On a very dull, overcast, afternoon we shopped at Otter Nurseries for tree bark with which to mulch Jackie’s further planting in the recently opened up West Bed, then continued for a brief drive into the forest where we found nothing to photograph in such poor light.
While Jackie completed the dressing of the soil,
Later, I scanned the next six of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to Charles Dickens’s ‘Our Mutual Friend’.
‘Tradesmen’s books hunger, and tradesmen’s mouths water’
‘There was a deadly kind of repose on the place’
‘ ‘Oh-h-h!’ cried the person of the house’
The artist has used a double page spread to show ‘Boots and Brewer bolting off in cabs’ in opposite directions.
‘At times Mrs Lammle would lean forward to address Mr Lammle’ demonstrates Keeping’s mastery of expression.
‘An old Jewish man in an ancient coat’
This evening we dined on perfectly roasted pork with crisp crackling; boiled new potatoes; crunchy carrots and cauliflower; tender runner beans, and tasty gravy, in the non-availabilty of pork stock cubes, made by adding those of chicken and ham to the juices from the meat. Neither of us imbibed..