No Sensible Pony

On another warm day of clear blue skies we accompanied Matthew and Poppy to Everton Garden Centre to buy a birthday present, then lunched in their Camellia’s Café. The very well cooked, plentiful, meals set us up for the day. Mine consisted of chicken and ham pie, new potatoes, and vegetables; Mat’s was roast duck;Continue reading “No Sensible Pony”

Clay Hill

On this sunny and rather cold morning Nugget followed Aaron around the garden, darting for his prey. “Where’s Nugget?” (18). Small White butterflies multiply by the minute, sharing the verbena bonarensises with swarms of bees. I spent much of the day listening to the fourth Test Match between England and Australia. Late this afternoon weContinue reading “Clay Hill”

Wrecking The Shrubbery

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. THESE CAN BE FURTHER ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. This afternoon, Jackie drove me around theContinue reading “Wrecking The Shrubbery”

Free Ice Creams

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. We spent a sweltering morning on garden tasks. Jackie prepared an area in the West Bed from which Aaron had removed an ancient, unproductive, rose yesterday for a replacement yet to be acquired. I occupied myself dead-heading and clearing up. This afternoon we drove into the forest.Continue reading “Free Ice Creams”

Savouring The Meaning Of Life

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT AS REQUIRED On this dull but dry morning, we transported more garden refuse to the dump and returned with a shove ha’penny board. First of all, having just received a contract giving a start date of 31st March 2014, but no bill I made another telephone call to BritishContinue reading “Savouring The Meaning Of Life”

Blackberrying

  ALL IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING ON THEM; THE SMALLER IMAGES GIVE ACCESS TO  LARGER GALLERIES. Today, I scanned another batch of black and white negatives from 1985. Here is a view of the garden of the gite, where Jessica basked in the evening sun. Here Matthew introduces Sam and Louisa to farmyardContinue reading “Blackberrying”

Park Life Part 1

During a brief cessation in the day’s steady precipitation, I took a walk down to Roger’s gate and back. A solitary wasp fed on blackberries in the hedgerow. Following my post on Robin Hood Theatre, Becky and I couldn’t quite remember whether NITS had performed there. ( Louisa has subsequently told me they did). WeContinue reading “Park Life Part 1”

Decorating Day 2

For some reason best known to themselves Flo and her family take a perverse delight in occupying my chair on their visits. This reached its pinnacle on March 31st 2013. On that occasion Matthew’s Oddie joined in on the act. He was often the sole occupant but the post ‘Whose Chair Is It Anyway’ describesContinue reading “Decorating Day 2”

The Weather

Those of my readers currently enjoying warm, or tolerating hot, summers in other parts of the world may not be aware of the weather we can normally expect in England less than a month away from our shortest day; and therefore be unable to appreciate the pleasant surprise we are now experiencing. It was a springlikeContinue reading “The Weather”

The Golden Touch

On the way through the garden this morning, to continue working on the back drive, I paused to admire Jackie’s two new planters, originally candle-holders from Redcliffe Nursery. They display her usual flair. Turning into the drive, I encountered the trail made by a mole. As this stopped at the site of the bonfire, perhapsContinue reading “The Golden Touch”