Far From the Madding Crowd – Times Two

Far From the Madding Crowd: Part 1. Wisley. Far From the Madding Crowd at Wisley Gardens. Book your online ticket early. The timed slots soon get filled up. Choose an early one to avoid car park bedlam. But don’t be deterred, later is OK if you are patient. Late afternoon is a lovely time to…

The Rolls-Royce Wildlife Garden

Bringing Nature to Life at the Home of Rolls-Royce A Children’s Competition We are privileged through Andrew (Bobby’s son) to have an insight into what happens at Rolls-Royce Motor cars beyond building ‘The Best Car in the World’. And now, we are excited about his latest project. Bringing Nature to Life at the Home of…

Bobby’s Big Garden Birdwatch… Mindfully

Garden Birdwatch Each year, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) organises the Big Garden Birdwatch. Always the last weekend in January, we take part and send our results to the RSPB on their dedicated website. A few months later they publish the results. A lot of the 2020 story is covered in…

Wisley Christmas Eve: Mindfully Arboretumanally

Mindfully Arboretumanally As Bobby struggled with the life he was leading a few years ago, he turned to mindfulness to see if that would help. It did, particularly when practised in a group of people. Some time later, he mentioned it to the Gentle Author (GA) and also that this best friend was a teddy…

If you go Down to the Woods Today

If you go down to the woods today You’re sure of a big surprise! If you go down to the woods today You really don’t need a disguise, For I’m the only bear that ever there was Whose hiding here from Bobby because

Wisley Titbits.

Where once we charged all over the place: Up to London, to the cinema, to the theatre, the BFI, St Martin’s in the Fields, riding on our senior railcard, luxuriating with our free bus pass – we now realise that many pleasures open to us over many years have been neglected due to the absence…

Dunsborough Park 2020

Bertie: “Bobby – is it the last day of summer?” Bobby: “Looks like it, Bertie. We are going to Dunsborough Park tomorrow and the forecast is cold and wet!” Bertie: “Count me out.” Bobby: “I already have!” Bertie: “Thanks.”

The Summer Rain

Bertie: “Wot??? We are going to Wisley Gardens this afternoon. It’s raining and forecast to get worse!” Bobby: “There is no ‘we’. You are always going on about your mohair, so I am going on my own!” And he did.

Goodbye Montana.

Goodbye Montana We came to live in Laurel Cottage in 1999. Diddley already lived here. The house looked very different then.

Tulips at Dunsborough Park

Tulips Back in April 2015, Diddley showed Bobby an advert in the local newspaper for a “Tulip Festival”. It was at a garden he had not heard of. Dunsborough Park at Ripley. Not far from RHS Wisley Gardens. Just about this time, in April. They went and loved it. Particular the charity run garden tea….

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