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Today Aaron and Robin levelled out the soil flanking the new fence and cleared away our last items of debris in preparation for building a log store.
The rubbish included the buried bath, now in its last resting place on the Back Drive, before removal to the dump.
I finished reading Barrie Haynes novelette ‘Walking in the Sea’ this morning. The illustrator is Barrie’s young granddaughter whose cover appeared on https://derrickjknight.com/2016/08/05/deadheading/
The blurb accurately describes the essence of this scurrilous romp which would probably, perhaps slightly Bowdlerised, provide the basis of a good TV detective series plot. Written almost entirely in the present tense, with direct, uncomplicated, and amusing prose, the book carries the reader along, keeping its essential secrets to the end. It was certainly easier reading than Jane Austen, its humour requiring rather less work.
I have occasionally mentioned our ongoing battle against invading brambles. This is what happens if we relax for week.
This time I reached over the fence with the long loppers in order to stem the flow at the lowest possible level.
On my way back down the garden I spied The Head Gardener lurking in the shade beside the Dragon’s Bed.
There are two types of crocosmia in this bed. The yellow one did not flower at all last year.
Drowsy bees clambered in and out of the cosmoses.
Here is Florence’s view past the hanging geraniums to Compassion rose climbing across the Dead End Path;
whilst beside the Phantom Path to the left, Margery’s hollyhocks soar aloft.
There are several clumps of Rudbeckia. This one is in the Palm Bed.
At the corner of the Cryptomeria Bed, ornamental grass; petunias, lobelia, and geraniums in hanging baskets; nicotiana; and buddleia stand in line.
We enjoyed a drink in the Rose Garden where Jackie operated the sprinkler, and
a fuchsia leads us past phlox and through the arch beside the hollyhocks featured above.
Jackie’s dinner this evening consisted of pork medallions baked in mustard and brown sugar topped with almond flakes; courgette, tomato and onion gratin; crisp carrots and green beans; boiled new potatoes; and tasty gravy. The Culinary Queen drank Becks and I drank sparkling water.