The Oval Bed Today

The earlier third of the day was overcast but warm. On my way through the garden to set out on a walk down Downton Lane I photographed several newly opened tulips, one of which bore a sleepy bee. Even 30 m.p.h. on our eponymous winding lane is probably too fast at any time, yet itContinue reading “The Oval Bed Today”

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”

A Quarrel Of Sparrows

Stealth bombers dominate our front garden feeders. Silently they crowd the seed provider, with a considerable amount of spillage cleared up by robin Ron for whom this particular container was provided, and larger birds like blackbirds and woodpigeons. The voracious field sparrows dart onto any vacant perch. They engage in fearsome face-offs. Spreading or violentlyContinue reading “A Quarrel Of Sparrows”

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”

A Year For Honesty

Today the weather was fairly gloomy. Early rain gave way to overcast clouds and oppressive warmth. Our own garden seemed the best venue. Bees, nevertheless, were busy plundering the amanogawa cherry now in full bloom. Tulips, which, until now have kept their collars tightly buttoned, are beginning to think about loosening their ties. Avian courtingContinue reading “A Year For Honesty”

Nothing For It

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN ONE OF THE PAIRINGS TO ACCESS THE GALLERY, EACH MEMBER OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. PHOTOGRAPHS LACKING A PARTNER CAN BE VIEWED WITH A CLICK THAT MAY BE REPEATED I spent a considerable number of frustrating hours attempting toContinue reading “Nothing For It”

Spot The Partridge

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK. While I lurked with a lens, Jackie continued, carefully, to cultivate the garden this morning. I had been struck by the trailContinue reading “Spot The Partridge”

Back To Sleep

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. At very brief intervals this morning the deceptive sun suggested it may brighten our day. We believe these little plants forcing their way between wet paving stones are chionodoxa. Just above them poppies are beginning to try their luck. Hairy little pulmonaria seem to tolerateContinue reading “Back To Sleep”

The Kitchen Garden

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE CLUSTER TO ACCESS ENLARGED GALLERY Here is another look  at our existing kitchen. The section alongside the hobs is effectively the Culinary Queen’s current work surface. As shown in ‘Before The Makeover 1’ the oven, microwave, and fan occupy the other side of the small area at the back.Continue reading “The Kitchen Garden”

An Enforced Eviction

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Early this morning the sun shone on the wall-bound wisteria aiming for the en suite bathroom. Lingering early raindrops rolled around the Diamond Jubilee tulips, onto which a thirsty fly dropped for a drink. Another rhododendron, leading the eye to the pieris on the grass, is beginning to bloom.Continue reading “An Enforced Eviction”