Ella And The Ladybirds

Strong winds howled throughout the night, and did not abate until midday – then only temporarily. A warm sun put in intermittent appearances. Among Aaron’s tasks was weeding the Back Drive. “Where’s Aaron?” (10). Bigification might help with this one. Here are the results of my garden photoshoot. “Where’s Jackie?” (4) is the picture containingContinue reading “Ella And The Ladybirds”

Clamouring For His Close-up

When I began my perambulation round the garden this morning Jackie observed that I was photographing similar subjects to her. She had taken her walk even earlier. We therefore each produced a gallery in changing light. This is Jackie’s set. The galleried images each bear identifying titles, some with further descriptions. Click on any imageContinue reading “Clamouring For His Close-up”

Ali Baba

When I walked down the garden to open the back gate for Aaron this morning the early sun peeped over the eastern fence, its light licking the jeweling of last night’s rain still glittering on the plants. The bees were working away. Wedding Day festooning the Agriframes Arch approved of the Penny Lane bouquet adorningContinue reading “Ali Baba”

A Bit Harsh

On an overcast morning promising rain we set about clearing up from Jackie’s pruning and weeding of the last couple of days. My task was to gather up, chop to size, load the debris into trugs (how many times, WP, do I have to tell you this is not rugs – look it up), and,Continue reading “A Bit Harsh”

“Three!?”

Needless to say, the BT e-mail problem that, four days ago, I had been promised would be resolved within 72 hours was not. I therefore spent an hour on the phone this morning, first with an advisor in Belfast, then with one in Cardiff. I won’t bore you with the details, save to say thatContinue reading ““Three!?””

All Neat And Tidy

On another warm and sunny day Jackie continued the refurbishment of the Westbrook Arbour begun yesterday. Apart from recording the event and carrying out a little dead-heading of Welsh poppies I cleared up some of Jackie’s weeding and pruning which I added to the compost, being careful not to cover Félicité Perpétue, the splendid climberContinue reading “All Neat And Tidy”

A Central Rectangle

Louise DeSalvo’s work on Virginia Woolf which I featured recently in https://derrickjknight.com/2020/05/19/seeking-acquaintance/ prompted me to return to ‘Between The Acts’, the writer’s last novel. Dr DeSalvo had sought metaphors and other phrases in the novel which could be referring to Woolf’s childhood sexual abuse. I could see the possible reasons for the doctor’s interpretations, but,Continue reading “A Central Rectangle”

Working On The Rose Garden

Today, the hottest day of the year, was fine and sunny. While Jackie swept, weeded, pruned, and watered the Rose Garden. (This picture is not an official “Where’s Nugget?”, but on reading the blog and doubly enlarging it The Head Gardener identified our familiar robin clearly silhouetted above the central bloom of clematis Warsaw NikeContinue reading “Working On The Rose Garden”

The Nuggets

Today the sun took a breather and the wind gradually increased. This morning Aaron brandished a bramble he had found growing in one of our dead stumps. Yesterday Jackie had photographed the viburnum plicatum sprawling across the West Bed; the Brick Path; the view from the lawn looking past the eucalyptus and through the gazebo;Continue reading “The Nuggets”

His Favourite Suet Pellets

More sunshine periodically penetrated the clouds today. Jackie spent much of the morning on general garden maintenance while I wandered around with a camera. Apart from the rhododendrons in the two pictures above I focussed on two more flanking the Gazebo Path. Bees were very busy. One filled its yellow sacs while flitting from one bristlyContinue reading “His Favourite Suet Pellets”