The New Generation

This morning I made a print of this photograph for Danni. I took it at Louisa’s fourth birthday party in May 1986, featuring Ella’s mother just seven months older than Ella is now.

Elizabeth, Danni, and Ella came to lunch, which is why I produced this picture.

Grandmother, mother, and daughter played on the sofa while we all chatted before tucking into the splendid array of cold meats, pies, cheeses, coleslaw, and salad produced by Jackie. The new generation of Keenan motherhood displays the same exploratory concentration as the previous one.

After lunch we visited Highcliffe Castle.

Rhododendrons and giant redwoods are among the shrubs and trees in the grounds,

around which fearless magpies stride.

There is even a view of the Isle of Wight and The Needles.

This evening we reprised lunch with which I finished the Carmenere and Jackie drank Hoegaarden.


  1. Precious family photos, Derrick. I love the print you made for Danni.
    The photos of you look like someone caught you in raconteur mode. πŸ™‚

  2. Loved the photo of the magpie. We have loads living in the Domaine but I’m never quick enough to photo them. Gorgeous selection of photos as usual Derrick.

  3. So glad you had such precious family with you! Looks like everyone had a happy time for sure! πŸ™‚ What beautiful babies! They bring joy, love, and laughter with them when they arrive! πŸ™‚
    Quite the castle you got there, Derrick! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ Bet it takes a long time to clean all the windows! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›
    That magpie looks determined and on the move! πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  4. Love the generations and the printed photo will be a keepsake- and for a second I was thinking “does he live in that big ol house” seeing you at the picnic table Out front – but it’s the castle of course – ha

  5. The little girl is certainly a keen observer. Those are exquisite frames of the Highcliffe Castle; I visited the longer post on the subject too which opened up a wealth of information.

    1. I’m very sorry about that, Byung. Sometimes I find with WP blips that it helps to close page and try again. Thank you for trying and for commenting

  6. Good morning Derrick!!! What a wonderful family!!

    Today the poem is for grandmother with love!!

    Only a grandmother can understand

    the tears that blur her eyes,

    Whenever she watches her

    daughter with her own child,

    Or, when her heart fills with pride

    to see her grandchild become a bride,

    Only a grandmother understands her role

    to provide a safe haven !!!

  7. Great family photos Sir. The young lady seems particularly engrossed in la grenouille! πŸ™‚

    It looked like a particularly good day for a ramble around an Historic castle and it’s good to see you looking so well. πŸ™‚

  8. What a wonderful photo! And a ditto day, by the looks and sounds of it. How wonderful to be surrounded by family! Makes me wish we weren’t so far away from ours…

  9. Sounds like a perfect afternoon. I do so enjoy exploring casles and learning about the history.
    Lovely photos of your family, I’m so glad you shared them here.

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