Garden Visitors

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 Regular readers will know that Elizabeth’s friends, Pauline and Jo were unable to reach us on a recent planned visit, because of a traffic problem onContinue reading “Garden Visitors”

Carefully Cutting To Shape

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY, EACH MEMBER OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. Compared with that experienced in other parts of the world, including the rest of the UK, the Christmas cake icing barely coating our garden whenContinue reading “Carefully Cutting To Shape”

Morning Light

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE AFTER SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. On Sunday mornings when Aaron is due to come, I nip down to the five-barred gate at the end of the back drive to open it so he can drive his vehicleContinue reading “Morning Light”

From Mist To Sunshine And Back

CLICK ON CLUSTERS TO ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. THE SINGLE IMAGES JUST NEED TO BE CLICKED FOR ENLARGEMENT IF REQUIRED. The mist that shrouded the garden never left Downton today. Motoring further away from the coast into the forest in the mid-afternoon, Jackie and I left the fog behind us and wereContinue reading “From Mist To Sunshine And Back”

Spectral Ponies

CLICK ON CLUSTERED, SMALLER, IMAGES TO ACCESS LARGER GALLERIES. This morning we brunched in a very crowded Otter Nurseries restaurant before driving to Emery Down, Bolderwood, and back home. As with many New Forest villages, the approach to Emery Down from Swan Green is quintessentially English. We have a row of tiny thatched cottages inContinue reading “Spectral Ponies”

No Sale

Here is yesterday’s camouflaged deer, in the centre of the complete shot. As always. clicking on my images enlarges them. If once is not enough, a second gives a supersize. Splendid sunlight lit upon the garden today as, leaving Aaron to his work, we drove to the final coffee morning of the exhibition. Aaron completed the painting ofContinue reading “No Sale”

Mulching And Composting

The early sun set the front garden glowing gold, as always, this morning. The autumn flowering cherry has been in bloom since last October. The telegraph pole, from which a cluster of cables fans out along Christchurch Road and all points of the compass, receives regular visits from BT engineers. What this area looked like aContinue reading “Mulching And Composting”

The Plantation House And Garden

A visitor just inside the front door this morning somewhat deterred Jackie from leaving the house by that route. Well, it was suspended at just about head height. Yesterday the Head Gardener pronounced sentence of death on a ficus which was far too close to the patio, and too big for the plot it occupied.Continue reading “The Plantation House And Garden”

Make Love, Not War

Now that our garden possesses better flooring than that inside the house, we cannot light bonfires in overflowing, legless, rusty, wheelbarrows any more. On another gloriously sunny morning we therefore went on a galvanised garden incinerator search. Beginning with Otter nurseries we performed a local tour, ending up where we had started. The bin we had been shownContinue reading “Make Love, Not War”

Robin Hood Theatre

Jackie drove me to and from New Milton station today, in order for me to travel to Waterloo to lunch with Carol. The Hampshire station itself is impeccably kept, but the garden attached to the railway buildings has seen better days. It now boasts a collection of discarded supermarket trolleys, burst wooden planters, and theContinue reading “Robin Hood Theatre”