Tag: eucalyptus

  • At The Tea Interval

    On a drab, drearily dull, day I tuned into the start of the second cricket Test Match between England and New Zealand, and scanned eight more of Charles Keeping’s excellent illustrations to Charles Dickens’s ‘Nicholas Nickleby’. In turning ‘Nicholas found Bray lying on the floor quite dead, and his daughter clinging to the body’ upside […]

  • In The Blink Of An Eye

    This morning I was lulled into enough of a false sense of security to imagine that, although the heavy winds that have beset us during the last two days and the rain had desisted, the storm may be over. The late or very early blooming gladiolus, bowed but not broken, rested on Delta’s Sarah fuchsia […]

  • Scents

    On a sunny and mild morning I spent some time dead heading and transporting clippings to the compost bins. Jackie pruned and tidied the lawn area, keeping me supplied with bags of refuse. The eucalyptus has now been adorned with its pendant baskets. Nugget played his game in “Where’s Nugget?” (84) and (85). A click […]

  • “Not Much Room For Mushrooms”

    Shortly after dawn this morning the sun, rising in the east, began to light the tips of the garden trees. These views from the back bedroom windows particularly highlight the sweet smelling cordyline Australis; the blossoming eucalyptus; the yellow bottle brush plant; the Wedding Day rose draped over the Agriframes Arch; and pink pelargoniums. From […]

  • The Nuggets

    Today the sun took a breather and the wind gradually increased. This morning Aaron brandished a bramble he had found growing in one of our dead stumps. Yesterday Jackie had photographed the viburnum plicatum sprawling across the West Bed; the Brick Path; the view from the lawn looking past the eucalyptus and through the gazebo; […]

  • Antipodean Visitors

    Warm sunshine was the order of the day. Jackie spent much time in shade tending to potted plants, many of which have survived the winter but needed shaves and haircuts. She has suspended some of these from the lopped cypress. My contribution to the general maintenance was a little watering, weeding, and transporting debris to […]

  • An Appeal For Help

    This morning was wet and dull. Light rain glistened on the dimly lit garden foliage seen from the bedroom windows. After lunch the sun smiled down and spread a little joy. It was warm enough for Aaron to mow Mistletoe Cottage’s lawn wearing a T-shirt. I wandered around at ground level noting roses including Peach […]

  • Cleaning Out The Frog Pond

    Jackie spent most of this gloriously sunny and warm spring day working in the garden. In the front she photographed budding Amanogawa and crab apple blossom, and a row of different coloured cyclamens. I took tours before and after lunch, choosing to focus first on a variety of daffodils; these, alongside the Dead End Path, […]

  • Swooping And Squabbling

    All was still and bright in the garden today when we began the post-storm recovery. We didn’t manage the patio area, which won’t take long tomorrow. Aaron righted the Rose Garden arch, with minimal discomfort to Crown Princess Margareta and Zefirini Drouhin. The Phantom Path; the Gazebo Path; views from the Kitchen Bed, from the […]

  • Rather More Than I Did

    This morning a made some headway in loading inks for the Epson SureColor P600 printer These are the instructions; here is the box of the nine inks and the slots for positioning them; this is the row of inserted inks.   When setting up yesterday I was asked to select my language, namely English. I […]

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