Negotiating The Levels

Today’s weather was dull, dry, and warm. This afternoon we ventured into the forest, finding ourselves in MacPenny’s Garden Centre where Jackie shopped for a climbing hydrangea and sat in the car with her puzzles while I wandered around the open garden. Offering free access all the year round with proceeds of donations dedicated toContinue reading “Negotiating The Levels”

Back To Sleep

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. At very brief intervals this morning the deceptive sun suggested it may brighten our day. We believe these little plants forcing their way between wet paving stones are chionodoxa. Just above them poppies are beginning to try their luck. Hairy little pulmonaria seem to tolerateContinue reading “Back To Sleep”

Exercising Choices

SINGLE PHOTOGRAPHS MAY BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ANY OF THOSE WITH COMPANIONS ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT I undertook some minimal tidying in the garden this morning. Here are a few photographs of how itContinue reading “Exercising Choices”

“A Lot Of Work For One Man”

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY, EACH OF WHICH CAN BE FURTHER ENHANCED BY CLICKING ON THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. THE TWO INDIVIDUAL PICTURES WILL ENLARGE BY CLICKING. This morning Jackie drove us out to MacPenny’s Garden Nursery at Bransgore, where we brunched at The Robin’s Nest. JackieContinue reading ““A Lot Of Work For One Man””

Thorns And Scratches

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY Jackie is making good headway on her Spring planting Two sarcococcas, small shrubs which already dispense amazing scents, have been tried out with temporary plonking in their pots; Other seeds, bulbs, and corms to come, are marked with packet labels; Our first daffodilContinue reading “Thorns And Scratches”

We’re Off Out

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. THE PAIR ACCESS A GALLERY THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Today we are travelling to Leatherhead for the annual Gilbert and Sullivan production of the Godalming Operatic Society directed by Jackie’s cousin Pat O’Connell. We intend to make our leisurely way there; join Helen, Bill, ShellyContinue reading “We’re Off Out”

A New Brother

IMAGES MAY BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING ON THEM. REPEAT IF NECESSARY Jackie, on an even duller day, continued her creative cultivation.  My contribution this morning was a raked redistribution of the now rather rutted gravel on the back drive. In doing so I gained even more appreciation of the efforts of Richard in shifting shingle from hisContinue reading “A New Brother”

New Arrivals

IMAGES MAY BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING ON THEM, TWICE IF NECESSARY This morning we all joined the other customers in the cafe. Poppy did actually eat most of what was on her plate. An hour or so later, Jackie and I set off back home, reaching there early in the afternoon. Aaron had moved aContinue reading “New Arrivals”

2Cellos

If we ever get a winter this year, I wonder how our iris Unguicularis, daffodils and pansies, hellebores, and camellias will fare. On an afternoon of steady rain, the mood was lifted by two elements. First, the sky cleared enough to give us a reasonable sunset. Then……….. Becky tuned in to YouTube and blew ourContinue reading “2Cellos”

A Precocious Hellebore

We are still enjoying temperatures in double figures, and the rain was easier today. This morning we left a large photographic print for mounting with 4Most Framing in Old Milton. We returned home via Barton on Sea where the waves were choppy and a layer of spray around the dimly visible Isle of Wight gaveContinue reading “A Precocious Hellebore”