21 Chestnut Road

This afternoon we visited another NGS garden – 21 Chestnut Road, Brockenhurst. This is my selection of photographs; here are Flo’s. As usual each of these images bears a title in the galleries. This evening we dined at Lal Quilla where the food and service was as good as ever. Jackie’s main course was LalContinue reading “21 Chestnut Road”

Swarms Of Moths

This morning I stepped out in the very warm sunshine with my camera. In the front garden the crab apple blossoms and the first of the libertia are blooming; the Amanogawa cherry reaches above the eaves; and some of our cyclamen still flower. The yellow and red tulips in the patio bed which have takenContinue reading “Swarms Of Moths”

Today’s Hobbyhorses

Our extended Indian summer continues. Early this morning the three of us spent some time in the garden where I photographed a number of blooms, the names of which are all included in the galleries. The blue Morning Glories only flowered for the first time last week. Bees are still plundering the cosmoses. After thisContinue reading “Today’s Hobbyhorses”

A Knight’s Tale (27: Eventually Chris Twigged)

Sometime around 1950 when Chris and I were still at primary school, if you were prepared to walk home, in the days of small High Street shops before the advance of supermarkets such as Tesco, you could spend your bus fare on a bag of broken biscuits from the old style family grocer in TheContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (27: Eventually Chris Twigged)”

Logistical Problems

Garden maintenance – mostly clearing up and dead heading – began early this morning for us both. No doubt attracted by the redolent scent of roses released by the warm sunshine, bees buzzed and butterflies flittered around me as I wielded the secateurs. Bees and Red Admirals both tried the fading Festive Jewel; both alsoContinue reading “Logistical Problems”

Clinging Precariously

Knowing that we could expect heavy rain this afternoon, Jackie spent all morning trimming Wedding Day on the Agriframes Arch which would be bound to be ravaged. She completed the task as the rain began. I carried out dead heading, a little clearing up, and photography. Phlox are doing very well this year. It isContinue reading “Clinging Precariously”

Attached To A Petal

Today dawned bright and sunny with a welcome breeze to lessen the gathering heat and humidity which made gardening too unpleasant after we returned home from an outing. By courtesy of Danni’s voucher birthday present to Jackie we enjoyed a most enjoyable brunch at Rosie Lea Tea Room (ex The Hobler Inn) on Southampton Road.Continue reading “Attached To A Petal”

Benches

I have now read two more of The Folio Society’s 1974 selection of Short Stories by Anton Chekhov. The first, which is not illustrated with a drawing by Nigel Lambourne, is ‘The Cross of Anna’. As Elisaveta Fen, the translator, writes ‘It is essentially a story of the destruction of innocence and the folly ofContinue reading “Benches”

For The Bees

Between stints in the garden today, which varied from overcast-gloom to sun-bright, I finished reading Chekhov’s engaging story entitled ‘Teacher of Literature” (1894). Essentially tracing the journey from childhood hardship to the consequences of unearned comfort the tale is told with human insight and with delightful bucolic descriptions. I will not reveal the changes inContinue reading “For The Bees”

Still Going Strong

This morning I cut the grass and produced a few photographs. Individual titles appear on the galleries. This afternoon I almost finished reading Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley which I will feature tomorrow. Tonight’s dinner consisted of sag bhaji and mild prawn curry starter from Forest Tandoori followed by the main event in theContinue reading “Still Going Strong”