Cutting Out The Middle Man?

Early this morning, Jackie photographed the first welcoming dawn we have experienced for a while. The sunshine lived up to its promise as I wandered around photographing clumps of cheerful snowdrops; bunches of daffodils including tete-a-tetes; bright cyclamen; a variety of abundant hellebores which retained raindrops; and prolific shrubs such as camellias and viburnum. ToContinue reading “Cutting Out The Middle Man?”

Sharing A Meal

When we arrived in Downton on 31st March last year, clumps of large leaves were present in the front garden. Following our policy of giving unrecognised plants time to make themselves known, we refrained from┬ádisturbing them. These produced nothing more until now. We don’t know what they are. Does anyone? The holly leaf in theContinue reading “Sharing A Meal”

Back To Work Tomorrow

Jackie’s bedroom seedlings of nasturtiums and marigolds have woken up to the season and are springing forth. We drove to The Firs, calling in first at the Village Shop to deposit dry cleaning; the bottle bank near Minstead Hall; then on to Lyndhurst to post a couple of parcels and visit the NatWest Bank toContinue reading “Back To Work Tomorrow”