Archive for October, 2008

Melancholy pleasures

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

In the middle of the summer, I was noodling about on Google as one does, and came across something I couldn’t resist. A black lily. It is called ‘Landini’ — ‘The darkest colour Asiatic lily on the market - velvety deep burgundy coloured flowers that appear black to the naked eye. A really strong and […]

Global Village

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Calamity is calamity. Yesterday morning, my brilliant, beautiful, dearly beloved agent, Pat Kavanagh, died quite suddenly of a brain tumor which was only diagnosed five weeks ago. A personal loss on a scale I cannot begin to describe and have no intention of trying. But, it is so often the human lot to be wandering […]

Magnificent Winter Gardens

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

The Refugee Gardener has outdone himself.
It has turned suddenly and spitefully cold, a physical shock of cold when one goes into outlying rooms of the house, or walks up out of the shelter of the trees around the garden. There is a phrase which our students use, I discovered to my delight the other day, […]

Farewell to Adelaide

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

We have lost Horrible Adelaide the rough cat — she has been failing somewhat for about a month and a half, with a limp which has become more and more pronounced. There have been a couple of major cat-fights out in the gloaming, and since she has always been the most bellicose of the Roughs, […]