Dripping Rain

As, this morning, a skein of geese honked through clouds leaking liquid streams slithering down our roof tiles and window panes, I was reminded of goose dripping, spread on toast when we were small, and consequently of goose fat. (pictures are still missing from this earlier post, but that will not affect the story). ByContinue reading “Dripping Rain”

Presenting The Albums

It is almost two months since last we saw a puddle in the gutter alongside our front drive. After fairly steady rain for most of the morning one built up for a brief appearance (by midday it had drained away). Jackie just had to photograph it with its raindrop rings; a lesser pool on theContinue reading “Presenting The Albums”

A Mis-sold Cousin

Among this morning’s reminiscences is the tale of the mis-sold cousin. Becky told us about the announcement that she had a new cousin who was a girl. This was Alex, a few years younger. Our daughter was very young herself, but old enough to look forward to having someone new to play with, because sheContinue reading “A Mis-sold Cousin”

“I’m Going Shopping”

Determined to comply with our current Covid constraints Danni and Ella, to be joined by Elizabeth, for whom entry to the house was forbidden, were on their way for a tour of the garden when a very heavy downpour dumped a damper on the proceedings. Raindrops dripped from solanums, crab apples, weeping birch, and pelargoniums.Continue reading ““I’m Going Shopping””

On The Brink Of December

On a bright and sunny morning I wandered round the garden in my shirtsleeves. Individual titles of these views can be found when accessing the gallery with a click on any image. The last two pictures show a Japanese maple before and after it had been pruned by Aaron and his A.P. Maintenance team whoContinue reading “On The Brink Of December”

Raindrops Inside And Out

Recent heavy rains have opened another leak in the roof of our kitchen extension. Jackie made these photographs of the kitchen floor, then of what we think is the faulty lead flashing. While she was at the upstairs windows she then produced aerial shots of the soggy garden, after which during a lull in theContinue reading “Raindrops Inside And Out”

Still Going Strong

This morning I cut the grass and produced a few photographs. Individual titles appear on the galleries. This afternoon I almost finished reading Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley which I will feature tomorrow. Tonight’s dinner consisted of sag bhaji and mild prawn curry starter from Forest Tandoori followed by the main event in theContinue reading “Still Going Strong”

No Longer In The Shade

Once again we struggled in unaccustomed heat to thin out the rampant wisteria, and compost and bag up the clippings. Jackie did most of the pruning and photographed the process before and after her efforts. As she said, she was no longer working in the shade. Although the bulk of the composting and bagging fellContinue reading “No Longer In The Shade”

Spotlights

General garden maintenance this morning included Jackie’s replanting of the Iron Urn consisting of pansies underplanted with purple tulips, having replaced the root-bound soil; and much more clipping, chopping, and bagging of wayward shrubs. The winter pansies now blend well with the pale purple colchicums or autumn crocuses, phlox, and Japanese anemones while contrasting withContinue reading “Spotlights”

Do Not Climb

This morning, while the Head Gardener continued her autumn clearances, I followed in her wake, collecting, chopping, and composting clippings. The exercise was most delightful when focussed on the Pond Bed, savouring the liquorice flavour released from the statuesque bronze fennel and listening to the tinkling trickle of the water feature. Small birds are beginningContinue reading “Do Not Climb”