Working From Home

On an even hotter day we began gardening very early, partly because our septic tank was emptied soon after 7.00 a.m. Our shared task was dead-heading. I carried a camera with me. I have noticed that butterflies like to bask on paving or gravel. Can you spot this Red Admiral? We now have quite aContinue reading “Working From Home”

The Wisdom Of The Owl

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Two days ago views along the kitchen window and bed opposite featured a sawn tree trunk at the far end. Here Aaron is with the last of the stump he further sawed and removed. As usual, I printed him an A4 copy for his collection. This hasContinue reading “The Wisdom Of The Owl”

A Dust Bath

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This is the second of my 7 day nature series on Facebook. It appeared originally in https://derrickjknight.com/2014/04/29/a-fascinating-collage/ When we paid for Country Girl last week, Jackie also bought one of her favoured wrought iron candle holders for use as a planter. It has a screw fitted to adjust theContinue reading “A Dust Bath”

Before And After: The Oval Path And Elizabeth’s Bed

It was June 2014 by the time we began to tackle the southern end of the garden between what is now the rose garden and the back drive. We began with the Oval Path and made a start on Elizabeth’s bed. This is what confronted us on 5th June. We thought there must be a path inContinue reading “Before And After: The Oval Path And Elizabeth’s Bed”

Before And After: Through To The Front

Although much better than I had been a couple of days ago, I was pretty washed out today, and spent much of it on the sofa. Having, in the interests of producing something half-way reasonable, deferred setting out on this post until 6.00 p.m., I was unable to Access WordPress. I am not normally askedContinue reading “Before And After: Through To The Front”

Before And After: The Back Drive

A good part of the day, until I set the incinerator going at 4 p.m., was spent in selecting and printing the next section of the garden development album. If there was any task more daunting than anything else in the Old Post House garden, it was the back drive. This is what it lookedContinue reading “Before And After: The Back Drive”

Cream Tea Crawl

On 15th September, Ron’s parents will have been married for 70 years. This morning, he brought me their wedding album, from which he has given me the honour of making some prints for a commemorative book he is compiling. So keen was I to show him how I would go about it that I scanned oneContinue reading “Cream Tea Crawl”

Over The Top

Once Jackie had finished her recent clearing job in the bed on what was originally ‘the shady path’, the very wobbly line of the edging tiles so upset my sensibilities that today I reset them into a more pleasing curve with suitably concentric parallels. This required a little more gravel in the sections where I had movedContinue reading “Over The Top”

The Day Of The Triffids

Yesterday evening, the head gardener put me right on red hot pokers. As she read my post for that day she pointed out that the plants I had erroneously given this term are actually Lords and Ladies, which are the berries of an insignificant variety of arum lily. We have both emerging in the garden. I think IContinue reading “The Day Of The Triffids”

Does Anyone Recognise This?

The two young heroines of The Three Peaks Challenge, each posted on Facebook today that they were unable to move. I think they have earned a fortnight’s pampering. A surprise visit from Matthew this morning gave me a good excuse to potter about and wander round the garden whilst Jackie undertook some more serious weeding.Continue reading “Does Anyone Recognise This?”