Gnomes Won’t Be Warned Off

While gardening this morning and photographing “Where’s Nugget?” (83), Jackie turned to admire her mushrooms and was amazed to find that warning off gnomes had been of no avail. This afternoon we jointly continued Jackie’s work on refurbishing the front garden. The Head Gardener weeded, pruned, and planted and I raked, swept, and added refuseContinue reading “Gnomes Won’t Be Warned Off”

“Not Much Room For Mushrooms”

Shortly after dawn this morning the sun, rising in the east, began to light the tips of the garden trees. These views from the back bedroom windows particularly highlight the sweet smelling cordyline Australis; the blossoming eucalyptus; the yellow bottle brush plant; the Wedding Day rose draped over the Agriframes Arch; and pink pelargoniums. FromContinue reading ““Not Much Room For Mushrooms””

“Three!?”

Needless to say, the BT e-mail problem that, four days ago, I had been promised would be resolved within 72 hours was not. I therefore spent an hour on the phone this morning, first with an advisor in Belfast, then with one in Cardiff. I won’t bore you with the details, save to say thatContinue reading ““Three!?””

Somewhat Disconcerting

Excessive rain interspersed with splendid sunlight spells was the order of the day. In the early gloom gluttonous sparrows from across the road commandeered the seed feeder. A later downpour dropped puddles on our paths. Bright sunshine left sparkling garden views sporting long shadows. After lunch we took a drive into the forest via LyndurstContinue reading “Somewhat Disconcerting”

A Reluctant Follower

On another bright but chilly morning Jackie drove me to Norleywood Road for me to walk along it and St Leonard’s Road for half an hour before she picked me up. Three different alpacas occupied the usual field; one wearing a rug. One or two of these may be llamas, but I don’t know theContinue reading “A Reluctant Follower”

La Chouette

Jackie was able to confirm the neighbourly status of our two resident robins. As she worked on the New Bed Nugget pottered around unconcernedly while his rival quietly chirped from the larch along the back drive. An owl, strictly une chouette, or perhaps un hibou, now stands on the retaining breeze block wall. Some yearsContinue reading “La Chouette”

The Boundary Fence

I have never installed a new Apple Operating System without experiencing a consequent problem. Overnight I let Catalina in. It is not compatible with my scanner. I followed the directions to resolve the issue, but hit a brick wall. This will mean another call to Peacock Computers. This morning Elizabeth came for coffee and stayedContinue reading “The Boundary Fence”

Cervine Elegance

Occasional sunny spells on a clouded morning developed into bright sunshine by the time we drove into the forest this afternoon. Jackie spent some time collecting cuttings with which to populate the greenhouse pots. The orange poppies that last just a day don’t normally emerge from the soil until spring. We have several clumps now.Continue reading “Cervine Elegance”

Lacework

Early this morning Jackie ventured into the garden with her camera to sweep some cobwebs. Lingering raindrops reveal the arachnid lacework and the length of their funambulist ropes. The Assistant Photographer also photographed colourful coreopsis in Margery’s Bed; vibrant Virginia creeper draping the Westbrook Arbour; and the moisture-laden Rose Garden with its backcloth of mist.Continue reading “Lacework”

The Halloween Template

The day began as gloomy as yesterday. The early rain was quite light – enough for us to put in a stint of clearing up clippings and dead heading before it increased in ferocity. I watched recordings of the Rugby World Cup matches between USA and Tonga; between Wales and Uruguay; and between Ireland andContinue reading “The Halloween Template”