Netherfield Mobile Library: The library is due again in Netherfield, outside the Village Stores on 17 May 2016, between 13.00 and 13.20. There is such a diversity of reading matter out there in the wider world at the moment, it would be churlish not to visit and say hello to Ella. If the choice is so overwhelming Ella will be happy to recommend something that you can get your teeth into. As we have mentioned before there are books to suit every taste including the children. You can also browse the current crop of books on Despite the advent of electronic means to read your favourites, books having lost a little ground are now seen as the vibrant option, and are making a strong recovery. So come along and make your choice and get lost in a book.

Reflections on our Garden: We are coming to the end of the “primrose” and “cowslip” feste which has added a welcome palette of yellow to the greens of emerging summer. Acers are covering themselves in their bright red, lime green, orange and yellow delicate foliage which lifts a garden from the general to the spectacular. Weeds need the pull from a gloved hand and clumps of last year’s wonders, such as iris and crocosmia, we have deemed to lift and separate into smaller, more manageable units. Maybe not by the manual but a necessity for us.

The vibrant green of the wild garlic is now being adorned with the white spikey flower that eventually summon its demise. In forests and woodlands where the garlic has formed an unhindered carpet, the “sea” of white is a spectacle of unadulterated joy.

Lawns have begun to dry allowing a mow to take place, which does not hinder its future potential to impress the neighbours with its lines. Daffodils and some azaleas are past their best but retain a certain majesty in their demeanour as they wither and fade to be replaced by the blousy magnificence of the rhododendron.

Cornflowers are also pushing through the soil to brighten those corners of our garden which are put aside for the multitude of wild blooms, adored by early insect visitors. Such a yearly delight for those who witness this annual display.

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