“It Tells So Many Stories”

My early morning walk to open the back gate for Aaron displayed various beds, yucca, evening primroses, Welsh poppies, petunias, hollyhocks, a bee using a bidens as a trapeze, phlox, agapanthus, gaura, a Large White butterfly on a verbena bonariensis, and lilies in the Rose Garden. As usual the individual images are labelled in theContinue reading ““It Tells So Many Stories””

A Tug Of War

Ron has e-mailed me four more scans of the early negatives of his late father, Ray Salinger. The first image, made in 1948, is of the Blandford Forum, a West Country Class steam engine that pulled the train that took my brother in law to school until he left in 1967. Ron points out thatContinue reading “A Tug Of War”

Good Gardening Weather

Today, still cool, featured intermittent sunshine while cotton clouds pierced by cerulean patches sailed sedately overhead. We carried out the usual garden maintenance including watering, planting, pruning, and dead-heading. Jackie smiled when she first spied that I had come out to join her, but she didn’t see the camera hanging round my neck. I haveContinue reading “Good Gardening Weather”

In Keyhaven Harbour

Yesterday Ron told me about his discovery of a collection of negatives made by his father, Ray Salinger, in the 1940s and ’50s. Ron scanned these high quality photographs of drinkers in The Walkford pub and e-mailed them to me. We think the man in the apron is the milkman who has just delivered theContinue reading “In Keyhaven Harbour”

“No Finger Food, Thanks”

On a largely overcast morning Nugget kept us company in the Rose Garden as Jackie dug up spent poppies and other weeds, while I dead-headed. Although he did carry off a squirming earwig beneath a carpet rose bush in order to dissect, devour, and digest it in peace, he was mostly happy darting like aContinue reading ““No Finger Food, Thanks””

Ella And The Ladybirds

Strong winds howled throughout the night, and did not abate until midday – then only temporarily. A warm sun put in intermittent appearances. Among Aaron’s tasks was weeding the Back Drive. “Where’s Aaron?” (10). Bigification might help with this one. Here are the results of my garden photoshoot. “Where’s Jackie?” (4) is the picture containingContinue reading “Ella And The Ladybirds”

Sea Foam

I spent much of the afternoon of this humid-damp day finishing reading The author is one of New Zealand’s finest. ‘Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923) is one of the most highly regarded short story writers of the 20th century. A contemporary of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and D H Lawrence, she played her part in shaping modernism by experimenting withContinue reading “Sea Foam”

Clamouring For His Close-up

When I began my perambulation round the garden this morning Jackie observed that I was photographing similar subjects to her. She had taken her walk even earlier. We therefore each produced a gallery in changing light. This is Jackie’s set. The galleried images each bear identifying titles, some with further descriptions. Click on any imageContinue reading “Clamouring For His Close-up”