Becoming Tidier

Yesterday evening Flo had transferred one more wheelbarrow load of compost into the Rose Garden and another to the new raised bed at the end of the Back Drive. This morning Jackie spread one heap on the newly planted bed, and continued weeding the gravel path. The borders are beginning to bloom nicely. I beganContinue reading “Becoming Tidier”

‘Bleak House’ Comes To The End

Last night I finished reading my Folio Society edition of ‘Bleak House’ By Charles Dickens. First published in instalments from March 1852 to August 1853, this is a superb novel from a writer at the peak of his powers. As is my wont I will not provide details of the story which other readers mayContinue reading “‘Bleak House’ Comes To The End”

Incineration Completed

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/11/17/a-knights-tale-66-horse-and-dolphin-yard/ Jackie continued with the garden refuse incineration and after lunch we emptied the last of the compost bags’ twiggy bits onto the middle bin to let them dry out before finally burning them; then carried half a dozen of the now empty bags to leave them at our free horseContinue reading “Incineration Completed”

Continuing Maintenance

On a much brighter morning Jackie trimmed the lower limbs of myrtle while I bagged up the clippings and added them to the row awaiting the local recycling centre. This, and further tidying, work has improved the views from the patio and down the Dead End Path. Also in receipt of attention has been theContinue reading “Continuing Maintenance”

It’s An Ill Wind……..

We are in direct line from The Needles off the Isle of Wight. The heaviest gust of wind overnight sweeping through these iconic rocks was recorded at 109 miles per hour. Even this morning rains continued and the wind speeds were in excess of 70 m.p.h. This was definitely a day for staying indoors andContinue reading “It’s An Ill Wind……..”

Hay Ho

This morning Aaron of A.P. Maintenance completed his preparation of the Rose Garden for winter that is still being kept at bay. A week or so back he gave the shrub roses a good haircut. Today he laid our two year old compost around their bases. Clumps of bright yellow bidens, like these at theContinue reading “Hay Ho”

No-one Will Buy Any Ice Cream Today

CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP WILL ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK Today the Met Office threatened us with continuous steady rain. It didn’t come. We were also promisedContinue reading “No-one Will Buy Any Ice Cream Today”

Spot The Difference

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING ON THE RELEVANT BOX. In today’s gardening division of labour my contribution was weeding the back drive, while Jackie continued planting, weeding, and watering. My main focus was on the bed alongside the new fence.Continue reading “Spot The Difference”

Keep Off My Roof

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. We carried out a little more gardening maintenance today. Jackie concentrated on conditioning beds and pots like this sweet pea trough. It was not her own hunger that caused her to applyContinue reading “Keep Off My Roof”

A Lost Shadow

IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING ON THEM – TWICE IF NECESSARY Ronan the Boilerman fitted a new thermostat to our hot water cylinder tank this morning. That means we no longer scald our hands and have to turn on the cold tap every time we want to wash them. Jackie spent much of theContinue reading “A Lost Shadow”