The Chicks Have Arrived

This morning I scanned the pages from ‘Tower Blocks’ written by Marian Lines and illustrated by Charles Keeping. Half were published later this afternoon as https://derrickjknight.com/2022/07/09/seventies-city-celebrations/ Before lunch Shelly visited with presents of what looks an excellent Penfolds Shiraz Cabernet and a box of Lily O’Brien’s delicious chocolate liqueurs. After lunch I watched the WimbledonContinue reading “The Chicks Have Arrived”

Continuing Maintenance

On a much brighter morning Jackie trimmed the lower limbs of myrtle while I bagged up the clippings and added them to the row awaiting the local recycling centre. This, and further tidying, work has improved the views from the patio and down the Dead End Path. Also in receipt of attention has been theContinue reading “Continuing Maintenance”

Protective Custody

Between watching recordings of the Rugby World Cup quarter final matches featuring Wales and France then Japan and South Africa, I wandered round the garden. When we arrived here five years ago a variegated myrtle bush that had grown to a tree was in the process of reverting, This meant that the two-toned cultivated leavesContinue reading “Protective Custody”

The Dump Can Wait

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN PAIRS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. Much of today was spent planting roses, tidying beds, and pruning and lopping trees and overgrown shrubs. I cleared up Jackie’s maple cuttings from yesterday, then concentrated on theContinue reading “The Dump Can Wait”

The Playground Bully

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. On another balmy morning I began a tour of the gardens at the front of the house, where fuchsia Delta’s Sarah blends with the pink Japanese anemones framed by white ones and Michaelmas daisies; and myrtle and solanum continue flowering. Outside the kitchen window, spritely spring poppiesContinue reading “The Playground Bully”

More Possible Prints

This morning I placed an order with a local printer for the A2 copy of Jackie picking daffodils two mornings after our arrival in Downton on 1st April 2014. Rather fittingly, Paul has selected it to be the largest picture on display. I then continued bombarding him with e-mailed suggestions for further, smaller, prints. ThisContinue reading “More Possible Prints”

Recycled Wrought Iron

Racing against the promised rain on this warm but gloomy morning we worked on providing freedom of expression for Compassion. Jackie assembled another Gardman arch for this rose that we have been trying fully to release from the clutches of myrtle and pittosporum. The heaviest pruning the plant has undergone for many years ensued. WeContinue reading “Recycled Wrought Iron”

‘I Was Afraid You Were Going To Say That’

Early this morning I continued working my way through the backlog of e-mails. I then finished clearing the section of overgrown shrubbery. This involved extracting more stubborn roots; dismantling the rock wall in the middle of it; using some of these to build up the border with the pergola path, and laying others as access steppingContinue reading “‘I Was Afraid You Were Going To Say That’”

Getting Heated

Knowing I was once more going to have to grapple with BT this morning, I cheered my spirits by wandering round the garden and focussing on the cleared shrubbery alongside the dead-end path. Japanese anemones, leycesteria, and a pink rose have come into view. The leycesteria had been choked by a hazelnut tree the nutContinue reading “Getting Heated”

The Bay Tree

On my way to continue attacking the lonicera and its companions, I made a pleasant discovery. I mentioned yesterday that the clearing of the area around the collapsed arch had revealed a red rose. This is because a pointed red bud provides a finial for the new gothic version. What I noticed today is a tiny white roseContinue reading “The Bay Tree”