The early sun set the front garden glowing gold, as always, this morning. The autumn flowering cherry has been in bloom since last October. The telegraph pole, from which a cluster of cables fans out along Christchurch Road and all points of the compass, receives regular visits from BT engineers.
What this area looked like a year ago can be seen in ‘Before And After: Through To The Front’.
Much maintenance was carried out today,
my major contribution being mulching the three bags of Landscape Bark bought yesterday into the rose garden;
and Jackie’s, weeding and composting The Palm Bed.
This wide-eyed owl was decapitated by storm Katie. Surgeon Jackie performed the necessary operation.
We are still at least three bags of bark short for the rose garden, so this afternoon we drove back to
Mole Country Stores and bought them;
after which we took a roundabout route back through the farm lanes where we spotted a group of ponies, three of which masqueraded as sheep. Sway Tower can be seen in the background. Otherwise known as Peterson’s Folly, this landmark has featured in a number of these posts.
Finally, we topped up with compost in the form of ten 35 litre bags from Lidl.
We left those in the car and settled down for a beer (well, one each, actually) in the rose garden. It is quite a sun trap so we were certainly warm enough.
This evening we dined on tender fillet steak lost under lashings of fried onions. accompanied by mixed vegetables au gratin (left overs in cheese sauce), crisp carrots, Brussels sprouts, and new potatoes. Jackie drank sparkling water and I finished the Memoro.