Ali Baba

When I walked down the garden to open the back gate for Aaron this morning the early sun peeped over the eastern fence, its light licking the jeweling of last night’s rain still glittering on the plants. The bees were working away. Wedding Day festooning the Agriframes Arch approved of the Penny Lane bouquet adorningContinue reading “Ali Baba”

Night And Day

Last night before bed Jackie wandered around the garden with her camera and produced this set of images. This morning we worked together in the Rose Garden. Jackie swept, weeded, and refurbished the pots that had contained tulips earlier in the year. In the first of these pictures she points out to Nugget some tastyContinue reading “Night And Day”

Buzzing On Opium

We received a generous amount of rain overnight and light drizzle during the morning of a generally overcast day. Jackie continued her work on clearing beds while I carried clippings and other refuse to the compost bins before a lengthy training session for what Andrew Petcher has termed the Dead-heading Olympics. Nugget visited me briefly,Continue reading “Buzzing On Opium”

Skill In His Genes

Today the weather was dull throughout without even the relief of the forecast drizzle. Jackie was trapped this morning in a dreaded two hour Tesco shop. While waiting for her in the car I had plenty of time to finish reading my book. As so often years ago, when a book review had prompted meContinue reading “Skill In His Genes”

Absolutely Fabulous Cricket

The sun was permitted the occasional appearance from behind today’s cloud curtain. At mid morning, thinking she was attending to the Weeping Birch Bed, I ventured out for a stint of clearing up after the Head Gardener’ general maintenance efforts, and received something of a shock. Jackie had been diverted by the Rose Garden, uponContinue reading “Absolutely Fabulous Cricket”

Socially Distanced Birthday Tea

Early this morning we shopped in two different garden centres for presents for Danni’s birthday today. I then made her a card featuring a garden view containing a cockerel equipped with still functioning solar lights that our niece and nephew in law had given Jackie about three years ago. The Head Gardener discovered a pileContinue reading “Socially Distanced Birthday Tea”

To The Lighthouse

On another overcast morning Aaron, tasked with improving our stepping stone escape route from the Dead End Path to the patio, fetched some spare paving from his own home and produced this level work. He was one stone short and will bring that next week. I first read in 1989. About 20 years later IContinue reading “To The Lighthouse”

Scents

On a sunny and mild morning I spent some time dead heading and transporting clippings to the compost bins. Jackie pruned and tidied the lawn area, keeping me supplied with bags of refuse. The eucalyptus has now been adorned with its pendant baskets. Nugget played his game in “Where’s Nugget?” (84) and (85). A clickContinue reading “Scents”

Further Down The River

We continued the garden manicure this morning. My contribution was to set up a further compost bin and to dead head roses and poppies. We each filled a further trug. Sadly, Jackie found the undamaged body of Nugget Junior this morning. His Dad visited us often, perhaps in mourning. Shortly before lunch heavy, steady, rainContinue reading “Further Down The River”