From One Scent To Another

The usual division of labour applied to garden maintenance this searingly hot day, although Flo had worked until it was too long after dark to see, finishing the last of the compost and plants; and filling our score of watering cans.

As soon as I had prised my nostrils from the scented rose bushes, had a long sit down and a cold drink of water, I staggered round the garden with my camera.

Then I sunk my nose into the bookishly scented ‘Woman in White’ by Wilkie Collins.

Becky joined us this evening and we all dined on pizza, prawns, and salad with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Barolo. The others abstained. Strawberries and cream were to follow.


  1. I don’t remember a great deal about “Woman in White” other than to say that it was really good and well worth reading. I have a vague feeling that it was based on a real incident, although I’m not 100% sure about that.

    1. Thanks very much, John. It won’t take me long to forget it – as I do with most books – but it is gripping. Yes it was based on an actual sighting of a woman in white

  2. yes the garden has it’s summer clothing on for sure, some very nice designer dresses and of course company enjoying the weeding and general under bedding made good…

  3. Your patch of paradise is certainly a labour of love if those abundant flowers are anything to go by. As our wet weather continues your posts are very cheerful.

  4. Flo is a hard worker in your bit of paradise, and I enjoy seeing all these bright summer blooms she has helped you and Jackie grow. They are very cheerful, especially in these sad times.

  5. The roses look marvelous. We need a smell feature on the photos. 😉

    My strawberries have gone into winter mode and strawberries from the local market are not local which is reflected in the cost. At just under $10 per 200gm punnet, I’ll wait until they’re back in season.

  6. Mum in a Million was a good choice for a header photo. Joey looks full of energy. It was hot here today, too with a high of 97 followed by a rain shower and steam. Jackie certainly has stamina.

  7. You garden is an intense world of scents, shades and colours, tended by caring hands of Jackie and her lieutenants. I am sure the joys offered by it are commensurate with the contribution of labour.

  8. What a beautiful garden! It is pleasing to know that in between all the work being carried out there was a moment at least to admire the fruits of your collective labours from the vantage point of a bench 🙂

  9. What a gorgeous day in the garden and your photos do it justice! I can smell the sweet scents filling the air! 🙂
    Just Joey and Mum in a Million AND Absolutely Fabulous…AW, so beautiful! 🙂
    YAY for all of you who are garden helpers!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  10. All the flowers look lovely but that one rose in the header is particularly beautiful. It looks like it is made of silk and velvet at the same time

  11. The scent of the roses and other flowers in your garden must be wonderful. Certainly it is a sight to see. Flo has certainly been earning her keep.?

    1. Thanks very much, Brian. We have a morning once or twice a month from a gardener. This is essential now that my knees prevent me from doing much. I am only pleased they didn’t deteriorate until we had done all the heavy work at the beginning.

      1. Glad you can get help from a gardener. Sorry about your knees. Kinda critical for gardening right? I hope at least it does stop you form walking, that would be a bummer. A friend of my mine, my age, is quite tall and has had knee problems for a while. Hard for him to walk an entire blocks. But he has found that he can ride a bicycle even for a long time. Joints work differently for anyone, but you might try it?
        Take care Derrick.

        1. Thanks very much, Brian. I have had replacements to both knees and one hip. If I ever fell off a bike I wouldn’t be able to get up. I can still walk for half an hour or so.

          1. I see. No a bike is not a good idea… ? One of our daughters went skiing recently (winter ski) and I thought that it would be nice to get back up on skis. But a fall? No way.
            Well, half an hour is not bad. Takes you around the block and back… ?
            Take care Derrick.

  12. Oh my! That cover photo of the rose is magnificent! Your garden is such a lovely, peaceful oasis in this troubled world! Your photography skills are extraordinary, {{{Derrick}}} – thanks so my for sharing. Your beauty brightens my day!

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