In The Rain

Heavy, steady, rain fell throughout most of the day. I photographed the scenes from indoors. The pendant in the rain spattered window was made for me by the daughter of a client some thirty years ago. The fallen pot was blown down. If there are any more we don’t want to know about it. IContinue reading “In The Rain”

Decidedly Reluctant To Test The Water

Blackbirds are now in the process of stripping our crab apple trees of fruit. After a quick look around, they tear off an apple then make their way back to their homes across the road. We can just make out others, like this sparrow, about to leave the runway over there. Raindrops kept the foodContinue reading “Decidedly Reluctant To Test The Water”

An Akash Birthday

In 2008, Emily chose to celebrate her birthday at the Akash restaurant at 500A Edgware Road. Of the several posts that have featured this, my favourite over four decades, https://derrickjknight.com/2012/10/31/curry-a-biography/ places this gem in perspective. I had remembered this splendid family occasion when speaking on the phone to Heidi yesterday. This morning I received aContinue reading “An Akash Birthday”

Only So Much Rain

We have now realised that the birds partaking of the front garden feeders are field residents from across the road. Their numbers now include gymnastic blue tits and patient sparrows here waiting their turn at the trough. Our young visitors bear only so much rain before disappearing, following further leakage from the clouds, leaving theContinue reading “Only So Much Rain”

Chancing Their Claws

I was prompted by ‘Time Clock’, today’s thought-provoking post from SueW, to visit my library to retrieve a teenage poem I penned more than sixty years ago. I began with the classic iambic pentameter, then tried something more concrete. Through mirky windows on this the gloomiest morning of the week I watched still timid visitorsContinue reading “Chancing Their Claws”

Under The Weather

Not having yet experienced frost, the nasturtiums still climb the garage door trellis. The crab apple trees are losing their leaves, revealing their fruit, still eschewed by blackbirds not yet hungry enough to eat them. The sun was so weak this morning as to be imperceptible in these photographs of the garden views in whichContinue reading “Under The Weather”

At The Corner Of The Street

An unusual phenomenon is evident in our front garden this year. We have crab apples, normally stripped by blackbirds long before now – still suspended from their branches – standing alongside a winter flowering cherry. When I endured my flexible cystoscopy on 13th December I was given a form to send back after a fortnightContinue reading “At The Corner Of The Street”

A Home

Today was gloomy, inside and out. Rain persisted throughout; skies and our rooms were most dingy. Even at midday one could barely see the pale pink winter flowering cherry juxtaposed against the dripping crab apples. The temperature was, however, warm enough for the nasturtiums and the solanum to keep their shape without becoming their usualContinue reading “A Home”

Assiduous And Carnivorous Trees

It was the turn of a blue tit to investigate the crab apples on this very overcast morning. This one found the fruit a little large for its beak, and didn’t stay long. This afternoon, Elizabeth collected the keys for her new home. Naturally we were there to see her over the threshold, clutching thoughtfulContinue reading “Assiduous And Carnivorous Trees”