Nature’s Umbrellas

Storm Jorge is not due to hit us until tomorrow. Just to get us in the mood, dispiritingly drizzly rain seeped from solid slate skies throughout the day. Even heavy rain would have been more stimulating. Mostly I read, except when I donned a raincoat and wandered around the garden testing my camera’s imperviousness toContinue reading “Nature’s Umbrellas”

Backing Up

Knowing that we were to expect further stormy weather today, Jackie helpfully took her camera into the garden at dusk yesterday and photographed primulas, cyclamens, bergenia, hellebores, camellias, clematis cirrhosa Freckles, a pelargonium, a mahonia with accompanying New Zealand flax, snowdrops, and Daphne odorata marginata all in bloom. The Generous Gardener rose set to climbContinue reading “Backing Up”

A Virtual Tour

There follows the missing post from 15th January 2019 We will be without internet until the faulty router is repaired. This is because the loaned device does not work. Now that I know that EE was bought by BT in 2016, I understand why their customer care is on a par with that of theirContinue reading “A Virtual Tour”

Inside And Out

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY, PHOTOGRAPHS IN WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THEIR PAGES AND CHECKING BOXES AT BOTTOM RIGHT. JUST CLICK ON THE OVENS TO ENLARGE THEM After I finished drafting yesterday’s post, Richard added the second cupboard fixed to the gravity battens.Continue reading “Inside And Out”

Back In The Garden

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE CLUSTER TO ACCESS THE GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL EXAMPLES OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING THE BOXES AT BOTTOM RIGHT. THE BUTTERFLY CAN BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING ON ITS SEPARATE PICTURE Wandering down the garden paths today provided very few corners without snowdrops. The DaphneContinue reading “Back In The Garden”

The Kitchen Garden

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE CLUSTER TO ACCESS ENLARGED GALLERY Here is another look ¬†at our existing kitchen. The section alongside the hobs is effectively the Culinary Queen’s current work surface. As shown in ‘Before The Makeover 1’ the oven, microwave, and fan occupy the other side of the small area at the back.Continue reading “The Kitchen Garden”

Giving It Some Welly

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning’s dawn promised a better day than forecast. And so it proved, at least for the first hour or so. I took an early ramble round the garden on which more light was cast than yesterday. This broughtContinue reading “Giving It Some Welly”

We’re Off Out

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. THE PAIR ACCESS A GALLERY THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Today we are travelling to Leatherhead for the annual Gilbert and Sullivan production of the Godalming Operatic Society directed by Jackie’s cousin Pat O’Connell. We intend to make our leisurely way there; join Helen, Bill, ShellyContinue reading “We’re Off Out”

Out Of The Dark

On another unseasonably mild day, I wandered around the garden with my camera, picking allium, daffodil, camellias, viburnum rhytidophyllum, periwinkle, and bergenia. This afternoon we drove through the forest to Burley. On the way we stopped at a New Forest car park for a short walk with Scooby. Ponies always gather round the parked carsContinue reading “Out Of The Dark”

The Young Gun And The Old Grey Wolf

Now that the prunus Subhirtella Autumnalis has shed virtually all its leaves, the blossom remains to clothe the branches, heavily pruned last year; whilst on the other side of the front garden bergenia blooms. Today was again warm, but the wind still blustered. I scanned more of the colour slides from the trip to BarbadosContinue reading “The Young Gun And The Old Grey Wolf”