A Ship In A Bottle

Some 100 yards or so to the east along Christchurch From our house lies the entrance to a series of quarry pits. Our friend Giles has learned that three of the pits have been filled with water and converted to bird sanctuaries. In recent months a series of gates into the woodland have appeared. IContinue reading “A Ship In A Bottle”

Water Feature In Situ

This morning I scanned the next half dozen of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to Charles Dickens’s ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’. In ‘Even her weeping and her sobs were stifled by her clinging round him’ her dress flows like her tears. Dickens’s description of the attendant, complete with whiskers, is faithfully depicted by Keeping in ‘Mrs Prig began toContinue reading “Water Feature In Situ”

“Where’s Jackie?”

Jackie spent much of the day tending to her hanging baskets and other containers, while I wandered about dead-heading and picking up debris for the compost bin. I did, of course, have my camera handy. We have two new poppy varieties on display. One is Californian; the other I cannot name because it is aContinue reading ““Where’s Jackie?””

Catch Me If You Can

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Aaron of AP Maintenance’s main task today was weeding the Back Drive. Taking it in turns to stand aloof,Continue reading “Catch Me If You Can”

New Roses

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This has been a day of varied activities. This morning involved various administrative phone calls; a trip to Lymington to confirm the order and pay for Jackie’s new laptop; and a drive among the lanes around Sway. Other road users somewhat impeding our leisurely progress included aContinue reading “New Roses”

In The May Garden (2)

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. Among his other tasks this morning, Aaron finished weeding the original section of the Brick Path, and sprayed herbicide along the gravel of the Back Drive where an old gold iris has bloomed. Many plants, like this pansy-like mimulus, have happily self-seeded from last year, others like two mulleins threatening to dwarfContinue reading “In The May Garden (2)”

Oh Yes – We Did Have An Easter Egg Hunt

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. This morning Aaron began weeding the Brick Path. Bees were feasting on the tiny blooms of tellimas which grow quite profusely. Noticing Becky wandering around the garden gathering up Scooby’sContinue reading “Oh Yes – We Did Have An Easter Egg Hunt”

Far Too Busy To Chat

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN THE PAIR ACCESS A GALLERY THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE AFTER SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX.. Aaron, Jackie, and I continued tidying up the garden this morning. Daffodils still glow all over; the new generation of honesty crops up everywhere; and the AnemoneContinue reading “Far Too Busy To Chat”

The Magic Carpet

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Having spent much of the night watching the BBC’s presentation of the unfolding of the EU referendum, I wasn’t up to much this morning. I did, however, post my day 5 offering on the Facebook nature series. This was it. It appeared on my WordPress post Earthworks,Continue reading “The Magic Carpet”

A Dust Bath

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This is the second of my 7 day nature series on Facebook. It appeared originally in https://derrickjknight.com/2014/04/29/a-fascinating-collage/ When we paid for Country Girl last week, Jackie also bought one of her favoured wrought iron candle holders for use as a planter. It has a screw fitted to adjust theContinue reading “A Dust Bath”