Antipodean Visitors

Warm sunshine was the order of the day. Jackie spent much time in shade tending to potted plants, many of which have survived the winter but needed shaves and haircuts. She has suspended some of these from the lopped cypress. My contribution to the general maintenance was a little watering, weeding, and transporting debris toContinue reading “Antipodean Visitors”

Down The Back Drive

By e-mail this morning I received from my Australian friend, Gwen Wilson, a copy of a 1939 register of the residents of Shaftesbury Rd, Carshalton. This was the location of the VE Day Street Party featured in my post, “Holly”. I have added it to the post. Later, Malachi initiated a FaceTime conversation. Schools inContinue reading “Down The Back Drive”

Gracing The Back Drive

The weather today was overcast and cold, but mostly dry. A wander round the garden seemed to be in order. The upstairs windows gave me a new perspective in which the rescued red Japanese maple gapes in awe across and above to the majestic copper beech; I could look down on the gazebo clematis; andContinue reading “Gracing The Back Drive”

Ferns Unfurling

This afternoon Jackie drove me to Sears Barbers at Milford on Sea, where Peter cut my hair. We continued into the forest. This lane is one we traversed at North Ripley. From high ground near Linford we admired landscapes over farmland. Horses may be seen in some, and a stretch of hawthorn in another. TheContinue reading “Ferns Unfurling”

Rewards

Snatching half an hour of occasional sunshine before the expected gloom set in for the day, I wandered around the garden with my camera. Two retrained pink climbing roses are in bloom along the front garden trellis. We have masses of geraniums palmatum. Jackie took cuttings last year, and distributed some in the front, whereContinue reading “Rewards”

Gold Blends

SHOULD YOU WISH, CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM, REPEATING IF NECESSARY. Jackie did a great deal of tidying and planting today whilst I carried out a little of the latter. We suspected that once the landscape bark in the rose garden began to attract live bird food we would need to sweep the brickContinue reading “Gold Blends”

A Marvellous Achievement

The passion flower rescued recently is now blooming. Early this morning we learned that the intrepid trio attempting the Three Peaks Challenge were, having completed Scafell Pike in three and a half hours, doing well. Louisa has sent some stunning photographs. Signs of excited tiredness are evident at the summit, but when you think they hadContinue reading “A Marvellous Achievement”

Owling With Attitude

The blackbird still sits on her nest. Peering through shrubs at a safe distance, sometimes her bright little eyes are visible to the viewer, sometimes her upturned tail. Today’s task for me was to clear one bed of brambles and other unwelcome growth. Simple enough for a day’s work. I thought. In fact the wildContinue reading “Owling With Attitude”

A Rude Awakening

We have packed the long life milk, so it fell to my lot, this bright morning, to walk down to the village shop to buy some more. I returned via the church path, The Splash, and Furzey Gardens. Burgeoning spring has come to Castle Malwood Lodge garden, with its flowering cherries and its shrubs; toContinue reading “A Rude Awakening”

Itching To Be Off

The lower lawns at Castle Malwood Lodge have the appearance of scuffed up snooker table beize laid on a rocky outcrop.  A game of bowls on the surface would be impossible; a game of croquet interesting.  The rabbits, therefore, who attempted to burrow into it overnight were undoubtedly disappointed. The only aim I had inContinue reading “Itching To Be Off”