Photo of the Week!

Had a recent trip to the allotment to take some snaps (while it’s fully robust and simply an elegant escape). One of the most enchanting plants there, are of course, the sweet peas – bursting with fragrance and splashes of colour. You wouldn’t expect much less from the sweet pea winner of 2012 now would you?

The anticipation of blooming.

The anticipation of blooming.

Summer haiku

Finally we are having some glorious, hot sunny weather, without a cloud in the sky, an unheard-of heatwave, and brown lawns! We in England all welcome the fine weather and hope it stays till we fly to the States!

A few days ago, Dad and I were sitting at our table under the umbrella in the back garden, writing and reading. Dad was reading the London Review of Books and I was writing a fairytale called ‘The Blue Rose’. We had our notebook out, mainly used for shopping lists, and Dad decided to capture the summer glory with a haiku. Here is our haiku exchange for July 2013; maybe we’ll do more. Dad writes first, then I do, back and forth.

Dad:

White philadelphus
Apricot rose, pink foxglove
Mum in mint-green pants

Isobel:

Towering foxgloves
Swaying in the sultry breeze
Birdsong in the air

Dad:

A hush in the breeze
Pigeon sits, unflappable
Nightgown on the line

Isobel:

Canterbury Bells
Like spectacular trumpets
Peachy roses sway

Dad:

Alium flower
Buckyball world out of joint
Geodesic doom

Isobel:

Shade kisses sunlight
Daddy’s watch ticks time away
Ticks summer away

Dad:

A starling’s scolding
A lawn-mower is grumbling
A girl is writing

Isobel:

Bees drinking pollen
Dad reading the newspaper
The sun is setting

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Spring into summer

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Dressed for a Victorian outing at Blists Hill, May 20th

A few shots documenting our slow progress into full summer – now that it’s arrived, it’s looking like payback for last summer’s washout. Wimbledon finals weekend shows temperatures in the 80s (F) – American-style heat!

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The allotment on June 1st – well behind its usual point this time of year, due to the cold spring

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Pastel shades – tie-dye, nails, foxgloves

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A gift of sweet peas from John Carrier, master grower – June 22nd

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First salad

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White roses out under the apple tree

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Early artichoke – July 6th

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The strawberry tide begins (with spinach and chard)

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July 8th, after a weekend of heat

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Morello cherries on the ripe

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A field labourer picks berries

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Red, white & green – berries, cherries, lettuce and new potatoes

Peace Festival

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Catching up, a few shots from last month’s Leamington Peace Festival, always a reliable wig-out. This year we picked up a vintage garden spade along with a couple of T-shirts.

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A vintage salesman eyes fickle buyers

 

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Old tools are the best tools

 

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What’s so funny about peace, love & understanding?

 

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The solemnity of the didgeridoo tent

 

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