John’s Bedroom

The moon still shone brightly as Jackie went out to photograph the pastel pink dawn as it tinted the roof tiles over the gabled bedroom that harboured John Corden on his recent visit. Although we had suffered a little more damage such as fallen  pots, supports, and owls on the decking, the camellias continue toContinue reading “John’s Bedroom”

Comparatively Unscathed

Jackie produced a few photographs of dawn this morning. Although the skies would darken with rain squalls and the windspeed increase at intervals after lunch the morning was brighter and the speed 45 m.p.h. I toured the garden investigating what turned out to be very little damage. The patio planters in front of the FrenchContinue reading “Comparatively Unscathed”

Rearing Hellebores

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 The first clear sky at dawn for some time promised a sunny day which was appreciated by the garden, especially the winter flowering cherry that hasContinue reading “Rearing Hellebores”

“Google It”

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ENLARGED GALLERIES. Soon after 8 a.m. pink fingers groped along the light grey clouds over Downton while the sun itself remained largely out of sight behind trees. Slowly the sky brightened, but that was the last glimpse of the sun, and rain set in at noon.Continue reading ““Google It””

The Heyday Of The Cinema

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This is the view from our bedroom window that got me staggering downstairs for a camera at 4.30 a.m. Later on Jackie and I both tidied, weeded, and cleared sections of the garden, adding to the compost heap. Jackie then planted more flowers and I continued withContinue reading “The Heyday Of The Cinema”

Baa

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. It wasn’t until early evening that the clarity of the dawn skies was to be repeated today. Jackie discovered that the Big Beast had dug its way under her reinforcedContinue reading “Baa”

Raising The Roof

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE AFTER SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING ON THE RELEVANT BOX. Threatened with an early disappearance of the sun that shone through the mist at dawn this morning, we took a drive soon afterwards. I have to confess thatContinue reading “Raising The Roof”

Giving It Some Welly

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning’s dawn promised a better day than forecast. And so it proved, at least for the first hour or so. I took an early ramble round the garden on which more light was cast than yesterday. This broughtContinue reading “Giving It Some Welly”

Temporary Service

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ACCESS GALLERY THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Soon after dawn this morning pink tinged indigo clouds slid across a bright blue background. Within the hour, like the roof at Wimbledon, a slate grey canopy was stretched across the skies, and by the time Jackie drove me out to the bank at New Milton steadyContinue reading “Temporary Service”

Rain Stops Planting

SHOULD YOU WISH TO ENLARGE ANY IMAGES, CLICK ON THEM, AND REPEAT IF REQUIRED It was Jackie who was up with the dawn this morning. She was struck by the frost on the Modus whilst the cherry was blooming, as the early sun lit the field behind the oak-lined hedge. The Castle Bench also hadContinue reading “Rain Stops Planting”