Blooming Today

On another bright, cold, morning I nipped upstairs to photograph from above Florence continuing her general clearing of the garden beds. After lunch I focussed on a few flowers, including Amanogawa cherry; varieties of cyclamen, of daffodils, of camellias, of tulips; smiling pansies; a sunlit hellebore; a hanging fritillary; and a sweetly scented Daphne OdorataContinue reading “Blooming Today”

Definitely Spring

On this warm and sunny day Jackie unwrapped the wooden patio chairs and we set them in place; Flo continued her work in the garden, clearing twigs and leaves of cordyline Australis and setting about burning them; I wandered around with a camera. Jackie and I took a forest drive after lunch while the othersContinue reading “Definitely Spring”

Avian Antipodeans

Ian joined us after lunch when Jackie and I bought provisions from Ferndene Farm Shop, where I photographed their displays of bedding plants and cut flowers. We then took a drive into the forest where daffodils enhance many verges. Jackie caught me in her wing mirror returning from photographing a bank of them off RingwoodContinue reading “Avian Antipodeans”

Tractor And Trailer

Today I can post the Charles Keeping illustrations from ‘Bleak House’ that I prepared yesterday: ‘Mr Jarndyce was standing with an attentive smile on his face’ ‘The portrait of the present Lady Dredlock’ ‘They all looked up at us as we came in’ ‘This fragile mite of a creature quietly perched on his forehead’ OnContinue reading “Tractor And Trailer”

A Second Chance

Is it perhaps an example of Karl Jung’s synchronicity that I should have come to the end of an acclaimed modern masterpiece with which I find myself at odds on a day when the Kremlin is shelling Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. I began reading “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles soon after ChristmasContinue reading “A Second Chance”

Along The Lanes To The West

I cannot be bothered to detail the problem that has developed with my probate application, except to say that I have received an e-mail rejecting my completed form for a reason that doesn’t make sense and asking me to submit a new one. Without sending a duplicate form I replied and received a standard automatedContinue reading “Along The Lanes To The West”

Water Feature In Situ

This morning I scanned the next half dozen of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to Charles Dickens’s ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’. In ‘Even her weeping and her sobs were stifled by her clinging round him’ her dress flows like her tears. Dickens’s description of the attendant, complete with whiskers, is faithfully depicted by Keeping in ‘Mrs Prig began toContinue reading “Water Feature In Situ”

Surviving The Cold Weather

Having progressed comfortably past the halfway point in Charles Dickens’s ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, this morning I scanned the next six of Charles Keeping’s imaginative and skilful illustrations. In ‘Mrs Hominy stalked in again; very erect, in proof of her aristocratic blood’ the artist perfectly displays her haughtiness. ‘Three or four meagre dogs; some long-legged pigs; someContinue reading “Surviving The Cold Weather”

Anyone For Croquet?

A drowsy morning was necessary for me after yesterday’s exertions, although the Head Gardener did plant a number of seeds in the greenhouse. This afternoon – cold with sunny intervals – we took a drive into the forest. A game of croquet was in progress on the green at Nomansland. The players were unfazed byContinue reading “Anyone For Croquet?”