Battleaxe visits gardens and goes to a piano recital (and has a pea) at Fairlight Hall. I was going to write another rant about Jeremy Corbyn, leadership and the Labour Party, but do you know what? I can't be bothered. That Labour Party is just so good at tearing itself apart. Remember Militant in the 1980's? Oh yawn, scratch.... Let's try and look at the brighter side of life.
|Beautiful view from Fairlight Hall|
Well, at least that vile Boris Johnson has gone.... and the even viler little Farage.
Now, change the subject.
|Jungly 'room' garden|
Battleaxe would like a pond, but the effort of digging one out of our solid garden clay has always seemed a bit daunting. However, a number of those gardens had raised ponds. Interesting.
|Beautiful water lily on someone's pond...|
|In the walled garden.....|
|In the walled garden|
|In the walled garden|
|Where are those slugs?|
|Nice arrangement of canes in the greenhouse|
A few minutes later we came across a little group of young men huddled nerdily around a lap-top - clearly the drone controllers. I said to them, joshingly:
'I might have to pay you to delete your footage - I confess, I had a pea in the Walled Garden and the drone saw me!' They all gawped at me, thunderstruck, so I continued, oblivious, 'I picked a pea, ate it, and your drone was just above me.' Light dawned and they fell about laughing. It took me a little too long for the penny to drop....
So, what of the music? The competition winner, Tsu-Yin Huang, seemed a very confident young woman, and attacked her playing with gusto. As so often at Fairlight Hall, the nearby birds were very interested in the music, and joined in. One piece, 'The Lark' by Glinka, had an attractive blackbird accompaniment. The piece itself was very Russian, with much emotive stuff on the low keys. Not very trillingly lark-like, I thought - not like our own dear Vaughan Williams.....
|Very English view....|
|The Hall - Is that the Taiwanese flag, for the pianist?|
On our way out, I chatted with a bloke who works at the Hall, looking after the land etc. He said that the organic methods used on the estate are attracting lots of wild life - more flowers, so more insects, more insects, so more birds. Apparently, they have nesting kestrels, and also lots of adders. I've never seen an adder in the wild...
Never mind adders, for the first time ever in Hastings, we had a squirrel visit our garden. He was clearly a youngster, from his sparsely furred tail. Here he is, drinking from the bird bath. I hope he can evade Digby. In Birmingham, we had a grim trophy collection of squirrels' tails on the notice board in the kitchen - the tail was all we'd find when we came down in the morning.
|Squirrel on our bird bath|