Down The Back Drive

By e-mail this morning I received from my Australian friend, Gwen Wilson, a copy of a 1939 register of the residents of Shaftesbury Rd, Carshalton. This was the location of the VE Day Street Party featured in my post, “Holly”. I have added it to the post. Later, Malachi initiated a FaceTime conversation. Schools inContinue reading “Down The Back Drive”

Survivors December 2019

Today was the third bright, sunny, and cold one in a row. Given that overnight temperatures are in the low minuses, I wandered around the garden to photograph some of the albeit somewhat poorly looking surviving flora. Two that seem to bloom continuously are the yellow bidens and the white solanums from last year. AContinue reading “Survivors December 2019”

Should I Revert To The Classic Editor?

The light this morning was dull when I took a walk around the garden. It looks to me as if WordPress have changed my gallery image sizes as they did yesterday. This will mean that nothing can be enlarged. I am also uncertain whether the galleries can be accessed at all. Should either of theseContinue reading “Should I Revert To The Classic Editor?”

A Walk Round The Garden

The sun emerged quite late today. After I had opened the gate for Aaron. These are a few shots I took on the way there and back. As usual accessing these two galleries with clicks will access titles. Much of the rest of the day was spent listening to the Ashes Test Match. This eveningContinue reading “A Walk Round The Garden”

Guarding The Nest

During a suitable break in the showers this morning I focussed on the refreshed flora in somewhat bedraggled bees in the garden. Examples are antirrhinums and foxgloves; Several bees, in their waterproofs, can be seen among these roses, petunias, geraniums, rhododendrons, poppies, and bottle brush plants. Danni and Ella came to lunch bearing a packetContinue reading “Guarding The Nest”

Watering And Planting

Yesterday evening we met Becky and Ian at the Darbar restaurant in Emsworth. This was an excellent venue for our dinner. Inspired by the food of the Moguls the meals were quite unusual with aromatic spice blends; the service was friendly, tactful, and efficient. Jackie’s choice of main course was paneer shashlik; mine was goatContinue reading “Watering And Planting”

Where’s That Smile?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The lower temperature brought a cooler and more pleasant day on which The Head Gardener continued her creative planting, serious weeding, and cutting back. I dead-headed roses, carted debris to the compost heap, and made a few pictures. The planting on the kitchen wall now seems complete.Continue reading “Where’s That Smile?”

Satisfied

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today Summer has returned in the form of a hot sunny day. I’m no entomologist, so my identification of the bee-like insects flitting from bloom to bloom should be taken with a pinch of salt (which, traditionally should see off weeds). I am, however, confident that thisContinue reading “Satisfied”

Around Our Patch

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Yesterday, I took a tour around my  Social Work patch from the 1970s and ’80s. Today I took several around the domestic one I share with The Head Gardener. I began by stepping through the kitchen door into the patio. The large window box filled with mimuluses and pansiesContinue reading “Around Our Patch”