Not For The Birds

This was a day of wind, rain, colder temperatures, coats, and central heating. A bit like Dunedin’s winter. During a brief period of lessening rain Jackie continued her work on securing sweet peas and other climbing plants; rehanging baskets; and setting other planters back on their perches. Here are some of the finished projects. TheContinue reading “Not For The Birds”

Late Summer Flowering

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 I began the day with a walk round the garden with the camera. Jackie joined me to ensure that I did not miss any of herContinue reading “Late Summer Flowering”

The Latest Project

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning Aaron removed another shrub superfluous to requirements in order to make room for a larger than planned base for the West Bed bench. Jackie and I drove off to B & Q at Christchurch for six more bags of sand. Aaron spent the rest ofContinue reading “The Latest Project”

Checking Out The Venue

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Late this morning sunlight burst onto the canna lily given to us by Helen Keenan. The garden beyond was alive with the buzzing of bees and fluttering butterflies like this Small White three quarters of the way up the lines of a hanging basket or this CommaContinue reading “Checking Out The Venue”

The Great Escape

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED With the return of the sunshine I carried out a little more tidying in the garden, especially dead-heading of roses, including Absolutely Fabulous, Crown Princess Margareta, and a pink climber recovered by Elizabeth. This wisteria occupied the Kitchen Bed when we arrived three years ago. Despite theContinue reading “The Great Escape”

Away From Its Natural Environment

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. It was a bit early in the morning to be presented with a Rorschach test, but that is what Jackie spotted in this morning’s sunlight. The cosmos and lobelia planting in the iron urnĀ obscures theĀ gazebo path. Ginger lilies are now in bloom. After the early burst ofContinue reading “Away From Its Natural Environment”

After The Rain 1

SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read to the end if you are watching the rugby recorded. This morning Jackie weeded and planted chrysanthemums in the front garden, whilst I dug out the remaining roots of the ficus in preparation for planting the pansies. In the event, a heavy thunderstorm ruled out putting the pansies to bed. TheyContinue reading “After The Rain 1”

A New Granddaughter

Yesterday evening Tess gave birth to an, as yet, unnamed baby girl. All is well, and she is a second shared grandchild for Jackie and me. Ever the cryptic wit, Mat, when giving Becky the news, said ‘Mum’s got 2, Dad’s got 7’. He left her to provide the solution: ‘a girl’. My other twoContinue reading “A New Granddaughter”


In the shelter of the pergola this morning, a large fat spider was tucking into a breakfast that should last a fortnight. A new clematis and what we think are ginger lilies have now come into bloom. Leaving Flo to await the arrival of Becky and Ian who have come back for the night, weContinue reading “Sails”