I Hoped Not

Given the forecast (accurate) of the very hot day we gardened in the morning. My contribution was weeding the central brick paving of the Rose Garden, where, later, Jackie took a break sitting in the shade. This afternoon my Chauffeuse drove me into the forest. A parliament of rooks was held beneath a dead treeContinue reading “I Hoped Not”

The Rebellion

Having now completed my reading of Charles Dickens’s “Nicholas Nickleby”, I scanned the last four of the dramatic and insightful Charles Keeping’s illustrations from my Folio Society edition of 1986. ‘They pressed forward to see’ ‘ ‘Come,’ said Tim, ‘let’s be a comfortable couple’ ‘The rebellion had just broken out’ ‘One grey-haired, quiet, harmless gentleman’Continue reading “The Rebellion”

At The Tea Interval

On a drab, drearily dull, day I tuned into the start of the second cricket Test Match between England and New Zealand, and scanned eight more of Charles Keeping’s excellent illustrations to Charles Dickens’s ‘Nicholas Nickleby’. In turning ‘Nicholas found Bray lying on the floor quite dead, and his daughter clinging to the body’ upsideContinue reading “At The Tea Interval”

More Garden Assistance

Early this morning we shopped at Ferndene Farm Shop for three more 60 litre bags of compost and another tray of bedding plants. This afternoon we were treated to a most welcome visit from Danni and Ella. Our great niece made straight for her box of mice that hide under the TV, after which sheContinue reading “More Garden Assistance”

More Equine Infants

A dull day brightened after lunch, when we visited Otter Nurseries to buy three more – the last – hanging baskets similar to the three Jackie had purchased this morning. We continued our drive into the forest, where adult asses trimmed the verges and, scratching when necessary, blocked the road at the bottom of BullContinue reading “More Equine Infants”

Cleaning And Weeding

Today’s weather reverted to the cool and dull variety. This afternoon, after reading more of the book, I scanned the next five of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to Charles Dickens’s ‘Nicholas Nickleby’. ‘Nothing was visible but a pair of legs, which were dangling above the grate’ ‘And still the riot went on …’ ‘ ‘The devil’sContinue reading “Cleaning And Weeding”

June Delights

On a day that returned us to warmth and full sunshine, Jackie spent much of it examining her floral babies and stretching to care for them, while I mostly wandered in and out of the garden with my camera. We have a number of clematises; numerous roses; freshly blooming rhododendrons; and more welcome alliums. TheContinue reading “June Delights”

“Where’s Elizabeth?” (2)

Although the day became somewhat brighter and warmer as it progressed, it was really quite dull and cold until mid-afternoon. This morning we took a brief trip to Ferndene Farm Shop where the Head Gardener bought three more bags of compost and trays of bedding plants. This afternoon we carried out a Tesco shop inContinue reading ““Where’s Elizabeth?” (2)”

The Green Man

It was just about warm enough on a not very bright morning for us to visit Mum in the beautifully designed, planted, and well maintained, garden at Woodpeckers this morning. While waiting for my mother to be wheeled out I enjoyed a conversation with the gardener who works on this plot with the help ofContinue reading “The Green Man”