Cutting Out The Middle Man?

Early this morning, Jackie photographed the first welcoming dawn we have experienced for a while. The sunshine lived up to its promise as I wandered around photographing clumps of cheerful snowdrops; bunches of daffodils including tete-a-tetes; bright cyclamen; a variety of abundant hellebores which retained raindrops; and prolific shrubs such as camellias and viburnum. ToContinue reading “Cutting Out The Middle Man?”

Clear Water

Pink sky streaks sent me out in the bright, chill, morning with my camera, and perhaps led me to the hues of gladiolus, Dr Ruppel, Mamma Mia, Lady Emma Hamilton, this particular climbing rose, pelargonium, and carpet rose. High up in the copper beech I think it was a blackbird serenading. We took an earlyContinue reading “Clear Water”

They Left Their Mark

We have an old saw that states “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight, red sky in the morning shepherd’s warning”. This certainly rang true today. Jackie had only a few minutes to photograph a rosy pink dawn. Afterwards there was barely a tinge left for Florence sculpture’s portrait. On this decidedly dank, dismal, day, Aaron,Continue reading “They Left Their Mark”

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”