Clay Hill

On this sunny and rather cold morning Nugget followed Aaron around the garden, darting for his prey. “Where’s Nugget?” (18). Small White butterflies multiply by the minute, sharing the verbena bonarensises with swarms of bees. I spent much of the day listening to the fourth Test Match between England and Australia. Late this afternoon weContinue reading “Clay Hill”

Nugget, You’ve Got Mail

This morning while Jackie applied herself to unearthing food for Nugget, I occupied myself with dead-heading roses. The two photographs above are a day’s relief for eyes which struggled with yesterday’s “Where’s Nugget?”. Hearing Jackie clearly speaking Avian I thought at first she had been addressing her little robin, but in fact it was “thoseContinue reading “Nugget, You’ve Got Mail”

On The Verges

Today Jackie drove us to Upper Dicker and back for Poppy’s fourth birthday party. This was a gathering of young families with children who enjoyed great fun in the heat of a splendidly sunny day in Mat and Tess’s garden. There were games galore; much tasty finger food; home made Danish pastries; and a splendidContinue reading “On The Verges”

Fly Masks

I didn’t think I could face the tension of listening to ball by ball broadcasting of the last day of the first Ashes Test match of 2019, so I suggested a trip out this morning and deferring cricket gratification until this evening’s highlights. Before leaving, Jackie photographed raindrops on spider’s webs and our porch planting.Continue reading “Fly Masks”

Trichologists Having Fun

The storm that raged through the night and most of the day had Jackie regretting the time she had spent watering the garden yesterday. By the afternoon the precipitation was beginning to be interrupted by periods of sunshine. After lunch it seemed to be the weather to buy a new tyre to replace the oneContinue reading “Trichologists Having Fun”

I Meet A Verderer

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN A GROUP WILL ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT   This afternoon, Jackie gathered together all the ingredients for her first ever fish pieContinue reading “I Meet A Verderer”

What Would You Have Seen?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED I don’t really remember dreams much, but last night I relived my childhood when everything became smaller as I grew older. In particular, walls I couldn’t scramble up to walk along suddenly became manageable. Was this anything to do with the fact that Jackie needs the workContinue reading “What Would You Have Seen?”

Careless Mother

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. A rare glimpse of the sun this morning reminded me that I had neglected to offer any photographs of the front garden in yesterday’s post. These are the flowers fronting the garage doors. I am sure that the Head Gardener would wish to have it pointed outContinue reading “Careless Mother”

Do Cattle Predict Rain?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. After much overnight rain, today was humid, overcast, and drizzly. It seemed a good morning to visit Kitchen Makers in Sway. The Culinary Queen has been managing with a less than ideal cooking area since we moved here three years ago. Of the two local outlets, thereContinue reading “Do Cattle Predict Rain?”