One Man Went To Mow

Mowing the lawn

Since having had the garden landscaped in order to both take care of the water issues and to give the garden a facelift, we now have quite a lot of grass that needs mowing. It grows so fast that I have to mow at least once a week. Good exercise though and I like to practice my stripes.

There’s been a change of colour in the garden – blue blossoms are now appearing. Continue reading


Botanical Impressions

One thing I miss about living in the UK compared to living here in the USA are the national organisations dedicated to the preservation of historically significant sites, buildings and countryside such as the National Trust and English Heritage. America is a comparatively young nation and as such the care and preservation of its historical structures and artifacts is mostly left up to individual societies, or indeed, individual people. There is, in fact, a “National Register of Historic Places” and individual States and Counties have their own historic districts – we actually live in one such area, the “York Chester National Historic District,” and the houses within its borders are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The parent body for the National Register is the National Park Service which is dedicated to safeguarding America’s nearly 400 national parks. Continue reading

Photographing Spring Flowers


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It’s been a little while since my last post for which I apologise. In between this post and my last one I’ve been focusing a lot on photography and my most recent foray into the world of color wheels and … Continue reading


Some Of What I Left Behind


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Looking at a map of the world the other day, in particular North America and Canada, I was reminded of how vast a land mass this continent that we now live on is. In the old days, the home country … Continue reading


‘Tis The Season …

Since coming to America I’ve discovered a health issue that I’ve previously been immune to. Allergies.

When I’d heard people talk about ‘allergies’ in the past it always reminded me of Jack Lemon as Felix Ungar in The Odd Couple. All my life I’ve been able to romp about in the hay bales, stroll through fields chest high with rape plants, inhale deeply the fragrances of flower gardens, watch fluffy clouds traverse across the sky whilst lying on my back in a summer meadow, etc, etc …… you get the picture.

Now, I have to take an antihistamine tablet everyday unless I want to spend the day sneezing my head off! The reason? This stuff: Continue reading


The Colours of Spring


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I seem to be leaping in and out of my chair the whole time, and rushing outside with my camera in hand, to take photos of the flora as spring shifts into full gear. After the somberness of winter it’s … Continue reading