It seemed a long wait before 17 May enabled people to eat indoors - and May was certainly a cold month. One of these two had a hot water bottle under her coat… Meanwhile the children were waiting for weather more suitable for cricket before shedding their coats - or their substitute helmets The bluebells … Continue reading At last – brief holidays and outings!
January: 2021 began chaotically. Schools opened on 5 January, only to close the next day for a second, full lock-down. Changes in Christmas arrangements had left many families disconnected, and the short, dark, cold January days compounded the misery of the stressed - furloughed perhaps, or working from home, caring for children, home-schooling - and … Continue reading 2021 – an even more surreal spring!!
I started this piece on Sunday 13 December 2020, exactly a year to the day since I woke up to the sickening news that the Conservative party, led by Clown Johnson, had won the General Election in December 2019 with a sizeable majority. It almost matched the bouts of nausea I felt in 2016 - … Continue reading 2020 – woe, woe and thrice woe…
As the summer holidays ended, schools re-opened and for many work re-started though for others work had either never stopped or worse, had completely disappeared. Masks and social distancing were the new part of the normal. So were near-empty trains and queues for shops. The National Gallery opened its postponed exhibitions - most notably the … Continue reading Autumn pastimes
It seemed a good move to organise a short break in the run-up to the Bank Holiday, and as it wouldn’t be a holiday if we didn’t visit a few wineries, we pottered east across the South Downs to visit three very different English Sparkling wine producers, en route for Romney Marshes. There are dozens … Continue reading This isn’t Italy ! August 2020
The thirteenth - and last week - of watching colour and beauty emerge on each and every day of this surreal spring Sunday 14 June The river provides constant entertainment. We have watched fleets of ducklings, swans with their cygnets (which grow so quickly!) and Canada geese with goslings not to mention other, stranger river-goers … Continue reading Week 13: Andover Garden Watch 2020 – a very special spring
The twelfth week of watching colour and beauty emerge on each and every day of this surreal spring Sunday 7 June Today was a day for admiring the river - its bank and its wildlife The blue campanula is in full flower, buzzing with hundreds of worker bees, and setting off the gunnera in all … Continue reading Week 12: Andover Garden Watch 2020 – a very special spring
The eleventh week of watching colour and beauty emerge on each and every day of this surreal spring Sunday 31 May - Whitsunday: a hot day just before some easing of lockdown In my book, spring ends on midsummer’s day, 21 June; but almost everything in the garden is behaving as though summer has already … Continue reading Week 11: Andover Garden Watch 2020 – a very special spring
The tenth week of watching colour and beauty emerge on each and every day of this surreal spring David spent several years in the late 90s working up his knowledge of plants and garden design in his characteristically thorough way, and creating several gardens - for us and for friends (who moved regularly enough to … Continue reading Week 10: Andover Garden Watch 2020 – a very special spring
The ninth week of watching colour and beauty emerge on each and every day of this surreal spring. Sunday 17 May Traditionally this is the week of the Chelsea Flower Show, but for the first time since WWII it was cancelled, and gardeners had to make do with Monty Don and Jo Swift joshing and reminiscing … Continue reading Week 9: Andover Garden Watch 2020 – a very special spring