Dripping Rain

As, this morning, a skein of geese honked through clouds leaking liquid streams slithering down our roof tiles and window panes, I was reminded of goose dripping, spread on toast when we were small, and consequently of goose fat. (pictures are still missing from this earlier post, but that will not affect the story). ByContinue reading “Dripping Rain”

Wash Day

This morning, in order to show a positive aspect of the hot weather, Jackie photographed Wash Day at Downton. She then cut my hair. After lunch I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/08/07/a-knights-tale-147-ten-hours-at-the-wheel/ Later, I carried out a dead-heading session and photographed a few flowers which bear their titles in the gallery. Bees were quite busy, although the firstContinue reading “Wash Day”

Bees And Other Insects

On the afternoon of this decidedly sultry summer’s day I cleared up the Head Gardener’s debris from the morning, then followed insects around with my camera. Small White butterflies sought camouflage among Erigeron and rented verbena bonariensis accommodation from bees and flies which tested the strength of the Erigeron. A bluebottle clung to hebe leaves.Continue reading “Bees And Other Insects”

“It Tells So Many Stories”

My early morning walk to open the back gate for Aaron displayed various beds, yucca, evening primroses, Welsh poppies, petunias, hollyhocks, a bee using a bidens as a trapeze, phlox, agapanthus, gaura, a Large White butterfly on a verbena bonariensis, and lilies in the Rose Garden. As usual the individual images are labelled in theContinue reading ““It Tells So Many Stories””

Cleared For Landing

Today the wind had dropped to “a fresh breeze” with sunny spells. We each enjoyed several sessions of gardening. Mine concentrated on dead-heading and clearing to compost. Naturally I carried my camera, photographing the reds and pinks of petunias, pelargoniums, hollyhocks; and roses Compassion, Open Arms, and that we call peach beside the patio. TheContinue reading “Cleared For Landing”

A Fine Set Of Choppers

‘A Short Walk from Harrods’ is the fifth volume of Dirk Bogarde’s autobiography, and, to my mind, the best. I finished reading it last night, and would have been saddened had I not had one more to come. This work deals in more depth and detail with material that has been featured in earlier books,Continue reading “A Fine Set Of Choppers”

Variations On A Game

Today winds were fresh; rain was absent; and the temperatures were cool. The verbena bonarensis attracted butterflies like this Comma; and this Small White, examples of which flitted everywhere, seeming to use white blooms as camouflage. Can you spot any one of these which will benefit from enlargement on accessing their gallery with a click?Continue reading “Variations On A Game”

Sunburst

I wandered around the garden late this afternoon, pointing the camera almost at random. Here are the results. Don’t miss a couple of bees. The Puerto Rico dahlia provided a sympathetic sunburst. As usual, galleries will provide titles. This evening we dined at The Wheel Inn at Bowling Green. We both enjoyed tempura prawns andContinue reading “Sunburst”

An Increase In Numbers

For much of the day, apart from when Margery and Paul visited this afternoon, I listened to the men’s Cricket World Cup semi-final between England and Australia. We enjoyed our usual stimulating conversation with this mother and son. Margery’s Bed is named after our friend who, a year or two ago, gave us some redContinue reading “An Increase In Numbers”

Samuel Beckett Defaced

Knowing we were in for heavy rain this afternoon, Jackie ventured out on this drizzly morning to tackle the storm damage. The idea was that she would free what she could from the entanglements of the fallen tree, then call me to lift it. She seemed to be taking quite a long time, so IContinue reading “Samuel Beckett Defaced”