Hot Gardening

At different times in this very hot day I have shared watering duties with the Head Gardener and carried some of her refuse to the compost bins. Jackie has continued potting and tidying. When possible she sits and lifts the containers on any available surface. The wisteria draped over its arbour here offers her aContinue reading “Hot Gardening”

The Head Gardener’s Photoshoot

We had fun this morning helping Louisa – on the telephone, of course – to provide clues for an Easter Egg Hunt for Jessica and Imogen. Jackie came up with one of the best: ‘Toying with this clue will shed light on the answer’ would lead them to the toy shed in the garden. BecauseContinue reading “The Head Gardener’s Photoshoot”

A Quarrel Of Sparrows

Stealth bombers dominate our front garden feeders. Silently they crowd the seed provider, with a considerable amount of spillage cleared up by robin Ron for whom this particular container was provided, and larger birds like blackbirds and woodpigeons. The voracious field sparrows dart onto any vacant perch. They engage in fearsome face-offs. Spreading or violentlyContinue reading “A Quarrel Of Sparrows”

Picking Up The Autobiography

Yesterday evening, through the window beside my desk, Jackie photographed glistening pearls strung out by a furry spider. For reasons which will become particularly apparent from my post “The Foam Rubber Mattress”, patient readers who may have notice an hiatus in the drafting of my autobiography, may be pleased to know that I picked itContinue reading “Picking Up The Autobiography”

Should I Revert To The Classic Editor?

The light this morning was dull when I took a walk around the garden. It looks to me as if WordPress have changed my gallery image sizes as they did yesterday. This will mean that nothing can be enlarged. I am also uncertain whether the galleries can be accessed at all. Should either of theseContinue reading “Should I Revert To The Classic Editor?”

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”

Can It Really Be October?

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER ENLARGEMENT CAN BE OBTAINED WITH A CLICK OR TWO Today I took several strolls around the garden, marvelling at what we still have in bloom.Continue reading “Can It Really Be October?”

Satisfied

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today Summer has returned in the form of a hot sunny day. I’m no entomologist, so my identification of the bee-like insects flitting from bloom to bloom should be taken with a pinch of salt (which, traditionally should see off weeds). I am, however, confident that thisContinue reading “Satisfied”

A Wildlife Garden

CLICK ON IMAGES (ESPECIALLY THE CRICKET) TO ENLARGE. REPEAT (ESPECIALLY THE CRICKET) IF REQUIRED. DID I MENTION THE CRICKET? It is two years since we were last assisting our friend Giles in opening his garden in Milford on Sea. Once more, today, we took the first stint in his rota. Overnight rain had only recently desistedContinue reading “A Wildlife Garden”

No Escaping Noel Manchee

Last night I read C. Day Lewis’s foreword to the Folio Society selection of Robert Frost’s poems. This was very readable and a good introduction to the poet. Why Paul Muldoon’s dense introduction was deemed necessary seems a mystery to me. Lilac is now blooming in our garden, as are vibernum, and osteospermum. We had a ‘Mum’sContinue reading “No Escaping Noel Manchee”