Tag: cricket

  • Flies Are Now In Season

    On another warm, humid, and largely overcast morning garden maintenance was continued. Jackie mostly concentrated on the Rose Garden, then produced her own gallery. It was the cricket on Absolutely Fabulous that sent her indoors for her camera. She also spotted a bee and a beetle on Rosa Gallica. Winchester Cathedral, For Your Eyes Only, […]

  • About A Boy

    Our sister-in-law, Frances, is nearing the completion of her collecting and coordinating Chris’s colossal accumulation of detailed family history documentation dating back to the 17th century. One gap she and our nephew Peter have identified is a contemporary childhood chronicle of my late brother. Who better, they decided, to create this than the sibling who […]

  • Absolutely Fabulous Cricket

    The sun was permitted the occasional appearance from behind today’s cloud curtain. At mid morning, thinking she was attending to the Weeping Birch Bed, I ventured out for a stint of clearing up after the Head Gardener’ general maintenance efforts, and received something of a shock. Jackie had been diverted by the Rose Garden, upon […]

  • The Best Cricket Of The Day

    Jackie photographed nicotiana and petunias on her way to the Rose Garden, where she attempted to don the Festive Jewel. Nugget is beginning to fly into the trees and shout his warning message to what we think is a distant emerging territorial rival. “Where’s Nugget?” (7a) in this picture, taken when he dropped down to […]

  • Better Than Expected

    Today’s winds have dropped to 20 m.p.h. When opening the gate for Aaron this morning I checked on the storm damage. There really wasn’t much more than I had noticed yesterday. The downpipe to the water butt on the corner of the kitchen wall had become unstuck; a few extra pots had fallen; the sweet […]

  • “I’ve Got To Go And Do It For Grandpa”

    CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A CLUSTER ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER ENLARGEMENT CAN BE OBTAINED BY A CLICK OR TWO Today a dirty-white shawl was cast across the sunless skies, so I scanned another batch of colour […]

  • A Wildlife Garden

    CLICK ON IMAGES (ESPECIALLY THE CRICKET) TO ENLARGE. REPEAT (ESPECIALLY THE CRICKET) IF REQUIRED. DID I MENTION THE CRICKET? It is two years since we were last assisting our friend Giles in opening his garden in Milford on Sea. Once more, today, we took the first stint in his rota. Overnight rain had only recently desisted […]

  • The Colour Wheel

    More clearing up of clippings was required this morning. On my way through the garden, I had a chat with our friendly baby blackbird. Since its father no longer, from a safe distance, follows it around he must have decided this little creature, who has known us all its brief life, can fend for itself. The […]

  • The Golden Touch

    On the way through the garden this morning, to continue working on the back drive, I paused to admire Jackie’s two new planters, originally candle-holders from Redcliffe Nursery. They display her usual flair. Turning into the drive, I encountered the trail made by a mole. As this stopped at the site of the bonfire, perhaps […]

  • A Summer For Insects

    This morning, following the advice Mike gave me yesterday, we went in search of The Old House. Google informed us that this was in Lymington Road in Milford on Sea. It has, of course, quite a different postcode. Jackie drove us up and down this road, and we couldn’t find it. The most likely candidate […]