Sylvan Ecology

This morning we shopped at Setley Ridge Garden Centre for a birthday present, and continued to Rhinefield Ornamental Drive where Jackie parked in Blackwater Car Park while I followed a group of younger walkers, who were soon out of sight, into the forest, which is strewn with arboreal detritus in various stages of contribution to theContinue reading “Sylvan Ecology”

The Birthday Cake Candle

Jackie took an early morning walk around the garden with her camera. First she produced general frosted garden scenes; then focussed on various similarly coated leaves; not forgetting Camellia blooms; or Nugget in his thermal vest. “Where’s Nugget?” (62) Late this afternoon we drove to Elizabeth’s house at Pilley where we joined her, Danni, AndyContinue reading “The Birthday Cake Candle”

Pannage Piglet Paddle

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT On a day balmy enough for pink roses, honeysuckle, and solanum to be blooming on the trellis in the front garden, and whatever this flower isContinue reading “Pannage Piglet Paddle”

Sussing Possible Rentals

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A CLUSTER TO ACCESS ENLARGED GALLERIES For much of the day, Jackie drove me and Flo around the forest, focussing on the location of a few flats she has found that might be suitable for her to rent. First on the itinerary was one over the antiques centre where ElizabethContinue reading “Sussing Possible Rentals”

Ice Art

CLICK ON GROUPED IMAGES TO ACCESS ENLARGED GALLERIES. With most of the rest of the country under snow, our little micro-climate had none, and was just minus two degrees when Jackie drove me out to the forest this morning. Around Wootton and Wilverley Plain, the terrain and its pools felt freezing frosty fingers; frigid fernsContinue reading “Ice Art”

Making It Through The Winter

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Once the heavy overnight frost fringing these heuchera leaves had thawed, the garden was warmed by the sun which was low enough to light lily leaves and grasses, while pearly jewels dripped from naked and semi-clad twigs, and lingeringContinue reading “Making It Through The Winter”

A Touch Of Frost

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Early this crisp and bright morning I walked around our sub-zero garden. Except for this sheltered petunia, all the plants were now frost damaged; December haze hovered over the paths; wood and metal harboured the white precipitation; and the patio tableContinue reading “A Touch Of Frost”

Boldre Bridge

CLICK ON THE CLUSTERED GALLERY IMAGES TO ACCESS THEIR LARGER FORMAT SLIDESHOW. At 16 degrees, our incredibly mild period continues. It was therefore strange today to begin the winter clearing whilst we continue to enjoy blooms from spring and summer. We did so in rather desultory fashion. It is difficult to think of winter whenContinue reading “Boldre Bridge”

How Did Pacific Pete Gatecrash?

On a dull, drizzly, day, I scanned the rest of the rediscovered negatives from December 2003. Therein lay the mystery. Yesterday, I had put pictures of snow in Sherwood Forest into my iMac. Today, I began with frost on leaves in our garden at Lindum House in Newark. Every morning, at 6.30 a.m. or thereabouts,Continue reading “How Did Pacific Pete Gatecrash?”