Ready For Her Close Up

This morning we drove Jan, Bob, and DeAna to New Milton station for the next stage of their journey to Switzerland. Jan e-mailed me three photographs taken on the platform for Waterloo. Jackie and Jan by De; Jan and Derrick by De; and Bob and De by Jan. A brief inspection of further storm damageContinue reading “Ready For Her Close Up”

We Haven’t Done Too Badly

On another blustery morning we carried out domestic indoor tasks and I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/28/a-knights-tale-42-i-find-my-direction/ Later Jackie righted most of the fallen pots; I set up a few more, gathered up more tree twigs, and picked up the mirror which was fortunately undamaged. The Head Gardener cleared some broken plants and tied up others. I tookContinue reading “We Haven’t Done Too Badly”

“Hello Barbara”

Mum perked up yesterday afternoon. When Elizabeth and Jacqueline arrived she was sitting up in bed, drinking from her own cup. She stayed awake for two hours; conversed lucidly; and consumed a little liquid nourishment, antibiotics, and water. Staff were concerned about her breathing overnight and she is to be given morphine to make herContinue reading ““Hello Barbara””

We Still Have Some Colour

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/10/a-knights-tale-31-mugging-more/ When shopping at Lidl yesterday Jackie discovered quite a number of empty shelves. In the central aisles she did find some flat-pack ones that she would like for the garden. She found them so easy to assemble and returned for more today. She bought another four packs. There are nowContinue reading “We Still Have Some Colour”

On The Approach To September

After lunch on a warmly sun-kissed day I poked my camera out of the upstairs windows to introduce it to the garden views on the approach to September. I then read more of Charles Dickens’s ‘Our Mutual Friend’, and scanned the next four of Charles Keeping’s memorable illustrations. ‘She sat on the ground, with herContinue reading “On The Approach To September”

Noon In The Knight Garden

At noon, on another warm, sunny, day with a moderate breeze, I poked my camera out of the upstairs window in order to record the garden’s continuing splendour. (I was inspired by a comment from Elizabeth Gauffreau for today’s title) This afternoon I finished reading ‘David Copperfield’ and scanned the final eight drawings with whichContinue reading “Noon In The Knight Garden”

Happy Planting

Jackie spent most of this pleasantly sunny day on general garden maintenance, including spraying about half of the Back Drive weeds with herbicide. My contribution was dead heading, hand weeding, and clearing debris, in one long and one short bursts. Here are some blooms of For Your Eyes Only, before and after dead heading. IContinue reading “Happy Planting”

A Knight’s Tale (1 : “A Sneaky Weekend”)

On another blisteringly hot day, before the sun was fully up, I produced a dozen current garden views from above. Later, Jackie occupied herself planting and watering, while I carried out some dead heading. These activities were continued at intervals throughout the day. Some years ago, now, encouraged by a number of my readers, IContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (1 : “A Sneaky Weekend”)”

Around The Beds

We have concentrated so much on paths recently that, on a bright and sunny morning, I decided to take a tour around the beds. Each of these pictures bears a title in the gallery. The only editing has been a little slight cropping. I trust the Head Gardener will forgive the occasional inclusion of aContinue reading “Around The Beds”

Flies Are Now In Season

On another warm, humid, and largely overcast morning garden maintenance was continued. Jackie mostly concentrated on the Rose Garden, then produced her own gallery. It was the cricket on Absolutely Fabulous that sent her indoors for her camera. She also spotted a bee and a beetle on Rosa Gallica. Winchester Cathedral, For Your Eyes Only,Continue reading “Flies Are Now In Season”