“I’m Going To Get My Mum”

This morning Jackie ironed my last four shirts which is a double result: firstly I didn’t have to do it and secondly she does it better. The wind eased through the morning and the afternoon was bright and sunny for us to take a drive into the forest. Much water lay on the roads andContinue reading ““I’m Going To Get My Mum””

A Walk Round The Garden

The sun emerged quite late today. After I had opened the gate for Aaron. These are a few shots I took on the way there and back. As usual accessing these two galleries with clicks will access titles. Much of the rest of the day was spent listening to the Ashes Test Match. This eveningContinue reading “A Walk Round The Garden”

Six Trains

This post by Linda at shoreacres, https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/32382/posts/2281944455 took me back this morning to my 1940s childhood. Linda has eloquently described steam railways in America. From 1947 to 1954 the magical – to us children at least – The Devon Belle steamed past our kitchen window in Raynes Park on its way from Waterloo station toContinue reading “Six Trains”

Nest Building

For some time now, Aaron, our very own Green Man, has been working his way through the removal of the stumps of the old grizelinia hedging that he cut down a year or two back. This morning he completed the task. We now have several clusters of snake’s head fritillaries; orange and yellow epimedium, whichContinue reading “Nest Building”

Ponytails

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ENLARGED GALLERIES. ANY PICTURE CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN ITS PAGE AND CHECKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT There was so much snow and ice around on Friday 2nd March, that we were unable to leave the house. It was, however, fifty yearsContinue reading “Ponytails”

Food And Drink In The Same Location

CLICK ON IMAGES IN GROUPS TO ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. It really felt like a spring day as we drove out to the forest this morning. A pair of cyclists led us along the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. At intervals I left the car and photographed the forest scenes. The usual amountContinue reading “Food And Drink In The Same Location”

Katie’s Wake

Storm Katie particularly selected our corner of Hampshire to belabour throughout the night with winds of up to 105 m.p.h. Having heeded the forecast our intrepid Head Gardener brought down many of her pots and protected other parts of the garden. Nevertheless, tears sprang to her eyes when she witnessed the devastation this morning. TheContinue reading “Katie’s Wake”

Before And After: The North Breeze Boundary

‘Boundary’ is a polite term for what should have separated our garden from that of ‘North Breeze’, the unoccupied house to the west of ours. It stretches from front to back from the street to the corner of the back drive and most of the way down that. I learned this when the Head GardenerContinue reading “Before And After: The North Breeze Boundary”

1,000 Days

In bright sunlight this morning I played around with the super vivid setting on the camera. I reduced the saturation in the saw picture in order to reproduce the natural colours which still look pretty unreal. This tool was discovered when we were clearing the overgrown hedging on the back drive, and remains where weContinue reading “1,000 Days”

The White Garden

Hunting through our house purchase documents for some clarity about responsibility for the huge amount of fencing in various stages of health that borders our property, I was unsuccessful in that, but I did discover the names of the houses in our little hamlet. We are one of four on our side of Downton Lane.Continue reading “The White Garden”