Answering The Call

After a light overnight frost this morning was sunshine-bright and somewhat chilly. I reached Florence at Fiveways in my weeding of the gravelled Gazebo Path, while Jackie sat on her kneeling stool to continue her clearance of the Pond Bed. Immediately after lunch we toured garden centres in search of a strong wooden bench toContinue reading “Answering The Call”

Seeking The Shot

A chill wind belied the sunny periods today. This morning Jackie continued with her general garden maintenance, including pruning, while I dug more weeds out of the Gazebo path gravel. I can just about manage this for half an hour, but imagine the exercise is doing me good. Crouching is now possible; it is risingContinue reading “Seeking The Shot”

A Paint Job

This morning, before dawn’s light had penetrated neighbouring trees, I photographed the wakening garden from above. Aurora first fingered the wisteria; the crab apple and the Amanogawa blossoms.     Aaron of A.P. Maintenance gave the shed two coats of paint, then drank a mug of tea while, at a suitable distance, I admired hisContinue reading “A Paint Job”

“Some Wet Things”

Throughout the day the promised rain fell steadily. Early this evening we experienced a power cut for a couple of hours. The meat was in the oven; nothing worked; because of lockdown no alternative eating establishments were open; I had not prepared a post. Fortunately the Culinary Queen had stocked up yesterday on salads andContinue reading ““Some Wet Things””

Sparring Sparrows

This morning I spent some time studying the various avian eating activities. Garish goldfinches; red-breasted robins – Ron or Ronette;   daredevil dunnocks; squabbling sparrows; great tits all balanced precariously on the feeders swinging in today’s cooler east wind. I was fascinated by the various grips. The great tits grasped the mesh grid; a goldfinch grippedContinue reading “Sparring Sparrows”

Walkers In The Field

On a gloriously warm and sunny Good Friday, being the start of a four day holiday weekend, the government was still urging the public to adhere to the coronavirus lockdown  regulations; the UK reported death toll was now approaching 1,000 in the last 24 hours; and a small but significant minority of people were transgressingContinue reading “Walkers In The Field”

Cleaning Out The Frog Pond

Jackie spent most of this gloriously sunny and warm spring day working in the garden. In the front she photographed budding Amanogawa and crab apple blossom, and a row of different coloured cyclamens. I took tours before and after lunch, choosing to focus first on a variety of daffodils; these, alongside the Dead End Path,Continue reading “Cleaning Out The Frog Pond”

Number 32

One of Aaron’s tasks today was to reinforce the wobbly posts on the entrance to the Rose Garden, cerinthes have proliferated by self-seeding. The Oval Path curves round the bed beyond that entrance. Shadows fall across the Gazebo and Brick Paths. The yellow and orange diurnal poppies are preparing for my daily dead-heading routine. TheContinue reading “Number 32”

Food For Blackbirds

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. SINGLE PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK WHICH MAY BE REPEATED IF REQUIRED Having approached the end of my teens some time ago, I hadContinue reading “Food For Blackbirds”

Precipitation

AS ALWAYS, CLICK ON ANY IMAGE YOU WISH TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Keeping out of the kitchen this morning was just not an option. The enticing aromas of tonight’s dinner would not permit it. Preparation of Jackie’s delicious chicken jalfrezi was under way. The spicy fragrance and enticing colours of food from the Indian sub-continentContinue reading “Precipitation”