Thursday, June 13, 2013

Four swans, Atilla and bugle

Four swans in the moat at Groombridge. It is almost impossible not to photograph a swan if you have a camera to hand.

When I first met Henry, who works across the road whenever  they are building a pond or laying paving stones,  I called him Attila because of the way he razed the deserted garden where I had begun to grow vegetables. I resented his intrusion into what had become for me a haven of wildness and peace, and he couldn' t quite work out who I was and why I was there. Some years later with the vegetable garden  now laid out in tidy beds divided by brick paths, we seem to have got used to one another. Today we discuss horticulture, last year's terrible summer, and this year's terrible Spring. "Nice to see you again," he says and I reciprocate.

Walking up the drive to Burrswood through woodland, past a couple of fishing ponds and some fields I count and name the wild flowers on the verge. They include a few spotted orchids. The blue spikes of bugle are frequent, but a group in a patch of sunlight catches my eye and makes me reach for my camera.

2 comments:

Roderick Robinson said...

I know I shouldn't but I regret the fact that you and Attila now get on. There's far more literary potential in resentment than in acquiescence. However, I tell myself, you're not a character in Hand Signals and I should resist the temptation to manipulate.

I'm sorry I whinged about your blog being inacessible. But I didn't want you to think I was ignoring you. In just over a week or so I'll be back in Hereford with my more puissant computer.

Joe Hyam said...

Thank you for trying. I try to make it worth your while and worth the effort of others who battle with blogger.