More Normal Weather For January

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/01/04/a-knights-tale-88-the-firing-squad/ Either side of lunch we cleared most of the various items blocking the areas that Martin P is to start plastering tomorrow. Afterwards we drove to Fordingbridge to deliver a backpack left behind by Stephanie on Boxing Day. We took a leisurely route through the forest. Ponies grazed on theContinue reading “More Normal Weather For January”

Not Much Damage

I spent much of the day either side of lunch producing https://derrickjknight.com/2021/12/08/a-knights-tale-76-issues-of-loss-change-and-resilience/ which I posted later. I then uploaded garden photographs I had made earlier. Pansies and viburnum usually flower all year round, but to find sunny solanum and winter flowering cherry together is not normally expected. We still have a number of fuchsias inContinue reading “Not Much Damage”

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?”

A Closer Look

Elizabeth popped over this morning to collect some wood and nails to repair a fence on a temporary basis until Aaron can do it for her. She fixed a time with him. Having concentrated on general garden views yesterday I took a closer look at a variety of daffodils; primulas and primroses; hellebores; camellias; anemoneContinue reading “A Closer Look”

Mud-caked

I have to acknowledge that I seem to be out of step with more regular reviewers of The Favourite which we watched on Prime after dinner yesterday. I am not competent to comment on the historical accuracy of this story of the last years of Queen Anne, a very sad eighteenth century English monarch; norContinue reading “Mud-caked”

The Holly And The Ivy

  Our white sofa, being a sofa bed, is extremely heavy. In order to avoid damaging the new flooring, this morning Connor called upon Mark to help him lift it into place. Jackie ventured into the garden on this much brighter day than yesterday, announcing “I am going into the garden to photograph some loveliness.”Continue reading “The Holly And The Ivy”

Ladybird Or Ladybug Fly Away Home….

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN PAIRS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. The sun stayed away today until it was time for it to go to bed. My share of the garden clearance, under the necessary direction from the Head Gardener,Continue reading “Ladybird Or Ladybug Fly Away Home….”

Prints For The Exhibition

Whilst Jackie has started on her antibiotics, the virus has come back and bitten me again. I was therefore not up to much today apart from watching the Six Nations rugby matches between Ireland and Italy, and between England and Wales. It was no reflection on the first game that I dozed through much ofContinue reading “Prints For The Exhibition”

Silhouettes

It is not that unusual for readers seeking contacts or history¬†to stumble across this blog and, through comments, to ask me for information. Yesterday there were two. One man sought a contact with Trinity (Battersea) now Trinity (Oxley) Cricket Club. I, and two others responded. A second person, a woman, wondered whether¬†Jackie’s sister, Helen, wasContinue reading “Silhouettes”

Flo Meets Auntie Walisa

In the garden this morning, bees, like this one on a viburnum, were up early; a climbing rose Altissimo, already in situ, on the border of the projected rose garden, when we arrived, thrives; as does the overwintered diascia (no, Mr. WordPress, not disco), aptly named Apple blossom; and a multitude of the more normallyContinue reading “Flo Meets Auntie Walisa”