A Variation On “Where’s Nugget?”

While I was drafting yesterday’s post Jackie nipped into the garden for a matter of minutes to take photographic advantage of the last rays of the setting sun.¬†From this end of the Back Drive (take note of the larch beyond the compost bins on the right) she focussed on the Virginia creeper and accompanying JapaneseContinue reading “A Variation On “Where’s Nugget?””

Soil Replenishment

So often when Jackie pops out for a spell of planting she spends all day, first diverting herself with bed clearance and soil replenishment. This is what happened today, especially as the weather was mild and sunny. The New Bed has become rather full lately, so to plant new bulbs required the process outlined above.Continue reading “Soil Replenishment”

Flying Gulls

Last night I watched the recorded rugby World Cup match between Japan and Samoa; this morning those between New Zealand and Namibia, and between France and Tonga. I then photographed some examples of our nasturtiums, blooming until the first frost; our generous begonias; our varied dahlias; our honesty seed pod medallions; our hardier clematises suchContinue reading “Flying Gulls”

Estate Agency

Today I watched recordings of the Rugby World Cup matches between Georgia and Uruguay, and between Wales and Australia. Taking breaks from these matches I made crops of Jackie’s photographs, and took the nesting box one myself. It is so good to employ a most competent Assistant Photographer. Jackie carried out planting, mostly in theContinue reading “Estate Agency”

Almost Too Quick

Heavy rain this morning gave way to bright, sunny, spells; in one of which I photographed some raindrops on roses, dahlia Puerto Rico, a begonia, a pelargonium, fuchias, and penstemons. Japanese anemones had managed to stay dry. It didn’t take Nugget long to join in, and he was almost too quick for “Where’s Nugget?” (29)Continue reading “Almost Too Quick”

Hide And Seek

Nugget was singing outside the stable door this morning at 6 a.m. I stepped out early to take advantage of the bright morning light. Jackie tells me that our little robin was perched on top of this kniphofia yesterday evening for quite some time, chirping away. Other images are entitled in the gallery. Here areContinue reading “Hide And Seek”

Decidedly Not Smart

A number of terra cotta and yellow kniphofias have self-seeded at various places in the garden and have recently chosen to bloom rather late. These are in the Kitchen Bed, accompanied by hibiscus, petunias, Japanese anemones and fennel. This begonia and the pelargonium are recovering from near death with the benefit of Jackie’s tender care.Continue reading “Decidedly Not Smart”

Bembridge

Jackie rose early this morning and sat in a chair on the patio with a cup of instant coffee. In an instant Nugget was on a paving stone peering hopefully up at the rim of the cup. Now, “Where’s Nugget?” (16). Today’s weather was blustery and damp. The Test Match was delayed until after lunch.Continue reading “Bembridge”

Silent Companions

Today the light was dull; the weather warm and dry. This afternoon we visited Ferndene Farm shop to buy pork for tonight’s dinner. I joined a young lady happily photographing chickens on her phone. We had noticed that she had chosen a good vantage point. It was a matter of seconds before I discovered thatContinue reading “Silent Companions”

Nugget, You’ve Got Mail

This morning while Jackie applied herself to unearthing food for Nugget, I occupied myself with dead-heading roses. The two photographs above are a day’s relief for eyes which struggled with yesterday’s “Where’s Nugget?”. Hearing Jackie clearly speaking Avian I thought at first she had been addressing her little robin, but in fact it was “thoseContinue reading “Nugget, You’ve Got Mail”