Clear Paths

Today remained hot-sticky-humid throughout with very little sunshine. This morning Jackie ironed the last bedsheet; this afternoon I pressed the last three shirts. The Head Gardener continued clearing, composting, and planting; while I applied myself to dead heading such as Mamma Mia, Crown Princess Margareta, and Absolutely Fabulous; and to gathering up heaps of clippings.Continue reading “Clear Paths”

Hod-Carrier Once Again

Yesterday evening Jackie produced two photographs from along the Shady Path and Dragon Bed beneath the strong evening light, and later of the strawberry moon claiming the sky from the sun. On a much duller morning she recorded the current progress of her replanting in the Pond Bed. For more than a week now, theContinue reading “Hod-Carrier Once Again”

Nature’s Palettes

On a bright and sunny afternoon we drove to the Parish Church of St John the Baptist on Church Lane, Boldre, where we met Elizabeth for a wander round the cemetery. These two images are Jackie’s. She also pictured largely lichen-covered arboreal delights, and various gravestones and crosses, including the Burton family memorial to father,Continue reading “Nature’s Palettes”

Emerging From The Gloom

This morning the temperature plummeted, as did rain until after lunch, when the overcast skies brightened and the wind speed escalated, for the rest of the day, to 40+ m.p.h. We drove early to Ferndene Farm Shop to buy three bags of compost, a splendid, tall, lingularia; lettuce and other salad ingredients, before a shortContinue reading “Emerging From The Gloom”

From Lebanon To Dunedin

Unfortunately the expected overnight thunderstorm passed us by. The day, although cooler, remained overcast and humid. This meant further watering – mostly done by Jackie, with me chipping in a bit. Nugget sent me back inside for my camera. I did oblige, but he was waiting with a companion who was more twitchy and theyContinue reading “From Lebanon To Dunedin”

An Appeal For Help

This morning was wet and dull. Light rain glistened on the dimly lit garden foliage seen from the bedroom windows. After lunch the sun smiled down and spread a little joy. It was warm enough for Aaron to mow Mistletoe Cottage’s lawn wearing a T-shirt. I wandered around at ground level noting roses including PeachContinue reading “An Appeal For Help”

Khaleesi And Karen’s Hair Dryer

On this bright, sunny, day Barry of was able to complete the work on the Velux window roof. He tapped down the lead using a tool that had once belonged to Owen’s great grandfather; tested the result for smoothness in his usual careful manner; and employed Karen’s hair dryer to avoid the possibility of hisContinue reading “Khaleesi And Karen’s Hair Dryer”

Wetter Than Expected

My plan this morning was to walk along Bisterne Close for half an hour after which Jackie, having dropped me at one end, would follow and pick me up. In gloomy morning light and light drizzle we set off. The War Memorial in Everton Road, Hordle, had been prepared for tomorrow’s Armistice Day. The commemorativeContinue reading “Wetter Than Expected”

Sparkling Jewels

Today dawned bright and sunny. Taking her camera with her, Jackie photographed the garden, glistening after yesterday’s rain. I joined her after a while, adding a few images of my own. We have merged our results. Raindrops bejewelled individual blooms, and sunshine brightened every view. While Jackie was working on the lawn, Nugget did, ofContinue reading “Sparkling Jewels”

Pigeon Posts

The Head Gardener has become less enamoured of our Lucky pheasant who has clearly taken up permanent residence. Unfortunately, he tends to redistribute her careful placement of shells and peck new shoots off her heucheras. She now tends to attempt to persuade him to depart. He is, however, very smart. Yesterday he led Aaron aContinue reading “Pigeon Posts”