Fauna And Flora

This morning I watched the recorded Rugby World Cup quarter final match between England and Australia. After lunch Jackie drove us into the forest where most of the free ranging animals were on display. Donkeys with a foal basked in the sunshine at Bramshaw, where another wandered up a lane towards the green occupied byContinue reading “Fauna And Flora”

Nearly November? Never!

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER ENLARGEMENT MAY BE OBTAINED WITH A CLICK OR TWO After early morning rain we enjoyed intermittent sunshine. A wander around the garden produced much evidenceContinue reading “Nearly November? Never!”

Shadows On The Paper

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A CLUSTER TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. THE TWO SINGLE PIECES OF ARTWORK CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. When our friend John Jones visited to paint and draw in ourContinue reading “Shadows On The Paper”

Seeking Camouflage

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The sun has returned after several days’ absence. I wandered around the garden with a camera. These photographs reflect the current conditions in our plot. Hibiscuses are now in full bloom. This one is at the front; as is this yellow climbing nasturtium sharing the garage frontageContinue reading “Seeking Camouflage”

The Lady Of Shalott

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENHANCE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning I made this crop of a photograph taken at Burley in May, and Jackie turned it into a birthday card for Bill, whose party we were to attend later. Among the various tasks carried out by Aaron was heavily pruning a spent philadelphus. Bending theContinue reading “The Lady Of Shalott”

A Trio Of Flamenco Dresses

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Watering and dead heading were the orders of the garden today. For the first time, I availed myself of the Head Gardener’s dead heading trolley. This is basically an adapted IKEA sack barrow. The slot for secateurs has been obscured by the contents of the bucket ofContinue reading “A Trio Of Flamenco Dresses”

A Garden Of Delights

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Watching the suspended petal of a Japanese anemone this morning set me musing. First I considered the strength of the thread that grasped it. As the flower part spun and twisted in the breeze, its captor clung on, just as it would with a fly’s frantically thrashing death throes. OnContinue reading “A Garden Of Delights”

Fair Comment

Becky is producing a power-point training presentation for Mitcham’s Commonside Trust. Trawling through the web for suitable images she found one that was ideal for the point she wished to make. She was unaware of the picture’s provenance. Upon attempting to use it, she found it too large for her purposes. She returned to findContinue reading “Fair Comment”

The White Garden

Hunting through our house purchase documents for some clarity about responsibility for the huge amount of fencing in various stages of health that borders our property, I was unsuccessful in that, but I did discover the names of the houses in our little hamlet. We are one of four on our side of Downton Lane.Continue reading “The White Garden”

Flo’s Frog

Soon after midday Jackie and I drove to New Milton to collect our friend Sheila who has joined the family group. After lunch, Jackie, Flo, Sheila, and I went on a hunt for Becky, Ian, and Scooby, who had gone ‘to the beach’. They were not at Milford on Sea. They were not at BartonContinue reading “Flo’s Frog”