Cold Soup

Jackie took advantage of the early morning sunlight to photograph a variety of colourful daffodils; a striking range of hellebores; a bee probing pulmonaria; my dwarf azalea, still thriving after twenty years and several moves; pale yellow primroses and their brighter primula relatives; mahonias, companula, wood anemones, summer snowflakes; and burgeoning tulips blending with lightContinue reading “Cold Soup”

Back Gardening

Yesterday evening we watched the second episode of series 3 of The Crown, which contained more scenes and dialogue stretching credulity/ Opposite the field occupied by our gimlet-eyed equine friend on South Sway Lane are heaped bags of free horse manure. We brought one back on 20th and I tipped it out onto the mostContinue reading “Back Gardening”

Witchcraft With Acorns

The light today was gloomy and the slate-grey overhead colander-canopy constantly leaked drizzle. Jackie reported that this morning while Muggle tweeted in her ear she realised that there was another exchange of battle cries between Nugget and someone else who occupied the garden of No 5 Downton Lane. There are now three robins setting outContinue reading “Witchcraft With Acorns”

Meet Muggle

Weather-wise this was a gloomy, but largely dry, day which Jackie began by photographing her now completed work on preparing the New Bed for winter. Her lens also produced images of the stumpery; roses including Super Elfin still scaling the Gothic arch; Mum in a million, Absolutely Fabulous, and Just Joey gracing the Rose Garden;Continue reading “Meet Muggle”

A Touch Of Snow

Jackie needed to be as nippy as the air outside to photograph her aerial garden views in the rapidly melting snow this morning. Her next subject was the snowcapped owl first captured in the patio through the sitting room window. Having wrapped herself up he became her first subject as she continued outside in theContinue reading “A Touch Of Snow”

Jackie Frost

Although it wasn’t to last long, we awoke to our first proper frost of the season Jackie photographed the panoramic views from the dressing room and from the garden bedroom upstairs. She then toured the garden and brought back this gallery of images. As usual titles are given on accessing the gallery with a clickContinue reading “Jackie Frost”

Our Joint One Good Knee

Last night I watched a recording of Saturday’s breathtaking rugby match between Wales and South Africa; after lunch today the soporific contest between Scotland and Argentina. Bright sunshine had taken me into the rather cold garden this morning. Winter pansies and trailing ivy adorn hanging baskets on the sitting room walls. Geraniums and Japanese maplesContinue reading “Our Joint One Good Knee”

We Have A Working Sink

CLICK ON THE INDIVIDUAL IMAGE TO ENLARGE. CLICKING ON THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES; EACH OF THESE PICTURES MAY BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN ITS PAGE AND CHECKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Yesterday evening, at Elizabeth’s, Danni, assisted by Andy, produced a stunning curry for us all, also including friends Nicki andContinue reading “We Have A Working Sink”

Giving It Some Welly

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. This morning’s dawn promised a better day than forecast. And so it proved, at least for the first hour or so. I took an early ramble round the garden on which more light was cast than yesterday. This broughtContinue reading “Giving It Some Welly”

Half Term

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Storm Doris had blown about the bag of twigs gathered up a couple of days ago, and dumped more on the beds and paths in the garden. The Shady Path, with its Camellia shrubs didn’t look too bad, exceptContinue reading “Half Term”