“I’m Sure I Can’t Allow That”

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE GROUP TO ACCESS THE GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT I dozed through the early parts of the day. At 4. p.m. Jackie set me up on Mum’s perching stool at a vantage point beside theContinue reading ““I’m Sure I Can’t Allow That””

“A Lot Of Work For One Man”

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY, EACH OF WHICH CAN BE FURTHER ENHANCED BY CLICKING ON THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. THE TWO INDIVIDUAL PICTURES WILL ENLARGE BY CLICKING. This morning Jackie drove us out to MacPenny’s Garden Nursery at Bransgore, where we brunched at The Robin’s Nest. JackieContinue reading ““A Lot Of Work For One Man””

The Latest Project

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning Aaron removed another shrub superfluous to requirements in order to make room for a larger than planned base for the West Bed bench. Jackie and I drove off to B & Q at Christchurch for six more bags of sand. Aaron spent the rest ofContinue reading “The Latest Project”

The Beast Is Back

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. An early morning inspection revealed that The Beast is back. It has burrowed under the log and presumably wormed its way through the gap between metal stakes, having also chewed more of the fencing. I filled the gap with a spare stake. During this process I spotted another burrow atContinue reading “The Beast Is Back”

A Competition

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Although the wind lessened somewhat first thing this morning, it soon picked up again and was not conducive to repair work in the garden. Our sole venture in that direction was to buy some more canes from Everton Nursery. Aaron and Robin began building a log shelterContinue reading “A Competition”

Down The Lane

This morning I wandered through the garden, down Downton Lane and into Roger’s field and back. The red Japanese maple is now coming into leaf, and we may soon have to refill the Waterboy’s shell. The clematis Montana, retrained eighteen months ago, now festoons the dead tree; and different, delicate, tulips are bursting into life.Continue reading “Down The Lane”

Before And After: The South End

Were the barometer on our garden wall in good working order it would no doubt indicate ‘wet and warm’. Perhaps, at 18 degrees centigrade it had the temperature right. Full sunshine, however, we definitely did not experience. The leucanthemums in the front garden are some of the plants cut back for the winter by theContinue reading “Before And After: The South End”

Before And After: The Back Drive

A good part of the day, until I set the incinerator going at 4 p.m., was spent in selecting and printing the next section of the garden development album. If there was any task more daunting than anything else in the Old Post House garden, it was the back drive. This is what it lookedContinue reading “Before And After: The Back Drive”

This Will Be Fun

This morning I scanned another large batch of colour slides from 1970. In April, six year old Michael was introducing a quizzical Matthew into the legends of The Old West. That same month we awaited the birth of Becky who was to be born on 19th August. Jackie was surprised to see her cigarette, forContinue reading “This Will Be Fun”

Spring Cleaning Month

Yesterday evening I received an e-mail from Mark telling me that it had taken all day to clear the cellar in Sigoules, and the job was still not finished. It will be continued next week. I didn’t think of this space when I checked the house, because I have to bend double to enter itContinue reading “Spring Cleaning Month”