Silhouettes

It is not that unusual for readers seeking contacts or history to stumble across this blog and, through comments, to ask me for information. Yesterday there were two. One man sought a contact with Trinity (Battersea) now Trinity (Oxley) Cricket Club. I, and two others responded. A second person, a woman, wondered whether Jackie’s sister, Helen, wasContinue reading “Silhouettes”

Durmast House Gardens

Those of you who have followed the movement of Jackie’s mice will be interested to learn that one has now left the windowsill and mounted our Easter decoration, no doubt hoping to feed on the eggs of varying sizes suspended from a painted twig Jackie has placed in Becky’s vase. When their gardens are opened by membersContinue reading “Durmast House Gardens”

A Time Check

We all like a camomile lawn. In the right place. What is not so attractive is an onion lawn in the wrong place. Jackie has been working her way along our paths eradicating smelly alliums self-seeded and creating such a carpet. With their heady aroma permeating my nostrils, I took a hoe to a sectionContinue reading “A Time Check”

The Bees Are Out

Propped up by my walking stick, I managed to make my way through the garden and a hundred yards or so down Downton Lane this morning. The Royal Oak pub car park had a look of spring about it. Catkins swayed in the breeze. A pair of doves, which we think must be the parents ofContinue reading “The Bees Are Out”

Back In Time For Bargain Hunt

We now have quite a variety of daffodils in the garden. Here are some new ones: Once they start turning an attractive ochre colour, the camellias develop an additional beauty. Numerous different pansies, some newly planted, some having prospered through the winter, enjoyed a warm, sunny day. Hyacinths are really indoor plants, but it is alwaysContinue reading “Back In Time For Bargain Hunt”

An Opened Garden

Yesterday Jackie carried out some further heavy pruning and clearance in the shrubbery at the front of the house. This meant that before I could continue with the path, I needed to cart several barrow loads of branches and dead plants to the far end of the garden. Well, she is the head gardener, andContinue reading “An Opened Garden”

Hoisted By My Own Petard

This morning, whilst Jackie continued with her planting, tidying, and extensive garden maintenance, I carried out some more work on refining the gravel path in the front garden. This involved marking out a line, digging up and either moving or rejecting stray plants, and  replacing some rocks and concrete that line the side nearest theContinue reading “Hoisted By My Own Petard”

Spring According To Susan Hill

This morning I ambled gingerly down to the Shorefield post box and back. My right knee remains sharply painful. Perhaps I am stuck with it. A few sturdy daffodils, such as this one alongside snowdrops, cyclamen, hellebores, and pulmonaria in the shady bed, swayed bravely in the strong breeze blowing through our garden. Our several varietiesContinue reading “Spring According To Susan Hill”

I Couldn’t Shoot The Pheasant

This is today’s second post, because I jumped the gun and fired off the first too early. In order to clear the area for Aaron to finish his work on the back drive, I had a bonfire this afternoon. At one point, walking back to the house, past snowdrops, hellebores, and other early flowers, aContinue reading “I Couldn’t Shoot The Pheasant”

Portrait Of A Village

A sprinkling of rain refreshed us as we wandered round the garden this morning, discovering everywhere a fine varied crop of hellebores in full bloom. This afternoon Jackie had a coffee date with Helen. Although the high temperature in Milford on Sea was only forecast to reach 3 to 4 degrees, we were to expectContinue reading “Portrait Of A Village”