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”

Hopping From Seat To Seat

Yesterday I somehow managed to strain my left inner thigh which means walking is out of the question. Perhaps thirty years ago, as featured in https://derrickjknight.com/2013/01/17/im-only-borrowing-it/ I spent a good hour hopping from seat to seat on an Intercity train when I was commuting from Newark to Kings Cross. The method proved useful once againContinue reading “Hopping From Seat To Seat”

Dad Minding The Babies

Yesterday I had featured the bigger picture of the garden. Today, with the diffused light that comes from overcast skies and is consequently much kinder to photographers I focussed largely on the individual blooms. As usual, the gallery contains individual titles. Yesterday a frantic flapping and sounds of a rapid departure from behind the ShadyContinue reading “Dad Minding The Babies”

Hanging Baskets And Other Containers

The sun shone for a few hours this morning. Thereafter we experienced sudden heavy showers falling from an overcast sky, until all cleared late in the afternoon. Pulling up a few weeds while carrying out a dead heading session providing me with olfactory delights as I reached into the sweet scented rose bushes was myContinue reading “Hanging Baskets And Other Containers”

“Hello Barbara”

Mum perked up yesterday afternoon. When Elizabeth and Jacqueline arrived she was sitting up in bed, drinking from her own cup. She stayed awake for two hours; conversed lucidly; and consumed a little liquid nourishment, antibiotics, and water. Staff were concerned about her breathing overnight and she is to be given morphine to make herContinue reading ““Hello Barbara””

Her Autumn Garden

Jackie spent the day in her element, nurturing her Autumn garden, which I photographed at intervals. WordPress willing, each of these images is individually titled in the gallery. Later, I scanned the next four of Charles Keeping’s superb illustrations to ‘Our Mutual Friend’. ‘Composedly smoking, he leaned an elbow on the chimney-piece and looked atContinue reading “Her Autumn Garden”

Dank

During the morning of this decidedly dank day Jackie worked on tidying the lawn and its surrounding borders, while I did something similar in the front garden, cleared up debris and fed the compost bins front and back. Just in time for lunch a downpour sent us indoors. The Head Gardener left her tools outside,Continue reading “Dank”

Hunting In Pairs

“The Bishop” was the penultimate story that Anton Chekhov wrote while seriously ill with tuberculosis from which he died at the age of 44. This is a deeply emotional tale of the main character’s life and death, and his effect on family, prelates, and congregations alike. I finished reading it last night, and with itContinue reading “Hunting In Pairs”

The Plant Pulley

Today was very hot and sunny. Until fatigue forced me inside I put in more work on the stones of the Weeping Birch Bed footpath. It is now possible once more to sit on the chair beneath the tree and look across to the Rose Garden. A raised stone sits in the foreground of thisContinue reading “The Plant Pulley”

“I Can’t Get Up”

Between us we spent much of the day on garden maintenance. Not only did Jackie continue her work on redesigning the Pond Bed planting, composting, weeding, and tidying, but she has begun filling containers with petunias in the chimney pot; pansies in the iron urn, in a basket yet to become hanging, and, with geraniumsContinue reading ““I Can’t Get Up””