“Turncoat”

The air this morning when we set about further post-storm garden recovery work hung humid and eerily still. Concentrating on the patio area and the sweet peas corner of the kitchen wall, Jackie trimmed the Lathyrus odoratus and extricated the strangled tomato plant. From less than polite expressions of intense disappointment yesterday when discovering brokenContinue reading ““Turncoat””

Watering And Planting

Yesterday evening we met Becky and Ian at the Darbar restaurant in Emsworth. This was an excellent venue for our dinner. Inspired by the food of the Moguls the meals were quite unusual with aromatic spice blends; the service was friendly, tactful, and efficient. Jackie’s choice of main course was paneer shashlik; mine was goatContinue reading “Watering And Planting”

Fruits Of Labour

I am close to deciding on my final cut for the Everton Festival Photographic Competition. Many painful decisions are being made now, concerning which shots to leave out. In order seriously to consider the deer having her nose scratched I have converted this image to Black and White, thus giving a sharper silhouette. This is,Continue reading “Fruits Of Labour”

Opulence

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Once more, today was scorchingly hot. Apart from gentle tidying up, watering was the order of the day. The hose in this garden view was trained on the Rose Garden, where pink foxgloves, golden heucheras, and blue clematises romp among roses like the yellow Laura Ford, andContinue reading “Opulence”

Various Stages Of Life

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED The experts on the antiques programme Bargain Hunt, which we generally watch at lunchtime, tell us that silver items should not be polished, for that activity eventually obliterates the hallmarks. Many antique book dealers also believe that uncut book pages should be left in their pristineContinue reading “Various Stages Of Life”

Kingston Connections

AS USUAL, IMAGES MAY BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING ON THEM. REPEAT IF NECESSARY. Given to me by Barrie earlier in the year, Neil Grant’s book ‘Village London Past & Present’, which I just finished reading, was a perfect adjunct to David Lawrence’s ‘Bright Open Spaces’. The author’s style is both informative and entertaining, and theContinue reading “Kingston Connections”

The Name Of The Rose

Substituting scissors for secateurs, the Head Gardener began the day by cutting my hair. We settled the dispute about how long ago she last performed this pruning, by referring to our customary aide-memoire – this blog. It was 14th March. There were no pestiferous flies to eradicate. It seemed only fair for me to cut theContinue reading “The Name Of The Rose”