She Brought A Friend

This afternoon we visited Milford Pharmacy. Scaffolding was being erected in Island View Close; while bowls matches were under way at Milford Bowls Club, where an appropriate weather vane stands atop their flagpole. Perhaps a Southampton F. C. supporter lost his hat outside the club. We then drove to Pilley for the purpose of continuingContinue reading “She Brought A Friend”

“I Can’t Get Up”

Between us we spent much of the day on garden maintenance. Not only did Jackie continue her work on redesigning the Pond Bed planting, composting, weeding, and tidying, but she has begun filling containers with petunias in the chimney pot; pansies in the iron urn, in a basket yet to become hanging, and, with geraniumsContinue reading ““I Can’t Get Up””

First Foals of 2021

Jackie made considerable headway with garden maintenance this morning. After lunch she decided she had earned us a forest drive, and headed for Beechern Woods, where we each operated our cameras from opposite sides of Ober Water. I focussed on the rippling and reflecting stream; passing walkers; band the woodlands with their long shadows, fallenContinue reading “First Foals of 2021”

First Out Of The Traps

A heavy slate canopy kept the light dull and the rain away today. Jackie continued her clearance work in the Pond Bed (so named because it has been laid out by our predecessors on the shallow base of a pond). She has cleared most of the invasive alliums and even enjoyed the pleasure of plantingContinue reading “First Out Of The Traps”

A Curate’s Egg

I spent much of the day completing my reading of my Folio Society edition of Charles Dickens’s ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’. Much dogged determination and the illustrations of Charles Keeping were required to see me through it. Christopher Hibbert’s informative introduction was helpful, and indicated that the author was pleased with his work. The book was writtenContinue reading “A Curate’s Egg”

Blue Haze

Jackie managed to squeeze herself into a ball to sit on her kneeling stool underneath the red Japanese maple this morning in order to dig out clumps of allium triquentrums. Don’t be deceived by the visible sunlight. I was, and went to visit Mum without a jacket. It was cold. My mother had quite someContinue reading “Blue Haze”

Where’s Games

Just as she began working on the garden this morning Jackie witnessed Nugget 3rd wondering how to get down from the kitchen wall pebbledash. She spent much of the day gathering up various items blown around the garden; retying loosened climbing plants; and redesigning the Pond Bed, while this afternoon, listening to tittering and songsContinue reading “Where’s Games”

Seeking A Suitable Location

Our very good friend John, who blogs as Paol Soren, has recently suggested to me that it might be a good idea to register the changing nature of our environment by photographing one particular scene or tree at regular intervals during the year. This set me thinking about a suitable location. Water should, I thought,Continue reading “Seeking A Suitable Location”

Rugs Still Required

Belying the cold wind which did not lessen until late afternoon, the such shone between fast moving fluffy cotton clouds. A brief garden survey revealed a few broken plant stems and one smashed owl. We decided to return to the clearance work tomorrow, and go out for a drive after lunch. Martin from Crestwood flooringContinue reading “Rugs Still Required”