Devastation And Dessert

Winds of up to 60 m.p.h. howled and heavy rain lashed throughout the night. Regular readers will know that Jackie’s favourite view is straight down the garden from the stable door. This is what it looks like this morning through the window in that door. The wisteria arbour has been destroyed. We did not investigateContinue reading “Devastation And Dessert”

He Caught The Sun

As we ease off in the garden we are embarking on the next stage of the internal refurbishment of our house which was in a sorry state when we bought it in April 2014. Our bedroom with ensuite bathroom drops down from the alleged dressing room through which it is accessed. A large chunk ofContinue reading “He Caught The Sun”

“We Would Have Driven Past”

Following a suggestion by Yvette Prior, I spent the morning changing the categories of my “A Knight’s Tale” series of posts. They are now categorised as A Knight’s Tale, thus giving readers who may wish to view earlier episodes easier access. The first three also contain my diary entries for their days. I have stillContinue reading ““We Would Have Driven Past””

Preparing For Winter

Today was one of administration spent on Mum’s estate; e-mailing photographs; and Max’s home visit from Peacock Computers. The photographs were for a WordPress interview coming up soon. I was able to access the Probate Forms on line and actually begin to fill them in. Some sections offered yes or no choices with boxes toContinue reading “Preparing For Winter”

Defender And Donkeys

While sitting on the loo this morning I had a brainwave. Having struggled yesterday to upload four pages of illustrations into my WP post, but found it not possible to put titles and descriptions into the gallery, I decided to attempt this on my MacBook Pro laptop. First the titles went on smoothly. This leftContinue reading “Defender And Donkeys”

A Knight’s Tale (57: Learning The New Disciplines)

I took up my team leader post in Southwark in 1974. Each newly appointed senior had come from one of the old disciplines mentioned earlier. This meant that we were supervising people who had far more experience of clients who were new to us in their previous posts. It is important to understand the conceptContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (57: Learning The New Disciplines)”

A Spot Of Pedicure

Jackie drove us to Ferndene Farm shop where she bought eggs, a leg of lamb, and vegetables while I photographed some of the produce displayed outside, including pumpkins, cut flowers, cyclamen and pansies. A pair of roofers worked across the road. On this warm, damp, and largely overcast day the sun briefly signalled its presenceContinue reading “A Spot Of Pedicure”

Gulls At Sunset

After a rain shower on another unusually warm and sunny day, while waiting for a call back from Peacock Computers, I wandered around the garden; produced another batch of photographs including fuchsias, dahlias, begonias, clematis Margaret Hunt, Ginger Lily seedpods. petunias, cosmos, Morning Glory, and the ubiquitous self-seeded bidens surviving from summer 2020; then girdedContinue reading “Gulls At Sunset”

Attempting To Take A Drink

This afternoon I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/10/24/a-knights-tale-56-how-i-became-a-team-leader/ Early this morning I had raced around the garden at dawn in my dressing gown and slippers in order to keep pace with the fast moving clouds enhanced by a splendid sunrise which turned out to have been the brightest part of an otherwise largely overcast day. Smoky indigo andContinue reading “Attempting To Take A Drink”

A Knight’s Tale (56: How I Became A Team Leader)

As soon as I had served the two years I owed post-secondment to Kingston Social Services Department, where there were no available team leader posts, I sought promotion elsewhere. I answered an advertisement from the Labour controlled London Borough of Southwark. To work there I would need to be a Trade Union member. This seemedContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (56: How I Became A Team Leader)”