Burnt Out

This morning I scanned three more of Charles Keeping’s excellent illustrations to ‘Our Mutual Friend’. ‘Conveniently elevated above the level of the living, were the dead’ ‘Tippins the divine’ The artist’s inspired evocation of Dickens’s ‘The whole metropolis was a heap of vapour charged with muffled sound of wheels’ prompted me to post https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/11/a-knights-tale-32-the-great-smog/ OnContinue reading “Burnt Out”

A Dazzled Spider

With our dry heat now reaching 30C we carried out watering this afternoon before retreating indoors where I posted: https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/07/a-knights-tale-29-early-interviews/ , read more of Dickens’s Our Mutual friend and scanned the next five of Charles Keeping’s Inimitable illustrations. ‘The objectionable Sloppy’ ‘She folded her hand round Lizzie’s neck, and rocked herself on Lizzie’s breast’ ‘RiderhoodContinue reading “A Dazzled Spider”

Completing West Bed Planting

On a very dull, overcast, afternoon we shopped at Otter Nurseries for tree bark with which to mulch Jackie’s further planting in the recently opened up West Bed, then continued for a brief drive into the forest where we found nothing to photograph in such poor light. While Jackie completed the dressing of the soil,Continue reading “Completing West Bed Planting”

On The Approach To September

After lunch on a warmly sun-kissed day I poked my camera out of the upstairs windows to introduce it to the garden views on the approach to September. I then read more of Charles Dickens’s ‘Our Mutual Friend’, and scanned the next four of Charles Keeping’s memorable illustrations. ‘She sat on the ground, with herContinue reading “On The Approach To September”

Turning The Decking

We received our mail-ordered present for Matthew’s birthday during the December lockdown and consequently were unable to give it to him until this morning. It was a professional electric drill kit. While waiting for the equipment to charge up, our son sat on the decking working on a puzzle book. He decided to try outContinue reading “Turning The Decking”

The West Fence Trellis

Jackie spent most of a day that was dull, warm, humid, and oppressed by a burnished gunmetal canopy overhead, occupied opening up the trellis at the back of the West fence to the nevertheless absent sunlight. At intervals I removed several trugloads of clippings and weeds to the compost bins and the ever-increasing piles destinedContinue reading “The West Fence Trellis”

About Some Books

I have read thousands of books in my life, and, until yesterday evening there had only been two I have not finished. These were Thomas Malory’s ‘Le Morte d’Arthur’, in which I was bored by lists of names of biblical length; and James Joyce’s ‘Finnegan’s Wake’, which I had seen as a challenge, especially asContinue reading “About Some Books”

Noon In The Knight Garden

At noon, on another warm, sunny, day with a moderate breeze, I poked my camera out of the upstairs window in order to record the garden’s continuing splendour. (I was inspired by a comment from Elizabeth Gauffreau for today’s title) This afternoon I finished reading ‘David Copperfield’ and scanned the final eight drawings with whichContinue reading “Noon In The Knight Garden”

Despite The Winds Of August

Yesterday’s winds were not quite as bad as expected, but they persisted today, amid sunny spells. The Head Gardener carried out more pruning, clipping, and tidying, with minimal assistance from me. After lunch I wandered around with my camera. Here is a selection of our white flowers, comprising Marguerites, cosmos, dahlias. Japanese anemones, and petunias.Continue reading “Despite The Winds Of August”

Running For Cover

Following a warning of further fierce winds we carried out our normal protective preparations early this morning. Although still strong the gusts were not as forceful as yesterday. Soon after lunch we took a drive into the forest to take our minds off any possible storm damage. As we approached Smugglers Road car park weContinue reading “Running For Cover”