Rob’s Table, Helen’s Photographs

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH MAY BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. THESE CAN BE FURTHER ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. Jackie drove me over to Rob and Helen’s home in Lordshill, a suburb of Southampton whereContinue reading “Rob’s Table, Helen’s Photographs”

The Rat Catcher

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This is the owl our offspring gave Jackie for her birthday. Clearly this splendid sculpture needed a plinth on which to perch. Fortunately I had noticed one in the very dealership from which we had purchased yesterday’s troughs. So back we went to Molly’s Den and boughtContinue reading “The Rat Catcher”

Drinking Water

Today I completed the last of the exhibition prints, whilst Jackie continued a commendable amount of garden maintenance, including cleaning up the decking and placing the newly refurbished table between the cane chair and one of the camellias. The prolific euphorbia in the background has been heavily pruned, and one of the recently planted clematises trainedContinue reading “Drinking Water”

The Light Fantastic

Today the sun put in intermittent appearances. Early on I applied my lens to the light. The Gazebo Path retained its colour, but this bench, lamp, and eucalyptus called for Black and White to enhance their shapes, as did the shadows on the bench on The Helicon Path. During the rest of the day, whilst I producedContinue reading “The Light Fantastic”

The Flyer

On another springlike, sunny, morning, beside a pot of primulas, Jackie began work on renovating her recent dump table purchase. This involved glue and screws. Hoverflies are back in town. Can you spot this one? (Yellow attracts) This is a view across the eastern end of the Heligan Path towards the Rose Garden. These hellebores are differentContinue reading “The Flyer”

‘A Complete Dump Set’

Our last batch of visitors cleaned and tidied their rooms in an exemplary fashion. Jackie and I did, however, spend the morning on laundry and bedding changes, among the other normal tasks in preparation for Elizabeth’s stay, beginning tomorrow. A visit to Efford Recycling Centre followed. We transported a carload of cardboard storage boxes toContinue reading “‘A Complete Dump Set’”

Travels Of A Table

Hurricane Bertha beset Downton this morning, as we drove Sheila to New Milton for her to attend a Quakers meeting. We went off to Tesco superstore for a shop, and by the time we had finished and returned for our friend, Bertha had hastened on her way to London. The Quaker meeting house put me in mindContinue reading “Travels Of A Table”

Finishing Touches

We have a long, but not tall, Chinese oak cabinet which has gone up and down stairs in our new home like a yo-yo. The library had seemed its most likely final resting place.  The almost completed project no longer offered space for it. So back upstairs we carted it. When I bought the chestsContinue reading “Finishing Touches”