Nature’s Umbrellas

Storm Jorge is not due to hit us until tomorrow. Just to get us in the mood, dispiritingly drizzly rain seeped from solid slate skies throughout the day. Even heavy rain would have been more stimulating. Mostly I read, except when I donned a raincoat and wandered around the garden testing my camera’s imperviousness toContinue reading “Nature’s Umbrellas”

Woodpeckers

Elizabeth moved Mum into Woodpeckers Residential Home early yesterday evening, so we paid our mother visit this afternoon. Notice the cattle grid at the entrance intended to deter hopeful ponies from obtaining treats from the residents. Initial reactions are very good. The converted house is well appointed, and the staff caring and attentive, Mum appearsContinue reading “Woodpeckers”

Walking Better

This morning I reduced the codeine element of my pain relief and toured the garden with my camera. I was walking better as I wandered around making these images. Much of the rest of the morning was occupied with mutually supportive family telephone conversations. This afternoon we took a drive into the forest. A chestnutContinue reading “Walking Better”

Expect Equine Visitors

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 With yesterday’s snow now but a memory, today held a real promise of spring. The Culinary Queen made us a picnic lunch, half of which weContinue reading “Expect Equine Visitors”

“A Lot Of Work For One Man”

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY, EACH OF WHICH CAN BE FURTHER ENHANCED BY CLICKING ON THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. THE TWO INDIVIDUAL PICTURES WILL ENLARGE BY CLICKING. This morning Jackie drove us out to MacPenny’s Garden Nursery at Bransgore, where we brunched at The Robin’s Nest. JackieContinue reading ““A Lot Of Work For One Man””

Waiting For The Dilation

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A CLUSTER TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY A wander round the garden this morning yielded   spears of crocosmia, tulips, and daffodils piercing the soil; crocuses opened further; and varieties of primula. Daphne Odorata remains wary of the possibility of a cold spell.   The winter flowering clematis Cirrhosa nowContinue reading “Waiting For The Dilation”

A Haven Of Peace After The Storm

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY This morning we wandered around the garden investigating signs of Spring regrowth. We have snowdrops, hellebores and crocuses coming into bloom. The still small daphne odorata is keeping its powder dry until the temperature is warm enough for its burgeoning buds to burstContinue reading “A Haven Of Peace After The Storm”

An Introduction To The Bastides.

This morning I received an e-mail from the agent selling my French house. Attached was the document for me to sign giving the solicitor the authority to sign the contract on my behalf. Three of the original errors persisted. I responded by asking the agent whether I should alter these by hand. My signature hasContinue reading “An Introduction To The Bastides.”

From Autumn Leaves to Snowdrops

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. Bill Edney had the unenviable task of getting those of us schoolboys at Wimbledon College who could not manage Latin through ‘O’ Level Geography after several terms without a teacher. Today I remembered a different anecdote from that told in the link highlighted above. Sheep, I know do not like long,Continue reading “From Autumn Leaves to Snowdrops”

What’s Come Up

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Today, I wandered around the garden contemplating spring clearing, and investigating what’s come up. There are many different primulas;  borage; pulmonaria; snowdrops and hellebores galore; daffodils such as February Gold and Têtes-à-Têtes; crocuses; irises; and cyclamen. Views across theContinue reading “What’s Come Up”