and me for that occasion would not have been velvet as I had thought, because that would have been too heavy. It would have been material from her “rag bag” – probably an old coat. Her method was to turn the worn out garments inside out and wash them before creating the new ones. She explained that the reverse side of the material then looked in pristine condition – something that would not be possible today. As I reminded her the washing would have been done by hand, because she had no washing machine.
This afternoon Jackie was again beset by members of the Nugget family.
The only one who stayed for a chat when I was poised with my camera was Nugget himself.
We may be in a position of referring to the family as The Nuggets in memory of
from the 1940s and ’50s.
Mrs Huggett was played by Kathleen Harrison who lived to be 105, and who Jackie knew in her last few years.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s rich red spicy pasta arrabbiata with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank Carinena El Zumbido Garnacha Syrah 2018.