Today’s Hobbyhorses

Our extended Indian summer continues. Early this morning the three of us spent some time in the garden where I photographed a number of blooms, the names of which are all included in the galleries. The blue Morning Glories only flowered for the first time last week. Bees are still plundering the cosmoses. After thisContinue reading “Today’s Hobbyhorses”

Garden News

Although the sun shone most of this dry day, the overnight winds remained decidedly brisk. This afternoon I was swept round the garden in search of plants still enough for me to photograph them without panning. These cosmoses now greet us across the kitchen door. The patio planters and pots, as usual have caught theContinue reading “Garden News”

We Haven’t Done Too Badly

On another blustery morning we carried out domestic indoor tasks and I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/28/a-knights-tale-42-i-find-my-direction/ Later Jackie righted most of the fallen pots; I set up a few more, gathered up more tree twigs, and picked up the mirror which was fortunately undamaged. The Head Gardener cleared some broken plants and tied up others. I tookContinue reading “We Haven’t Done Too Badly”

“Hello Barbara”

Mum perked up yesterday afternoon. When Elizabeth and Jacqueline arrived she was sitting up in bed, drinking from her own cup. She stayed awake for two hours; conversed lucidly; and consumed a little liquid nourishment, antibiotics, and water. Staff were concerned about her breathing overnight and she is to be given morphine to make herContinue reading ““Hello Barbara””

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”

Unquenchable Polish Spirit

This morning Nick from Peacock Computers visited to instal a new router and to repair the interface between our TV and the You View box. After lunch Barry from New Forest Chimney Sweeping And Repairs came to inspect our leaking Velux window. He asked me to send him two photographs, which I did. Nugget overtookContinue reading “Unquenchable Polish Spirit”

Happier Behind The Camera

I was grateful today for the overnight thunderstorm and for Jackie’s watering the parts it couldn’t reach early this morning before she and Shelly drove to Helen’s to offer sisterly assistance. This meant I could concentrate on the dead-heading necessitated by the storm’s stripping of many petals. After more than an hour I retreated indoorsContinue reading “Happier Behind The Camera”

The Stumpery

Jill Weatherholt, in her comment on “The Path To Deadman Hill”, described Jackie’s young robin as a little nugget. His name is now Nugget. She spent the morning conversing with him whilst tidying the Oval Bed. After taking the above photographs I wandered round the garden. Hydrangeas need a lot of water, but the HeadContinue reading “The Stumpery”

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”

A Bigger Splash

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 The garden was looking very refreshed as I wandered around this morning. Most blooms bore baubles of raindrops. Bees were making up for being confined inContinue reading “A Bigger Splash”