A Bottle Of Rum

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY Today I scanned another batch of negatives from the long walk of July 2003. I have managed to become slightly out of sequence, but who cares? I never had much idea of where I was, anyway. The first few were images from theContinue reading “A Bottle Of Rum”

Evil Little Weevils

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN PAIRS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE AFTER SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. Yesterday afternoon our peace was disturbed by a clattering and scratching emanating from the wall behind a radiator in the TV half of the sitting room. We used toContinue reading “Evil Little Weevils”

From Autumn Leaves to Snowdrops

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. Bill Edney had the unenviable task of getting those of us schoolboys at Wimbledon College who could not manage Latin through ‘O’ Level Geography after several terms without a teacher. Today I remembered a different anecdote from that told in the link highlighted above. Sheep, I know do not like long,Continue reading “From Autumn Leaves to Snowdrops”

A Touch Of Frost

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Early this crisp and bright morning I walked around our sub-zero garden. Except for this sheltered petunia, all the plants were now frost damaged; December haze hovered over the paths; wood and metal harboured the white precipitation; and the patio tableContinue reading “A Touch Of Frost”

Can It Be Mid-October?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The lingering virus from which we have now recovered has really rather reduced gardening for a month. Today, I wandered around on a survey mission, and was pleasantly impressed. The grass could do with cutting, but there is also colour in abundance. Dahlias we would expect; and chrysanthemums; butContinue reading “Can It Be Mid-October?”

Bread And Cards

My contribution to garden maintenance this morning was to mow the patch of grass and to assist in the edge-trimming. Later, Jackie continued with general planting and weeding. She chose not to disturb the trio of white doves nesting among glorious fallen camellia blooms. Margery and Paul paid a visit, joined us for lunch, andContinue reading “Bread And Cards”

Spring In Sight

Today began our first serious joint preparation for 2016 garden work. This view of the Heligan Path shows early spring flowers sharing billets with hellebores. Wherever we look there are snowdrops in profusion; many different daffodils; a variety of crocuses; and even a proud pink hyacinth. Taking the occasional rest on the Heligan Path bench,Continue reading “Spring In Sight”

Before And After: The Gazebo Path

One of the more urgent tasks when we first arrived at Old Post House was cutting the grass. This was carried out on 16th May 2014. Beyond the eucalyptus runs the main central gravel path from the urn circle to five ways. We have created some confusion in the title applied to this thoroughfare. InContinue reading “Before And After: The Gazebo Path”

A Bright Moment

In more ways than one, this was a dull day. I spent the morning completing work on my backlog of e-mails. One was from my excellent accountant, Philip Friede, BA, FCA, of Hatton Garden, asking for the usual documentation and financial information required for the completion of my annual tax return. I promised him that I wouldContinue reading “A Bright Moment”

The Rose Garden Bench

Two tall roses in the Oval Bed have responded so well to nurturing that they needed more stakes. This morning, after embedding stout wooden poles and tying up the plants, we moved back into the rose garden the bench I had built last year using the cast iron sides we had found in the makeshiftContinue reading “The Rose Garden Bench”