Happier Behind The Camera

I was grateful today for the overnight thunderstorm and for Jackie’s watering the parts it couldn’t reach early this morning before she and Shelly drove to Helen’s to offer sisterly assistance. This meant I could concentrate on the dead-heading necessitated by the storm’s stripping of many petals. After more than an hour I retreated indoorsContinue reading “Happier Behind The Camera”

A Harsh Day’s Light

CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL EXAMPLES OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT One consequence of the long, hot, cloudless, days we are currently enduring is the difficulty of photographing flowers. Today, I tracked the skies in order to avoidContinue reading “A Harsh Day’s Light”

No-one Will Buy Any Ice Cream Today

CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP WILL ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK Today the Met Office threatened us with continuous steady rain. It didn’t come. We were also promisedContinue reading “No-one Will Buy Any Ice Cream Today”

Checking Out The Venue

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Late this morning sunlight burst onto the canna lily given to us by Helen Keenan. The garden beyond was alive with the buzzing of bees and fluttering butterflies like this Small White three quarters of the way up the lines of a hanging basket or this CommaContinue reading “Checking Out The Venue”

Is This The Beast?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Yesterday evening, whilst having drinks on the patio, a steady chugging overhead made me feel rather queasy. It took me back to Cumbria in the 1990s.  As we were promised several hours of rain this afternoon, Jackie spent the morning watering the garden, and I took someContinue reading “Is This The Beast?”

She Powdered Her Face

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today’s weather would have blessed any Summer’s day. It was warm and sunny, and Jackie and I raised a sweat as we continued weeding, planting, and lopping. I use ‘we’ loosely. I mainly tidied up after the real work. We transported the two full orange bags of cuttings toContinue reading “She Powdered Her Face”

Our Industrial Past

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. I forgot to mention yesterday that when I returned home I found that my cheque from Laithwaite’s had been delivered. The Félicité Perpétue rose in the front garden has been sending thorny tentacles across the drive. This morning I restrained them with green wire. Alongside the marguerites that accompanyContinue reading “Our Industrial Past”