Yesterday Jackie cleared the bank outside the Back Drive gate, leaving brushwood on the gravel path for attention today;
this morning she worked on removing the stump of a scentless and rarely flowering philadelphus, while
I cleared the Back Drive debris;
and further strengthened the arch spanning the Phantom Path by inserting supporting angle irons that she had recently begun. On this day of sunny intervals it was difficult to walk through the garden without admiring the
Brick Path looking towards the house,
or through the Gothic arch now festooned
with mina lobata.
Later, the Head Gardener completed the task of extracting the philadelphus stump, and that of
a leycesteria in the wrong place;
filling in the holes and covering the gaps with broken pieces of marble which once bore the much abused wood burning stove that we inherited from our vendors, thus completing the
opening of the view from the West Fence to the Lawn Bed. The last nine photographs are Jackie’s.
This afternoon I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/08/28/a-knights-tale-23-corporal-punishment/
This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy pasta arrabbiata; crisp broccoli, and tender green beans, with which she drank Dolomiti Pinot Grigio Blush 2020, and I drank more of the Faugeres.