Today The Sun Came Out To Play

Individual picture titles will be found on the gallery, otherwise I will leave the title and the sun in charge. This evening we dined on roast chicken thighs; chipolata sausages; crisp roast potatoes, parsnips and Yorkshire pudding; sage and onion stuffing; flavoursome Brussels sprouts and carrots, with tasty gravy. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drankContinue reading “Today The Sun Came Out To Play”

Finishing Touches

On another gloomy wet morning Jackie photographed a selection of our current garden blooms, some decorated with pearls of rainwater. Here we have sarcocca Hoskeriana, cyclamen, daffodil, iris reticulata Katharine Hodgkin, snowdrops, hellebore, camellia, daphne odorata marginata, and crocus. Barry, of New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs, then visited to extend the downpipe across theContinue reading “Finishing Touches”

Thorns And Scratches

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY Jackie is making good headway on her Spring planting Two sarcococcas, small shrubs which already dispense amazing scents, have been tried out with temporary plonking in their pots; Other seeds, bulbs, and corms to come, are marked with packet labels; Our first daffodilContinue reading “Thorns And Scratches”

The Birds And The Bees

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE WHEN SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. I spent some time in the garden today observing avian activity. Although some wood pigeons waited hopefully in the beech and in the weeping birch, where one pair thought aboutContinue reading “The Birds And The Bees”

Island In The Sun

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning’s sunshine lasted long enough to draw me into pruning the rose garden. By the time I had finished the skies had clouded over and rain begun. Between showers Jackie was able to plant primulas into the large windowContinue reading “Island In The Sun”

Panic-Engendering Chaos

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning I took advantage of a brief window of sunshine in an otherwise slate grey day to discover in the garden daffodils, hellebores, crocuses, cyclamens, snowdrops, and camellia buds all bursting through. After lunch, Jackie drove me to Sears Barbers in Milford onContinue reading “Panic-Engendering Chaos”

The Flyer

On another springlike, sunny, morning, beside a pot of primulas, Jackie began work on renovating her recent dump table purchase. This involved glue and screws. Hoverflies are back in town. Can you spot this one? (Yellow attracts) This is a view across the eastern end of the Heligan Path towards the Rose Garden. These hellebores are differentContinue reading “The Flyer”

Farewell To Westminster

Storm Imogen appears to have slunk away today, which was calm and sunny, brightening our daffodils, snowdrops, crocuses, and camellias. Another strip of colour negatives from April 1986 in a brown window envelope in the rediscovered collection were clearly not taken by me, but by staff members on my last day as Westminster Social ServicesContinue reading “Farewell To Westminster”

Out Of The Dark

On another unseasonably mild day, I wandered around the garden with my camera, picking allium, daffodil, camellias, viburnum rhytidophyllum, periwinkle, and bergenia. This afternoon we drove through the forest to Burley. On the way we stopped at a New Forest car park for a short walk with Scooby. Ponies always gather round the parked carsContinue reading “Out Of The Dark”