Friday, 27 March 2015


 Anyone who has followed my blog for a few years will know I have a red amaryllis which is over thirty years old and still going strong. But I have another.  In 2006, my mother in law from my first marriage died, leaving her son as the only remaining member of her immediate family.  He had arranged for her house to be cleared after he had taken anything he wanted to keep and gave me the keys to see if there was anything I would like. In the small conservatory, at the back of the house, there were a number of plants which had not been watered for several months and I took pity on one or two and took them home.  Most never recovered, but an amaryllis was sprouting again after a little t.l.c. and so I kept it.  Each year it grew leaves but never flowered.  After nine years of anticipating a flower, I had just decided that if it did not flower this year I would chuck it out.  It must have heard me because lo and behold, this year it has finally flowered. I had no idea what colour it would be and it is quite different from my deep red one, which is a bonus.
Because my other amaryllis has been with me for over thirty years, this one is now known as Amaryllis jr.  and will not go into the compost.

Friday, 20 March 2015

A Sunny Day

We had a dull start to the day and then gradually the sun came out, but something was wrong...

 The birds were vey quiet and a somewhere a dog was howling.  Had I missed something that was on the news for the last few days almost 24/7?

Well not really, this was about as much as it got.  Not a total eclipse, but pretty good and quite spooky.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

It Must be Spring

We have just had a nice day out at Lacock Village and Lacock Abbey, both places that feature often as a backdrop for filming cinema and TV period dramas.

A street in Lacock village

Lacock Abbey
Although the daffodils are not yet all in bloom, and the snowdrops are just past their best, the whole place was covered in crocuses and the sunny day made it feel very spring like.

A mass of crocuses
Lacock Abbey was once the home of the Talbot family and Fox Talbot, the British inventor of the photographic process.  He was the first to use a negative.   It is one of the statetly homes of England and has many of the trappings of the luxurious life style of its past.  In order to prevent deer wandering into the formal grounds surrounding this kind of house, a kind of moat was used which became known as a Ha-Ha.  The idea was that your guests could see an uniterrupted view of the vast estate without being hindered by walls or fences.  It was invisible from the house and I have often wondered if any house guests ever fell in when slightly confused by the intake of strong drink.

A Ha Ha