A Paint Job

This morning, before dawn’s light had penetrated neighbouring trees, I photographed the wakening garden from above. Aurora first fingered the wisteria; the crab apple and the Amanogawa blossoms.     Aaron of A.P. Maintenance gave the shed two coats of paint, then drank a mug of tea while, at a suitable distance, I admired hisContinue reading “A Paint Job”

Versatility

During the power cut yesterday evening I finished reading being the fourth of Anthony Trollope’s Barsetshire novels. I have to say I found this one rather ponderous in its political and philosophical passages, giving the impression that the periodical pattern of its publication promoted such prolixity. Trollope’s familiar themes of love, marriage, and matriarchal machinations;Continue reading “Versatility”

“Some Wet Things”

Throughout the day the promised rain fell steadily. Early this evening we experienced a power cut for a couple of hours. The meat was in the oven; nothing worked; because of lockdown no alternative eating establishments were open; I had not prepared a post. Fortunately the Culinary Queen had stocked up yesterday on salads andContinue reading ““Some Wet Things””

The Head Gardener’s Photoshoot

We had fun this morning helping Louisa – on the telephone, of course – to provide clues for an Easter Egg Hunt for Jessica and Imogen. Jackie came up with one of the best: ‘Toying with this clue will shed light on the answer’ would lead them to the toy shed in the garden. BecauseContinue reading “The Head Gardener’s Photoshoot”

In The Night Garden

Following the call of the moon last night Jackie took her camera into the garden to photograph its light; she moved on to sculptures Florence and her Owl She worked on the garden during the day, beginning with lining up tubs of tulips on the patio, showing ¬†those in the process of uncurling alongside earlierContinue reading “In The Night Garden”

Under The Weather

Not having yet experienced frost, the nasturtiums still climb the garage door trellis. The crab apple trees are losing their leaves, revealing their fruit, still eschewed by blackbirds not yet hungry enough to eat them. The sun was so weak this morning as to be imperceptible in these photographs of the garden views in whichContinue reading “Under The Weather”

A Little Autumn Colour

For the last couple of days marauding rooks have raided Nugget’s robin feeder, ripped it off the Japanese maple, and robbed him of his food. Jackie has baffled the thieves with a pair of hanging basket frames. In contrast to yesterday’s dismal weather, today was clear, bright, and cold, taking every opportunity to display aContinue reading “A Little Autumn Colour”

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?””

The First Foal

We took an early morning trip into the forest today. A favourite route takes us through Holmesley Passage which links the A35 with the Burley Road. Each time we drive along this slender, serpentine, disintegrating rat run we wonder if it will be our last – so rapidly is the tarmac crumbling. Nevertheless, the landscapesContinue reading “The First Foal”

Our Joint One Good Knee

Last night I watched a recording of Saturday’s breathtaking rugby match between Wales and South Africa; after lunch today the soporific contest between Scotland and Argentina. Bright sunshine had taken me into the rather cold garden this morning. Winter pansies and trailing ivy adorn hanging baskets on the sitting room walls. Geraniums and Japanese maplesContinue reading “Our Joint One Good Knee”