Nugget, You’ve Got Mail

This morning while Jackie applied herself to unearthing food for Nugget, I occupied myself with dead-heading roses. The two photographs above are a day’s relief for eyes which struggled with yesterday’s “Where’s Nugget?”. Hearing Jackie clearly speaking Avian I thought at first she had been addressing her little robin, but in fact it was “thoseContinue reading “Nugget, You’ve Got Mail”

“Turncoat”

The air this morning when we set about further post-storm garden recovery work hung humid and eerily still. Concentrating on the patio area and the sweet peas corner of the kitchen wall, Jackie trimmed the Lathyrus odoratus and extricated the strangled tomato plant. From less than polite expressions of intense disappointment yesterday when discovering brokenContinue reading ““Turncoat””

If You Weren’t The Head Gardener

CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP WILL ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL EXAMPLES OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Jackie has spent quite a bit of time in the last three days clearing up after the storm. This has involved sweeping up leaves and brokenContinue reading “If You Weren’t The Head Gardener”

Dicing With Death

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED What does Aaron have in common with a bee? You might be forgiven for imagining that it is that they both have very high work rates. That would be a good answer, but incorrect. Watching our friend, unlit ciggy between lips, firing one-handed from the hip withContinue reading “Dicing With Death”

A Splendid Morning

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The weather this morning was splendid. The morning was to become more so, with a visit from good friends. In eager anticipation of the arrival Jackie was out early sweeping the corridors, manicuring the green carpet, refreshing the flowers, and generally tidying up the reception room thatContinue reading “A Splendid Morning”

Licking Into Shape

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning we bought another parasol for the South end gravelled patio. After lunch, The Head Gardener watered and I dead-headed The Rose Garden. Here there are two examples of similar but different flowers that she has been pointing out recently. These are For Your Eyes Only andContinue reading “Licking Into Shape”

Peter The Pelican

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Heavy rain set in for the day this afternoon. Before that, Jackie managed an impressive amount of weeding and planting. She didn’t have to do any watering. This time last year we were still preparing the empty rose garden. Now it looks as if it belongs. Absolutely Fabulous andContinue reading “Peter The Pelican”

Traffic Control

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF RQUIRED Most of our roses are now in bloom. We have, for example, Laura Ford; Summer Time; and, sharing the blue painted arch with Madame Alfred Carière, Summer Wine; whilst the pink ones at the front are beginning to festoon the trellis. A couple of times in recent days,Continue reading “Traffic Control”

Various Stages Of Life

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED The experts on the antiques programme Bargain Hunt, which we generally watch at lunchtime, tell us that silver items should not be polished, for that activity eventually obliterates the hallmarks. Many antique book dealers also believe that uncut book pages should be left in their pristineContinue reading “Various Stages Of Life”

More Possible Prints

This morning I placed an order with a local printer for the A2 copy of Jackie picking daffodils two mornings after our arrival in Downton on 1st April 2014. Rather fittingly, Paul has selected it to be the largest picture on display. I then continued bombarding him with e-mailed suggestions for further, smaller, prints. ThisContinue reading “More Possible Prints”