What Had The Child Found?

Early this morning, Jackie took a walk round the garden with her camera.

She photographed the sunflower recently photographed in bud, now winking at a ceramic owl, then viewed from the Palm Bed and the iron urn.

Two of her prize creations are the petunia-and-verbena-planted hanging basket, one of several whose contents have survived the winter, and the Japanese maple taken as a twig from a gravel path.

Current views of the Pond Bed include her earlier redesigned patch; the first Japanese anemone against the backcloth of such a maple; and another featuring towering verbena bonariensis, now ubiquitous in the garden.

The next three images show a garden view including the grey eryngiums; the black eyed Susans planted in a chimney pot fronting a New Zealand hebe; and the Head Gardener’s beautifully trimmed lawn.

Later, after a trip to Otter Nurseries to buy rose feed, we took a drive into the forest.

Lymington River is tidal. This morning a group of kayakers were leaving it as Jackie drove over the railway level crossing and road bridge, swinging past the algae laden shallows, into Undershore Road. Perhaps they knew their tide tables.

Attracted by the hay bale patterns alongside Shotts Lane, I decamped and photographed more of the verges and an opposite field.

A hazy, layered, view of the Isle of Wight was visible from the shingled beach at the end of Tanners Lane, where skin tones perhaps betrayed who were the visitors, and who the locals having hung their equipment on the barbed wire fence. I wondered what the child had found.

I have decided, for ease of access, from now on to separate the instalments of my autobiography from my normal daily diary. Consequently I later posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/07/26/a-knights-tale-4-shrapnel-and-air-raid-precautions/

This evening we dined on succulent baked gammon; boiled new potatoes and carrots; moist ratatouille; fried leeks and cabbage, with which Jackie drank more of the Rosé and I drank more of the Shiraz.

Published by derrickjknight

I am a septuagenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs

58 thoughts on “What Had The Child Found?

  1. I just can not say enough about your garden. he Head Gardener and her dead-heading apprentice have outdone themselves this year.
    Thanks for the tour today!

  2. Lovely pictures. I wonder why some haybales are round and others are rectangular
    I also noticed in Germany, Hungary, and Bosnia all have different looking haystacks.

    1. Pat, It all depends on the machinery used. Older machines produce the rectangular bales, the more modern machines produce larger round bales.

  3. Gorgeous photos, Jackie and Derrick! I loved the sunflower and the owl! 🙂 Did you plant the sunflower? We had some growing years ago that we did NOT plant. I thanked the birds for planting them for me! 😉
    Kids take the time to explore and really look…so they find the most interesting things! 🙂
    The tyre decorated in mossy green is an eye-catcher! 🙂
    ((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…”Children still need a childhood with dirt, mud, puddles, trees, sticks, and tadpoles.” – Brooke Hampton

    1. Thanks very much from us both, Carolyn. The sunflower was grown from seed in the greenhouse and transplanted earlier than its companions which are smaller. A perfect quotation.

  4. I love the layered view of the Isle of Wight. My thought on seeing the sunbathers was, Hey, he’s as pasty white as I am! The garden looks absolutely incredible. All the hard work is really paying off.

  5. The garden is looking especially nice, now that the rains have stopped! Round hay bales have always intrigued me — I suppose they are easier to bale that way, but they can’t fit on a flat-bed truck any better than the rectangular ones! And I love the shot of the woman exploring with the child — that looks too sandy for there to be much of a find, but it’s all of interest to a curious child.

  6. The sunflower is awesome. I really did like the photo of mother and child. So touching. I bet she would have loved it. Again, such a peaceful garden.

  7. Beautiful photos! The colors in the garden are lovely. I like that algae covered tire with nature trying to take over. I learned the hard way how important it is to watch the tides when kayaking or canoeing. That’s why I’ve been sticking to lakes lately.

  8. Your garden is looking absolutely gorgeous.
    I love the picture of the tyre, I picture it on rocks with flowers trailing from it.

  9. “The sea’s curious workmanship: bottle green glass sucked smooth and porous by the waves: wood stripped and cleaned and bark swollen with salt…gnawed and rubbed: amber: bone: the sea” – Lawrence Durrell – Propero’s Cell

  10. I love your gardens, Derrick and Jackie. A lot of care and love go into keeping them up!

    I remember days long ago, down by the shore as a child, finding all kinds of interesting things. Periwinkles were among my favorites.

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