Wrestling With Catalina

The weather this morning was dull but warmer than yesterday – even enough to keep the bees, like this one weighing down the little salvia, at work. Jackie continued with her autumnal preparations. Nugget and his rival continued their armistice. Our little robin even tolerates other small birds like blue tits and coal tits raidingContinue reading “Wrestling With Catalina”

One That Didn’t Get Away

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED In anticipation of the expected 45 m.p.h. winds we were out early this morning battening down the hatches. Chairs and hanging baskets were grounded; trugs, like this blue one on the chair at the west end of the Phantom Path were upended; I lifted this flowering gladiolus’sContinue reading “One That Didn’t Get Away”

“Look. That Man’s Taking Photographs”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Leaving their van in our front drive and their slip-on shoes outside the door, Barry and Owen, who are New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs, having first serviced Mistletoe Cottage next door, provided us with their trademark clean and efficient job. A dust sheet is laid down;Continue reading ““Look. That Man’s Taking Photographs””

Late Summer Blooms

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED While Jackie, weeded, watered, and planted, my main gardening task today was extensive dead-heading. If anyone spots any heads I’ve missed in the following photographs, I’ll thank you for not mentioning it. We have many petunias. These, with geraniums and erigeron, grace the sitting room wall. These,Continue reading “Late Summer Blooms”

The Great Escape

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED With the return of the sunshine I carried out a little more tidying in the garden, especially dead-heading of roses, including Absolutely Fabulous, Crown Princess Margareta, and a pink climber recovered by Elizabeth. This wisteria occupied the Kitchen Bed when we arrived three years ago. Despite theContinue reading “The Great Escape”