Feeding Fledglings

Yesterday Jackie photographed these deep magenta gladioli Byzantinus in the evening sunlight. This morning she focussed on her white and blush pink foxgloves happily located beside viburnum Plicatum, red Japanese maple and long lived camellia; not forgetting blue iris, white Erigeron and osteospermum sharing a bed with diurnal orange poppies; her favourite colour way ofContinue reading “Feeding Fledglings”

Sparring Sparrows

This morning I spent some time studying the various avian eating activities. Garish goldfinches; red-breasted robins – Ron or Ronette;   daredevil dunnocks; squabbling sparrows; great tits all balanced precariously on the feeders swinging in today’s cooler east wind. I was fascinated by the various grips. The great tits grasped the mesh grid; a goldfinch grippedContinue reading “Sparring Sparrows”

Through The Window

Another day of steady rain washing windswept windows; greasing patio paving; puddling paths; pearling maple branches; glazing garden views; dowsing patient sparrows; refreshing colourful camellias,   and pink prunus Autumnalis, ensured a day of Hardy reading and through-the-window photography. This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy chicken curry and savoury rice followed by baklavas with whichContinue reading “Through The Window”

Keeping Dickens

Charle Keeping https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Keeping was probably my favourite contemporary book illustrator. So, when, in the late 1970s, the Folio Society sought members’ recommendations for pairings of books and illustrators, there was only one possible submission for me. In 1981 the first of the Dickens series was published. Derek Parker reviewed it thus in The Times on 4thContinue reading “Keeping Dickens”

Comparatively Unscathed

Jackie produced a few photographs of dawn this morning. Although the skies would darken with rain squalls and the windspeed increase at intervals after lunch the morning was brighter and the speed 45 m.p.h. I toured the garden investigating what turned out to be very little damage. The patio planters in front of the FrenchContinue reading “Comparatively Unscathed”

A Quarrel Of Sparrows

Stealth bombers dominate our front garden feeders. Silently they crowd the seed provider, with a considerable amount of spillage cleared up by robin Ron for whom this particular container was provided, and larger birds like blackbirds and woodpigeons. The voracious field sparrows dart onto any vacant perch. They engage in fearsome face-offs. Spreading or violentlyContinue reading “A Quarrel Of Sparrows”

Waiting Their Turn

We have now watched half the episodes of The Crown Series 2. My general impression is unchanged. Much of the morning today was spent getting us back on line. The details are boring. On another dull day the birds made full use of the feeders. Sparrows tend to dominate in the front garden, although theyContinue reading “Waiting Their Turn”

This Is A White Rose Christmas

Winchester Cathedral blooms today. The crowded seed feeder sways from side to side in the gloom as aggressive sparrows squabble over occupied perches. Regular readers will be aware that I have been on two secret trips with Elizabeth. This afternoon she collected me and took me back to her house to help me transport Jackie’sContinue reading “This Is A White Rose Christmas”

One For GP

As was the case this morning, the seed feeder in the front garden is usually overcrowded by sparrows, with the inevitable pecking consequence. Great and blue tits share more harmonious meals. This afternoon we drove into the forest and got no further than Holmsley Passage before we witnessed a string of ponies crossing the moorlandContinue reading “One For GP”

Survivors December 2019

Today was the third bright, sunny, and cold one in a row. Given that overnight temperatures are in the low minuses, I wandered around the garden to photograph some of the albeit somewhat poorly looking surviving flora. Two that seem to bloom continuously are the yellow bidens and the white solanums from last year. AContinue reading “Survivors December 2019”