After His Bath

Today’s brisk north east wind carried a much cooler breeze than the sunshine promised. Fooled by this deception we took a circuitous route taking in Keyhaven Harbour at low tide on our way home. Some moored boats sat on dry land; others, with buoys bobbed on the rippling shallow surfaces while winds whistled through theirContinue reading “After His Bath”

“Where’s Jackie?”

Jackie spent much of the day tending to her hanging baskets and other containers, while I wandered about dead-heading and picking up debris for the compost bin. I did, of course, have my camera handy. We have two new poppy varieties on display. One is Californian; the other I cannot name because it is aContinue reading ““Where’s Jackie?””

Cawing For His Mum

I delayed my walk around the garden until later this afternoon, hoping to take advantage of the light. Almost as soon as I had photographed this budding heuchera and this camellia bloom toning into graceful age, the skies closed the curtains, silhouetting the Weeping birch branches. I continued photographing a range of daffodils; another somewhatContinue reading “Cawing For His Mum”

Their Hay Day

Today was dull and dry. This morning Jackie photographed a great tit in the garden. After lunch she drove us to Helen and Bill’s home in Fordingbridge. My sister-in-law was returning two grandchildren to their parents; we stayed chatting with Bill for a while and drank his coffee. We left birthday presents for Helen, then tookContinue reading “Their Hay Day”

A Quarrel Of Sparrows

Stealth bombers dominate our front garden feeders. Silently they crowd the seed provider, with a considerable amount of spillage cleared up by robin Ron for whom this particular container was provided, and larger birds like blackbirds and woodpigeons. The voracious field sparrows dart onto any vacant perch. They engage in fearsome face-offs. Spreading or violentlyContinue reading “A Quarrel Of Sparrows”

Have I Found A Redshank?

We enjoyed another very hot temperature with clear, pale blue, skies today. In the garden bees laboured on rudbeckia; Small White butterflies were ubiquitous; sun produced X-ray images of such as hollyhocks and pelargoniums; and cart wheels spoke to the low bark of the eucalyptus. I wandered around for a while. As usual, titles mayContinue reading “Have I Found A Redshank?”

Clustered Together

The rain having subsided this morning, Nugget emerged from his wet-day quarters to assist Jackie in thinning out the Oval Bed. As the Head Gardener clipped away at spent stems and leaves her little friend entomophagous friend, eyes everywhere, pounced with deadly aim on disturbed insects. After lunch, I retouched the last three of myContinue reading “Clustered Together”

Round The Bend

This morning Dale from Crestwood visited and measured up for the new flooring in the sitting room. This friendly, personable, gentleman received knee replacements shortly before me and is back to carpet fitting, which is encouraging. When we discussed dates and I mentioned that we were very flexible, a snort-guffaw ensued from Ian. Mr andContinue reading “Round The Bend”

Beach Photography

Yesterday our blogging friend Jill Weatherholt posted about EtchASketch. She asked what toys from our childhoods gave us nostalgic memories. Responding to my comment she prompted me to feature the birthday present I gave Jackie on 1st June this year. She happened to mention her father’s Christmas Santa gifts which were designed something like thisContinue reading “Beach Photography”

Sweet Smell Of Success

On a dull, damp, afternoon we took the Angel Lane route to Milford on Sea to pick up a repeat prescription from the Pharmacy, then drove on to Keyhaven. Low tide in the harbour revealed seaweed on which gulls preened and one cannibal crow scavenged. Boats tilted and buoys bobbed. Hazy distant views of HurstContinue reading “Sweet Smell Of Success”