Absolutely Fabulous Cricket

The sun was permitted the occasional appearance from behind today’s cloud curtain. At mid morning, thinking she was attending to the Weeping Birch Bed, I ventured out for a stint of clearing up after the Head Gardener’ general maintenance efforts, and received something of a shock. Jackie had been diverted by the Rose Garden, uponContinue reading “Absolutely Fabulous Cricket”

The Best Cricket Of The Day

Jackie photographed nicotiana and petunias on her way to the Rose Garden, where she attempted to don the Festive Jewel. Nugget is beginning to fly into the trees and shout his warning message to what we think is a distant emerging territorial rival. “Where’s Nugget?” (7a) in this picture, taken when he dropped down toContinue reading “The Best Cricket Of The Day”

Better Than Expected

Today’s winds have dropped to 20 m.p.h. When opening the gate for Aaron this morning I checked on the storm damage. There really wasn’t much more than I had noticed yesterday. The downpipe to the water butt on the corner of the kitchen wall had become unstuck; a few extra pots had fallen; the sweetContinue reading “Better Than Expected”

“I’ve Got To Go And Do It For Grandpa”

CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A CLUSTER ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER ENLARGEMENT CAN BE OBTAINED BY A CLICK OR TWO Today a dirty-white shawl was cast across the sunless skies, so I scanned another batch of colourContinue reading ““I’ve Got To Go And Do It For Grandpa””

A Wildlife Garden

CLICK ON IMAGES (ESPECIALLY THE CRICKET) TO ENLARGE. REPEAT (ESPECIALLY THE CRICKET) IF REQUIRED. DID I MENTION THE CRICKET? It is two years since we were last assisting our friend Giles in opening his garden in Milford on Sea. Once more, today,¬†we took the first stint in his rota. Overnight rain had only recently desistedContinue reading “A Wildlife Garden”

The Colour Wheel

More clearing up of clippings was required this morning. On my way through the garden, I had a chat with our friendly¬†baby blackbird. Since its father no longer, from a safe distance, follows it around he must have decided this little creature, who has known us all its brief life, can fend for itself. TheContinue reading “The Colour Wheel”

The Golden Touch

On the way through the garden this morning, to continue working on the back drive, I paused to admire Jackie’s two new planters, originally candle-holders from Redcliffe Nursery. They display her usual flair. Turning into the drive, I encountered the trail made by a mole. As this stopped at the site of the bonfire, perhapsContinue reading “The Golden Touch”

A Summer For Insects

This morning, following the advice Mike gave me yesterday, we went in search of The Old House. Google informed us that this was in Lymington Road in Milford on Sea. It has, of course, quite a different postcode. Jackie drove us up and down this road, and we couldn’t find it. The most likely candidateContinue reading “A Summer For Insects”

Flo’s Frog

Soon after midday Jackie and I drove to New Milton to collect our friend Sheila who has joined the family group. After lunch, Jackie, Flo, Sheila, and I went on a hunt for Becky, Ian, and Scooby, who had gone ‘to the beach’. They were not at Milford on Sea. They were not at BartonContinue reading “Flo’s Frog”

Lest We Forget

It is Alice’s birthday today, so I will begin by displaying my iMac wallpaper on which she walks across the shingle on a very blustery day in view of the Isle of Wight and The Needles. This morning I walked to the bank at New Milton. I turned right up Lower Ashley Road and leftContinue reading “Lest We Forget”