Sunday, 2 August 2015

Is isolationism the political goal of this government?

Living in Kent this summer has meant living with Operation Stack. The cost of #OpStack to the UK has been estimated as £250 million, so far. So, the solution? Compensation from France for the border-blocking strike action? Processing the few thousand asylum seekers efficiently and swiftly before it all gets out of hand and they resort to desperate, life-threatening (to both hauliers, holidaymakers & asylum seekers) measures?

 Um, no... as every isolationist state knows, what you need is a fence.  With guard dogs and electrification and when that doesn't work, more, bigger fences called 'rings of steel' and maybe double fences, with no-man's land in between, and then what...  minefields and sniper guns?

Here's a reminder of the first article of the universal declaration of human rights  ~   All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. 

Maybe we should start ring-fencing our humanity instead.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Weeding, deadheading and watering...

July days are full of 


Day lilies



Shady corners

Big blue skies and lots of 

Weeding, deadheading and watering...

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Not quite so wordless Thursday...

After the hottest July day since  the last last one, it's very pleasant to have some rain today, a cooling tonic after yesterday's humid heat. I didn't get time to do a Wordless Wednesday yesterday so will make up for it today with some words as well. 
I can't help noticing the lawn* needs less mowing as we move into summer and the grass slows down. Instead, I have a rambunctious chorus of daisies, dandelions, clover, vetches and what more discerning gardeners would call weeds (what I would call native flora vital to our insect and bee populations) shouting at me with an array of bright flowers and seedheads, competing valiantly with the roses for top billing at the moment. The lavender, japanese peony and jasmine are next to flower, the irises and love-in-a-mist running to seed. Not sure how 'flaming June' flew by so quick in the garden but loving the start of a flamboyant July.

* I need to come up with a new name for the space between the flowerbeds and fencing... lawns are so last century... 'garden meadow' or more acurately in this case 'weedy scree' maybe. 

full blown tea rose


chusa palm and climbing pelargonum

small tortiseshell butterfly

humming bird hawkmoth

seed head

wood pigeon 

early dahlia