“Go Round Us”

This morning we righted the fallen pots in the garden before visiting Ferndene Farm Shop where Jackie joined the masked queue. I have her word that she was smiling in the last picture. The shopping went quite smoothly. Afterwards we took a drive into the forest by way of Holmsley Passage which was already becomingContinue reading ““Go Round Us””

Continuing To Cater

This was another fine, but cool, day. As usual when Jackie stepped out of the stable door to fill the robin family’s breakfast tray Nugget appeared in the wisteria before she had opened the cereal jar. Soon after the Head Gardener had attended to her ever-multiplying avian infants we set out on what was plannedContinue reading “Continuing To Cater”

A Mating Ritual

I accompanied Jackie on her Ferndene Farm shop trip this morning. There was no queue for the food shopping, so Jackie did that first before joining the line of  plant lovers, Masks were more in evidence today. Jackie’s floral purchases were limited because there was only one empty plant tray and the trollies were allContinue reading “A Mating Ritual”

Pannage Has Begun

We began this hot and sunny late summer’s day with a trip to Ferndene Farm Shop. Normally, when we visit this splendidly stocked and very reasonably priced outlet we do so in order to buy compost and manage to come away with plants as well. Today the process was reversed. We came for pansies andContinue reading “Pannage Has Begun”

Godwits Galore

This morning we drove to Ferndene Farm Shop for three bags of all Purpose compost. Jackie explored the rows of plants on sale as she also bought some trailing lobelias, and found time to encourage one of the resident pigs, which was labouring somewhat, to step up to the trough for a drink. On ourContinue reading “Godwits Galore”

Angel Lane

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. SHOULD YOU WISH TO ENLARGE THE CAR LOAD OF BEDDING PLANTS, JUST CLICK ON IT AND REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning Jackie drove me to theContinue reading “Angel Lane”

No-one Will Buy Any Ice Cream Today

CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP WILL ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK Today the Met Office threatened us with continuous steady rain. It didn’t come. We were also promisedContinue reading “No-one Will Buy Any Ice Cream Today”

Fire Up Above And Fire Down Below

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. 1ST DECEMBER 2017 This is being posted two days late because we went away for the weekend and I forgot to take my laptop charger with me. You have to be quick to secure a Ferndene Farm Shop Christmas tree. Before setting off for Bicester, we boughtContinue reading “Fire Up Above And Fire Down Below”

The Bees Are Out

Propped up by my walking stick, I managed to make my way through the garden and a hundred yards or so down Downton Lane this morning. The Royal Oak pub car park had a look of spring about it. Catkins swayed in the breeze. A pair of doves, which we think must be the parents ofContinue reading “The Bees Are Out”

A Plant Hunt

This morning I walked up Hordle Lane taking a route on the right through what are now flint-strewn stubble fields sporting attractive daisies. Yeatton House, now converted into flats, could be seen peering from the trees in the distance. Feeling like a rat seeking egress from a maze, I took a diagonal tractor track acrossContinue reading “A Plant Hunt”