Water Feature In Situ

This morning I scanned the next half dozen of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to Charles Dickens’s ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’. In ‘Even her weeping and her sobs were stifled by her clinging round him’ her dress flows like her tears. Dickens’s description of the attendant, complete with whiskers, is faithfully depicted by Keeping in ‘Mrs Prig began toContinue reading “Water Feature In Situ”

The Hunt Is On

Before the family arrived, Jackie planted eggs, and I swept the paths. Soon after Danni, Andy, and Ella arrived this morning we were joined by Elizabeth. As an indication of how long it has been since they were last able to visit, our niece and nephew-in-law brought their Christmas present to us – a stainedContinue reading “The Hunt Is On”

Preparing For The Hunt

Ella is bringing her family for a garden visit tomorrow, Easter Sunday. An Easter egg hunt will, of course, be in order. We prepared the clues for this today. Jackie determined the nine different locations and photographed them. I printed each one, in which a prominent feature will bear the trophy. They will be numberedContinue reading “Preparing For The Hunt”

The Garden As April Begins

On a warm day with sunny intervals it was time to record the garden as it comes alive. The Brick Path and the Back Drive borders each hold some of the plants I am about to show, like the euphorbia fronting one of the dead stumps on the Back Drive. We have many tulips inContinue reading “The Garden As April Begins”

A Garden Snapshot

On an albeit cool day of sunny interludes on which winter flowering and amanogawa cherry blossoms flourished alongside each other, I produced a snapshot of the garden. As usual titles of the individual pictures will be found when accessing the gallery with a click on any one image. This evening Elizabeth came to dinner whichContinue reading “A Garden Snapshot”

Two Dawns

In the early morning chill I girded my loins with a thick cotton dressing gown and stepped into the garden to photograph the pink-streaked dawn. Keen arboriculturists may be interested in the sylvan skeletons of copper beech, larch, weeping birch, and lopped bay tree. Our great-niece, Ella, was two years old in January. She andContinue reading “Two Dawns”

Habitual Head Hangers

Blues skies returned today for our first visit to Mum in Woodpeckers since before the Christmas lockdown, which has been somewhat relaxed. We were able to use the screen room. Jackie photographed Mum behind the screen in which I am reflected. My mother was in good spirits, but not hearing too well, especially at theContinue reading “Habitual Head Hangers”

The March Garden

Bluebell is the young lady I photographed yesterday between her partner, Aaron, and the Shetland pony he was photographing. She photographed me photographing them from beside my trusty steed, and has e-mailed me a copy of it, for which I am very grateful. This morning I made a further five illustrations into ‘The Old CuriosityContinue reading “The March Garden”

Redundant

The Head Gardener has renamed what I have been calling the Kitchen Bed because it runs alongside that room. It has become the Pond Bed because it sprawls across a sunken pond filled in by our predecessors. At the western corner stands the frog pond created from an old cistern; at the eastern end theContinue reading “Redundant”

“Some Wet Things”

Throughout the day the promised rain fell steadily. Early this evening we experienced a power cut for a couple of hours. The meat was in the oven; nothing worked; because of lockdown no alternative eating establishments were open; I had not prepared a post. Fortunately the Culinary Queen had stocked up yesterday on salads andContinue reading ““Some Wet Things””