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”

The Holly And The Ivy

  Our white sofa, being a sofa bed, is extremely heavy. In order to avoid damaging the new flooring, this morning Connor called upon Mark to help him lift it into place. Jackie ventured into the garden on this much brighter day than yesterday, announcing “I am going into the garden to photograph some loveliness.”Continue reading “The Holly And The Ivy”

Under The Weather

Not having yet experienced frost, the nasturtiums still climb the garage door trellis. The crab apple trees are losing their leaves, revealing their fruit, still eschewed by blackbirds not yet hungry enough to eat them. The sun was so weak this morning as to be imperceptible in these photographs of the garden views in whichContinue reading “Under The Weather”

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”

Flying Gulls

Last night I watched the recorded rugby World Cup match between Japan and Samoa; this morning those between New Zealand and Namibia, and between France and Tonga. I then photographed some examples of our nasturtiums, blooming until the first frost; our generous begonias; our varied dahlias; our honesty seed pod medallions; our hardier clematises suchContinue reading “Flying Gulls”

The Evolution Of A Room

Today was hot enough for us to open doors and windows. One of these was the stable door. It is my fond imagining that a horse was once kept in what became the garage, which we converted to a utility room leading to a library, fronted by a boarded trellis bearing clematises, solanum, nasturtiums, petunias,Continue reading “The Evolution Of A Room”

First Donkey Foals

Jackie has not neglected the front garden in her clearing and planting of the last few days. This morning I gathered and bagged up her cuttings from the gravel path. Erigerons, day lilies, Hot Chocolate rose and fuchsia feature here. Clematises, nasturtiums, petunias, lobelias, and solanum currently bloom in front of the garage door. ThisContinue reading “First Donkey Foals”

A Virtual Tour

There follows the missing post from 15th January 2019 We will be without internet until the faulty router is repaired. This is because the loaned device does not work. Now that I know that EE was bought by BT in 2016, I understand why their customer care is on a par with that of theirContinue reading “A Virtual Tour”

No Further Sustenance Required

Have you ever heard of nasturtiums blooming in England six days before Christmas? Well you have now. These still cling, erect, to the trellis attached to the garage door. The purpose of Walkford Woodland Burial Ground is to provide plots for interment and for ashes which will eventually return to their natural state. Approved treesContinue reading “No Further Sustenance Required”

A Home

Today was gloomy, inside and out. Rain persisted throughout; skies and our rooms were most dingy. Even at midday one could barely see the pale pink winter flowering cherry juxtaposed against the dripping crab apples. The temperature was, however, warm enough for the nasturtiums and the solanum to keep their shape without becoming their usualContinue reading “A Home”