Presents Of A Lifetime

Perhaps it was the two dogs in this picture that prompted me, about a dozen years ago, to say to my mother “Mum, I’m not going to buy you anything else that I wouldn’t want back eventually”. It would have been more than thirty years ago that I bought her these Balinese carvings from aContinue reading “Presents Of A Lifetime”

An English Country House

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Yesterday I featured a porcelain restoration class held at Fulbeck Hall. http://www.visitoruk.com/Grantham/fulbeck-hall-C567-AT215.html tells us that ‘Fulbeck Hall is a fine country house dating from the early 17th-century, but largely rebuilt in 1733 by Francis Fane whose family had lived there since 1632. The house, now a GradeContinue reading “An English Country House”

Havoc

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT AS REQUIRED. Gusting 50+ miles per hour winds wreaked havoc overnight and today. They are due to continue until tomorrow morning. Pots and chairs, even the new heavy wooden ones, were blown down, and the taller plants, such as the nicotiana staked up a few days ago,  were bentContinue reading “Havoc”

‘I’m Sorry About The Chip’

This afternoon, we set off on a series of visits in and around West End. In order to prepare for the first, to Margery and Paul at Bitterne, I gathered up the before and after albums of the work on our garden, and made a random selection of close-up prints of the flowers and insects,Continue reading “‘I’m Sorry About The Chip’”

Canal Holidays

When Errol brought the children down for the weekend on 1st, he gave us a large bunch of lilies. Each day since, we have watched for the opening of the petals. We were rewarded today. They now have quite a heady scent. The treasured stoneware vase containing them, was made for Jessica and me by BeckyContinue reading “Canal Holidays”

Cleaning And Hanging

This morning’s test confirmed that Matthew has successfully cleared our shower soak away. Goodness knows what the blockage was, but Bullitt had not penetrated it. To begin the day, Jackie and I each carried out a fairly extensive cleaning task. Personally, I think I drew the short straw. My task was the removal of the thirdContinue reading “Cleaning And Hanging”