Taming the beast

I now realise that I’ve been living in the lap of luxury for the past two years, during the Covid pandemic – I’ve had someone else to do the hedge-trimming and lawn-mowing. Normal service has resumed … During those two years we purchased a heavy petrol lawnmower and a small shed, installing both at the … Continue reading Taming the beast

Rāhui Day 50

I had grand plans for posting pictures of the lower Hornbeam Gardens today (the second newest part of the garden). However the internet connexion is so horrendous, that I’m contenting myself with a couple of pictures of my little woodland corner. Everything is beginning to go very green in there – bluebells, daffodils and lily … Continue reading Rāhui Day 50

Rāhui Day 41

Everywhere the irises are starting to flower. (There’s even two roses unfurling – unheard of in April, apart from Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’). On the Vine Terrace … In the Iris Garden … here you may notice that (after 41 days without rain), we had 2 hours of gentle rain this morning between 7 and 9am. … Continue reading Rāhui Day 41

Rāhui Day 32

Mostly tulips today … words fail me! But the internet connection is terrific at lunch time! That’s when we settle down in France to eat and snooze for two hours. This is the life … and we do this even in ‘normal’ times.   Continue reading Rāhui Day 32

Lockdown Day 29

This spring is racing by so fast – one minute I was waiting for Prunus ‘Tai-Haku’ to flower … pouff! Yesterday evening, with a lifting wind, the petals were drifting past us like snowflakes. The camassias are budding up now. I’m not going to miss them. I’m finding that if I breathe deeply and slow … Continue reading Lockdown Day 29