View From The Pillbox

The briefest glimpse of the weak sun effecting a halo on the silhouetted lonely pigeon in the copper beech that Jackie photographed this morning was its only appearance on this otherwise grimly dismal day. She had left the house from the stable door in order to sweep beneath the wisteria arbour. Nugget, immediately perching onContinue reading “View From The Pillbox”

Marl Pits

On another bright, chill, morning we sought Christmas presents at Old Milton, where the pavement display outside Serendipity offered an embarrassment of fantastic figures which we managed to resist. Our next venue was Lymington High Street where a well stocked toyshop encouraged visitors; and Santa displayed the skills of Friends hairdressers. When parking at theContinue reading “Marl Pits”

Out Of Its Element

I began the day with a dead-heading session in the garden. The mystery of yesterday’s lost clematis was solved on this less sunny morning. Today there was no bright backlighting fooling us with the strong red hues, and even giving a green hue to the Gothic arch. The plant is in fact Star of India.Continue reading “Out Of Its Element”

Lacking A Certain Ambience

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Aaron needed a few more boards for the front of his compost bins. I therefore accompanied him this morning to Mole Country Stores (known as Scats because that is what they used to be) to buy them. These make removable slats for ease of accessing the matureContinue reading “Lacking A Certain Ambience”

“That’s What Having A Horrible Daughter is Like”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. We spent the morning on garden maintenance tasks. Jackie, with minimal assistance from me, retrained the Wedding Day rose on the Agriframes arch. We then reversed the process in that The Head Gardener weeded a route through to the red Japanese maple that was looking very poorly, ifContinue reading ““That’s What Having A Horrible Daughter is Like””

Overwintering At Lepe

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THE SMALLER GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES. Late this morning Jackie drove us to Lepe where we enjoyed a brunch in the cafe by the beach. Gulls scavenged among the pebbles and the seaweed that proved there is a stronger wet smell than that of damp dog. You see, the seaweed aromaContinue reading “Overwintering At Lepe”

To Brighten A Dull Day

On this dull, overcast, day, Aaron and Robin made considerable headway on weeding the gravel paths. Certain alliums that self seed everywhere, when wrenched from the paths, fill the air with the smell of onions, nowhere near as appetising as when they are being fried. Jackie did some planting in the front garden. This afternoonContinue reading “To Brighten A Dull Day”

Before And After: From Compost Heap to New Bed

This morning we both tidied up after yesterday’s work on the Cryptomeria Bed. Jackie also did some planting, and completed her access stepping stones in the front garden with stones dug up yesterday. My iMac was upgraded yesterday to the latest operating system, rejoicing in the name of El Capitain. One of the improvements was saidContinue reading “Before And After: From Compost Heap to New Bed”

Kind Of Blue

Aaron brought a friend to help today so he could finish by lunchtime. They sawed up the wood pile, then replanted a clump of grass roots which had been removed from the back drive some weeks ago, and, despite attempts to burn it, had refused to die. I understand that the Australian eucalyptus needs the heatContinue reading “Kind Of Blue”

Relocation

This morning I added three informative Facebook link comments, one from Becky, one from Lesley O’Neill, and one from Jackie herself, to yesterday’s post. Some of you will remember the nomadic mice from Christmas. Having joined the suffragette mousement, they have now taken up a position on the sitting room window sill. Albeit out of focusContinue reading “Relocation”