The Garden Stirs

Did you know that when someone else washes your feet they tickle mercilessly? Well, they do, and this is not funny when you are trying not to jerk your knees. This afternoon whilst I watched the recorded highlights of the spellbinding Women’s Australian Open Final between Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova, Jackie toured the gardenContinue reading “The Garden Stirs”

Down The Garden

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN GROUPS WILL ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT As it began to rain whilst they were finishing the painting yesterday, Clare and Andrew hadContinue reading “Down The Garden”

The End Of British Summer Time

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Aaron was so pleased with our John Cook sculpture of him that he asked for a photograph. Naturally I printed him a copy of each of those that appeared in ‘A Particularly Strong Clue’. Among other tasks today, he strengthened the new recycled gates arbour, under whichContinue reading “The End Of British Summer Time”

Where’s That Smile?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The lower temperature brought a cooler and more pleasant day on which The Head Gardener continued her creative planting, serious weeding, and cutting back. I dead-headed roses, carted debris to the compost heap, and made a few pictures. The planting on the kitchen wall now seems complete.Continue reading “Where’s That Smile?”

After The Rain 1

SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read to the end if you are watching the rugby recorded. This morning Jackie weeded and planted chrysanthemums in the front garden, whilst I dug out the remaining roots of the ficus in preparation for planting the pansies. In the event, a heavy thunderstorm ruled out putting the pansies to bed. TheyContinue reading “After The Rain 1”

I’ve Received An Award

There was not much sunshine today, so it paid off to have been up and dawn to watch its pink tints filtering across the road, turning the cool blue exterior of the house into a warm watercolour, and piercing a new pair of windows into my study wall. An amble round the garden revealed two different deutzias; a variety of verbena; andContinue reading “I’ve Received An Award”

Memory Is Not Neat And Tidy

On a warm, sunny, morning, my feeble contribution to the gardening was to bag up a pile of rubble; and to transport earth from elsewhere with which to fill in the hole left by the removal of the pool in a wheelbarrow. Jackie continued with the weeding and planting, and this afternoon I did aContinue reading “Memory Is Not Neat And Tidy”