An Arboreal Charnel House

Although still breezy and somewhat nippy, our morning’s weather was much brighter. Accompanied by chirruping small birds, the screeching of the greenfinch, the cooing of doves, the repeated mating plea of a wood pigeon, and the gentle buzzing of the bees, Jackie continued her various plantings such as those in tubs, stone urns, box containersContinue reading “An Arboreal Charnel House”

The Barber’s Pole

By this morning I had passed another eight of Charles Keeping’s illustrations on my journey through ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ by Charles Dickens. I therefore scanned them. In ‘The Honourable Elijah Pogram fled with such precipitation that he forgot his umbrella was up’, the artist manages to convey the lurch backwards that such a sudden stoppage wouldContinue reading “The Barber’s Pole”

Surviving The Cold Weather

Having progressed comfortably past the halfway point in Charles Dickens’s ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, this morning I scanned the next six of Charles Keeping’s imaginative and skilful illustrations. In ‘Mrs Hominy stalked in again; very erect, in proof of her aristocratic blood’ the artist perfectly displays her haughtiness. ‘Three or four meagre dogs; some long-legged pigs; someContinue reading “Surviving The Cold Weather”

The Hunt Is On

Before the family arrived, Jackie planted eggs, and I swept the paths. Soon after Danni, Andy, and Ella arrived this morning we were joined by Elizabeth. As an indication of how long it has been since they were last able to visit, our niece and nephew-in-law brought their Christmas present to us – a stainedContinue reading “The Hunt Is On”

Preparing For The Hunt

Ella is bringing her family for a garden visit tomorrow, Easter Sunday. An Easter egg hunt will, of course, be in order. We prepared the clues for this today. Jackie determined the nine different locations and photographed them. I printed each one, in which a prominent feature will bear the trophy. They will be numberedContinue reading “Preparing For The Hunt”

Home For Dinner?

In my post ‘Not Done With Pickwick’ I featured Frank Reynolds’s colour plates from Hodder & Stoughton’s publication. For a similar reason I scanned a batch of this artist’s work on ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. My copy is the limited edition of 1913, signed by the artist: No. 112 of 350. This is not whatContinue reading “Home For Dinner?”

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”