Early Morning Light

We began work in the garden early, because we knew it would be a hot day. In addition to all her general labours, Jackie spent much time scrubbing surfaces, such as the slippery decking, and pigeon poo on chairs and benches. My task was a certain amount of dead heading and feeding of the compostContinue reading “Early Morning Light”

Flies Are Now In Season

On another warm, humid, and largely overcast morning garden maintenance was continued. Jackie mostly concentrated on the Rose Garden, then produced her own gallery. It was the cricket on Absolutely Fabulous that sent her indoors for her camera. She also spotted a bee and a beetle on Rosa Gallica. Winchester Cathedral, For Your Eyes Only,Continue reading “Flies Are Now In Season”

Antipodean Arboreal Delights

I began the day by reading three more of Anton Chekhov’s short stories and scanning one illustration. In her introduction to ‘Kashtanka’ (1887) Elisaveta Fen quotes a letter from Chekhov’s friend, the poet Polonsky, who wrote ‘the ending is not only unexpected but also significant, and this is most important. The colour of the languageContinue reading “Antipodean Arboreal Delights”

“Not Much Room For Mushrooms”

Shortly after dawn this morning the sun, rising in the east, began to light the tips of the garden trees. These views from the back bedroom windows particularly highlight the sweet smelling cordyline Australis; the blossoming eucalyptus; the yellow bottle brush plant; the Wedding Day rose draped over the Agriframes Arch; and pink pelargoniums. FromContinue reading ““Not Much Room For Mushrooms””

The Prime Suspect

Jackie spent much of the morning watering the garden and tying up roses. After lunch I joined her and dead-headed roses and Welsh poppies while she continued. When the heat drove us in for a rest, the Head Gardener watched Gardeners’ World and I scanned another 21 pages from H.E. Bates’s “Down The River” illustratedContinue reading “The Prime Suspect”

She Hasn’t Forgotten Us

The morning of this warm and sunny day was rather abortive. One problem I have not yet been able to solve is that there is no longer a link to my About Derrick Knight page at the top of each of my posts. This applies to all my earlier posts. The snippet that appears atContinue reading “She Hasn’t Forgotten Us”

Antipodean Visitors

Warm sunshine was the order of the day. Jackie spent much time in shade tending to potted plants, many of which have survived the winter but needed shaves and haircuts. She has suspended some of these from the lopped cypress. My contribution to the general maintenance was a little watering, weeding, and transporting debris toContinue reading “Antipodean Visitors”

Compatriots

I wasn’t able to dead head all the roses today, although I carried out quite a long session with secateurs before my knees suggested that a rest might be in order. After taking one, it seemed likely that spent buds would not spoil any photographs, so I wandered around with the camera. Here are fourContinue reading “Compatriots”

I Really Must Get Dead-Heading

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. On a warm and sunny afternoon, whilst Jackie planted in the shade, with a pit stop at Five Ways, I made my way to the RoseContinue reading “I Really Must Get Dead-Heading”

Preparing For Ophelia

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. (Gwen and Yvonne, divert your eyes when it comes to the culinary coda) Compared with what has been inflicted on Wales and Ireland by the albeit waning hurricane Ophelia, we have got off lightly. This morning we made our usual preparations for protection from strong winds, notablyContinue reading “Preparing For Ophelia”