Trapeze

For the last few days we had experienced a cold North East wind. Today was much warmer, and sunnier than we had expected. Jackie photographed the weather vane showing the shift to South West. She spent much of the day working in the garden where she gathered images of perky pansies in different containers; closeContinue reading “Trapeze”

‘In Jackie’s Garden’

Early this morning sparrows so dominated the seed feeder that one of their own needed to wait its turn while perched in the winter flowering cherry. A long tailed tit joined blue tits tucking into the suet balls. Soon after 11 we left Aaron to his work in the garden and drove to The FirstContinue reading “‘In Jackie’s Garden’”

Lost In Clerkenwell

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE GROUP TO ACCESS GALLERY THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. STREETS OF LONDON PICTURES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK As I sat at my computer this morning, a pair of long tailed tits attempted repeatedly to penetrate the doubleContinue reading “Lost In Clerkenwell”

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”

A Day In The Life Of A Tulip

Our own cowslips are now rivalling those in Downton Lane, and in parts are tall enough to force their way through the not yet flowering geraniums. The long-pile erigeron welcome mat outside the patio doors is beginning to reveal its woven floral motif. We also have more tulips opened out. In the daytime that is.Continue reading “A Day In The Life Of A Tulip”

The Car Wreck

This morning I scanned a dozen more slides taken at Amity Grove in September 1971. Unusually for my collection, this particular batch had suffered some deterioration, and even a bit of creasing despite being encased in plastic mounts. This resulted in streaks and blobs of blue pigmentation which required quite a lot of retouching. Through holes in theContinue reading “The Car Wreck”

The Photographic Model

With the aid of Dave Farrow’s ‘A Guide to the Garden Birds of Britain & Northern Europe’ we are trying to learn our birds.  This morning we think we identified a nuthatch; and great, coal, and long tailed tits; on the bird feeder.  There was also a robin, but we are fairly sure we canContinue reading “The Photographic Model”

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Birds on Jackie’s feeder are becoming braver.  Today we were able to watch, through the kitchen window, a blackbird, a robin, and a long-tailed tit.  It would probably be a good idea to clean the guano off the window before I take another photograph. I had less luck with  a woodpecker I heard at itsContinue reading “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”