The Ubiquitous Red Jacket

Jackie spent all this day of intermittent sunshine and clouds continuing her weeding and watering, mostly in the Rose Garden. I rendered minimal assistance while wandering round with a camera listening to the avian orchestral matins. More clematises are now blooming; Marie Boisselot blends with Erigeron cascading at her feet; one we cannot name hasContinue reading “The Ubiquitous Red Jacket”

Orlaigh And Her Rabbit – Er, Brother

Early this morning I received a FaceTime call from Malachi in Fremantle. Trying to keep up with an 11 year old who was playing Lexulous, chatting with both voice and text, and teaching me various applications simultaneously is testing indeed. All coming at a rate of knots, you understand. One application involved ‘effects’. These canContinue reading “Orlaigh And Her Rabbit – Er, Brother”

Venison For Christmas

The weather picture this morning was of strong winds propelling variable clouds, some unloading precipitation of heavy rain and piercing hale, and bright sunshine, all vying for the available time. Thus, our naked trees enjoyed ever-changing backdrops, while the house was often brightly lit. Among other tasks, Aaron planted beside the cypress trunk two heavilyContinue reading “Venison For Christmas”

Emergency Grounding

The bare copper beach brings clear signs of autumn to the garden, as Jackie continues her clearance of the Palm Bed and, in particular, the Dead End Bed. This New Zealand hebe has received heavy pruning. The thick limb to the right of the chimney planter, and supporting the remaining branches, has been rooted fromContinue reading “Emergency Grounding”

Gracing The Back Drive

The weather today was overcast and cold, but mostly dry. A wander round the garden seemed to be in order. The upstairs windows gave me a new perspective in which the rescued red Japanese maple gapes in awe across and above to the majestic copper beech; I could look down on the gazebo clematis; andContinue reading “Gracing The Back Drive”

Back In The Garden

Stormy weather and a heavy cold have kept me indoors for the last week. Today the wind has dropped to 20 m.p.h. and the sun has shone. I therefore took a walk in the garden. Jackie now has the cold and is currently housebound. Our winter flowering cherry remains bright against the blue sky above.Continue reading “Back In The Garden”

Our Joint One Good Knee

Last night I watched a recording of Saturday’s breathtaking rugby match between Wales and South Africa; after lunch today the soporific contest between Scotland and Argentina. Bright sunshine had taken me into the rather cold garden this morning. Winter pansies and trailing ivy adorn hanging baskets on the sitting room walls. Geraniums and Japanese maplesContinue reading “Our Joint One Good Knee”

The Dump Can Wait

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN PAIRS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. Much of today was spent planting roses, tidying beds, and pruning and lopping trees and overgrown shrubs. I cleared up Jackie’s maple cuttings from yesterday, then concentrated on theContinue reading “The Dump Can Wait”

In Our Daughter’s Handbag

Just before lunch Ian drove Becky, Scooby, and me to Barton on Sea. As we walked along the cliff top, we watched storm clouds approaching from the North. Deciding to ignore them we walked down the slope towards the beach, got drenched, and retreated to the Beachcomber Cafe. The whole population of the seaside townContinue reading “In Our Daughter’s Handbag”

Finishing Touches

We have a long, but not tall, Chinese oak cabinet which has gone up and down stairs in our new home like a yo-yo. The library had seemed its most likely final resting place. ┬áThe almost completed project no longer offered space for it. So back upstairs we carted it. When I bought the chestsContinue reading “Finishing Touches”