Answering The Call

After a light overnight frost this morning was sunshine-bright and somewhat chilly. I reached Florence at Fiveways in my weeding of the gravelled Gazebo Path, while Jackie sat on her kneeling stool to continue her clearance of the Pond Bed. Immediately after lunch we toured garden centres in search of a strong wooden bench toContinue reading “Answering The Call”

Seeking The Shot

A chill wind belied the sunny periods today. This morning Jackie continued with her general garden maintenance, including pruning, while I dug more weeds out of the Gazebo path gravel. I can just about manage this for half an hour, but imagine the exercise is doing me good. Crouching is now possible; it is risingContinue reading “Seeking The Shot”

St Paul’s Five Miles Away

This afternoon Jackie shopped at Lidl. My contribution was to read while she carried out the task; then to load and unload the car. Later I scanned the last batch of slides from my visit to Nunhead Cemetery in September 2008. These two angelic scenes are different shots, the second converted to black and white.Continue reading “St Paul’s Five Miles Away”

Cat And Mouse

Last night the full moon cast a spectral spell upon the garden. Early this morning we drove Elizabeth to Lymington Hospital for a routine procedure and collected her later after we had taken a short trip into the forest. Unlike yesterday, today was largely overcast and consequently somewhat warmer. This was the sky above theContinue reading “Cat And Mouse”

Slow For Ponies

Today the weather was sun-bright-clear-chilly-cold. We began by purchasing vegetables at Ferndene Farm Shop, then drove into the forest by way of Beckley Common Road where Jackie parked, a jogger passed, and I pictured the surrounding woodland where the harsh squawking of disturbed pheasants interrupted the melodic birdsong. The next parking spot was a lay-byContinue reading “Slow For Ponies”

The Barber’s Pole

By this morning I had passed another eight of Charles Keeping’s illustrations on my journey through ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ by Charles Dickens. I therefore scanned them. In ‘The Honourable Elijah Pogram fled with such precipitation that he forgot his umbrella was up’, the artist manages to convey the lurch backwards that such a sudden stoppage wouldContinue reading “The Barber’s Pole”

Cheers Laurie And Clif

My contribution to Jackie’s general garden maintenance this morning was making a start on weeding the gravelled Gazebo path. I will need to consult with the Head Gardener about these forget-me-nots spilling under the iron wheels. Brick Paths will need to wait their turn; I am not looking forward to the Back Drive which IContinue reading “Cheers Laurie And Clif”

Honey Lane Deer

This morning we paid a visit to Ferndene Farm Shop, purchased three bags of compost, eggs, and salad items, then continued on a forest drive. We turned off Pound Lane on the approach to Burley, where Jackie parked beside the entrance to Honey Lane in order for me to test my knees on uncompromising terrain.Continue reading “Honey Lane Deer”

Wild Flower Verges

Mum is recovering from a throat infection for which she has been treated with antibiotics. On our visit this morning she demonstrated the site of her discomfort and explained that she had refused to stay in bed in favour of sitting in her chair to get herself moving. This afternoon we took a drive intoContinue reading “Wild Flower Verges”

Prehistoric Monsters From The Deep

This post was written yesterday, and I forgot to send it. This morning we visited Maidenhead Aquatics where Jackie purchased a replacement pump for the Waterboy feature which she fitted this afternoon. Stewarts Garden Centre is nearby, so she was compelled to forage for plants in there while I watched the Koi carp in theirContinue reading “Prehistoric Monsters From The Deep”