Windburn

Today dawned dull and drizzle-wet. We ventured into the garden early – Jackie to inspect and, where possible, nullify the storm damage and I to empty refuse trugs then carry out some dead heading. Jackie had a chat with Nugget when he came to sample what she had dug up for him. He is ableContinue reading “Windburn”

Orlaigh And Her Rabbit – Er, Brother

Early this morning I received a FaceTime call from Malachi in Fremantle. Trying to keep up with an 11 year old who was playing Lexulous, chatting with both voice and text, and teaching me various applications simultaneously is testing indeed. All coming at a rate of knots, you understand. One application involved ‘effects’. These canContinue reading “Orlaigh And Her Rabbit – Er, Brother”

Cleaning Out The Frog Pond

Jackie spent most of this gloriously sunny and warm spring day working in the garden. In the front she photographed budding Amanogawa and crab apple blossom, and a row of different coloured cyclamens. I took tours before and after lunch, choosing to focus first on a variety of daffodils; these, alongside the Dead End Path,Continue reading “Cleaning Out The Frog Pond”

From The Greenhouse

Once again the weather today was bright, sunny, and cool. Nugget posted a brief tweet: “I’ve just dropped down to let all my fans know that I am very well and rather preoccupied at the moment. Sorry, Jackie, I can’t stop while you collect your camera.” While Jackie worked outside and, as in this picture,Continue reading “From The Greenhouse”

Lathyrus Latifolius Jewels

Such minimal bright light as we enjoyed today graced us early this morning. Thereafter our vision became more and more dingy. In order to provide me with as clear a view of the bird feeders as possible our friend from AP Maintenance cleaned our sand blasted windows. This is not the usual use of theContinue reading “Lathyrus Latifolius Jewels”

Gracing The Back Drive

The weather today was overcast and cold, but mostly dry. A wander round the garden seemed to be in order. The upstairs windows gave me a new perspective in which the rescued red Japanese maple gapes in awe across and above to the majestic copper beech; I could look down on the gazebo clematis; andContinue reading “Gracing The Back Drive”

A Year For Honesty

Today the weather was fairly gloomy. Early rain gave way to overcast clouds and oppressive warmth. Our own garden seemed the best venue. Bees, nevertheless, were busy plundering the amanogawa cherry now in full bloom. Tulips, which, until now have kept their collars tightly buttoned, are beginning to think about loosening their ties. Avian courtingContinue reading “A Year For Honesty”

A Surprise To Come

Beginning with the cherry trees at the front, I focussed on the garden this morning. A crafty sparrow uses this holly tree as a diversionary tactic en route to its nest around the corner. Despite the efforts of cumbersome pigeons and pelting hailstones, the pale pink winter flowering example has bloomed constantly since September; aContinue reading “A Surprise To Come”

Empress Of The Senses

Winds had subsided overnight and sunshine has returned. Another very strong storm is predicted for tomorrow. In the meantime the pink rose stays erect and the Japanese maple leaves cling to their moorings. This morning I finished reading: The front jacket shows the French icon of the demi-monde as a young woman. On the backContinue reading “Empress Of The Senses”

A False Sense Of Security

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Often other people’s posts, or their comments on mine, jog my memory for events that shouldContinue reading “A False Sense Of Security”