We Thought It Best To Pull Over

Leaving the others asleep in their pits early this morning, Jackie and I took a drive into the forest in the vicinity of Burley. Bluebells are cropping up on all the verges. As I disembarked to photograph a stream and its reflections, a mallard shot under the bridge at a rate of knots leaving itsContinue reading “We Thought It Best To Pull Over”

Back In The Garden

Stormy weather and a heavy cold have kept me indoors for the last week. Today the wind has dropped to 20 m.p.h. and the sun has shone. I therefore took a walk in the garden. Jackie now has the cold and is currently housebound. Our winter flowering cherry remains bright against the blue sky above.Continue reading “Back In The Garden”

Snatching Snoozes

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY ONE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT In ‘The Card Case’, I spoke of the client who had no money to pay my fee,Continue reading “Snatching Snoozes”

Do You Like Butter?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning, while Jackie weeded and I cleared up, Aaron smoothed concrete edging around the greenhouse base and realigned a section of The Head Gardener’s Walk. At the other end of the garden the recent plantings in the Oval Bed have matured; honeysuckle swings among the dayContinue reading “Do You Like Butter?”

A Little Bit O’ Bloomin’ Luck

CLICK ON IMAGES FOR ENLARGEMENT. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING ON THE BOX  AT BOTTOM RIGHT. Today began dark, wet, and windy. Thinking we would be unable to do much more in the garden we transported the results of yesterday’s crab apple pruning to EffordContinue reading “A Little Bit O’ Bloomin’ Luck”

Various Stages Of Life

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED The experts on the antiques programme Bargain Hunt, which we generally watch at lunchtime, tell us that silver items should not be polished, for that activity eventually obliterates the hallmarks. Many antique book dealers also believe that uncut book pages should be left in their pristineContinue reading “Various Stages Of Life”

Particularly Partial To A Love Knot

Today will apparently be the last warm and sunny day for a week, so, naturally it was spent pottering in the garden.   At the front two crab apple trees are blossoming, and the saxifrages and other plants are beginning to decorate the stone edging which we hope they will soon festoon. Between the daffodils and theContinue reading “Particularly Partial To A Love Knot”

New Arrivals

IMAGES MAY BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING ON THEM, TWICE IF NECESSARY This morning we all joined the other customers in the cafe. Poppy did actually eat most of what was on her plate. An hour or so later, Jackie and I set off back home, reaching there early in the afternoon. Aaron had moved aContinue reading “New Arrivals”

Knighton Park

On a continuing balmy morning I picked a December bouquet from the garden – photographically speaking, of course. We have: Festive jewels, violas, petunias, geraniums, snapdragons, and solanums. Jackie went on a massive ‘operation fill the freezer up’ shop; Aaron finished off the bathroom; and I completed our last batch of cards that we postedContinue reading “Knighton Park”

April Showers

April showers in December? Someone’s having a laugh. Perhaps it’s this hebe; the viburnum bodnantense Dawn; roses like Crown Princess Margarete, bowing her head to keep her face dry, or this Pink carpet rose ripe for dead-heading; violas, primulas, or geraniums. I obliged with dead-heading many of the roses. This evening we dined on Jackie’s deliciousContinue reading “April Showers”