Raindrops On Roses

Having been informed by Bob on https://lovewillbringustogether.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/blue-skies-smilin-at-me/ that Australia’s Perth is having its driest spell on record I thought that today’s overnight visitors from that city might not be too sorry that our day has been overcast and wet.

Nevertheless, our cordeline Australis, eucalyptus, and yellow bottle brush plant, all beginning to bloom, may give them more of a sense of home.

Before the rain set in I photographed this unknown peach rose nodding to Compassion, at bit further back.

When I stayed with Mick and Gay at Christmas 2007 on the occasion of Sam’s wedding to their daughter, Holly, the sun was so hot that it burnt all Gay’s roses. It seemed appropriate on this occasion to photograph raindrops on some of ours, bringing us full circle with the pair that began the day dry. They are, of course, https://youtu.be/33o32C0ogVM

Late this afternoon these Australian friends arrived to spend time with us. We all dined on Jackie’s wholesome cottage pie; crunchy carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli; with flavoursome gravy, followed by strawberries, meringues, and ice cream. Hoegaarden; water; and The Long Way Round reserve Carmenere 2018 was imbibed. Afterwards we enjoyed convivial conversation including cultural exchanges and reminiscing before departing to our respective beds.


  1. β€˜And whispers on kittens’ came to mind when I read your title ?. The rain has been great but we need so sun now – but not to burn your roses.

  2. House guests are a wonderful thing from time to time! Just to keep you informed on the global situation, we too are having the warmest and driest May ever recorded. I was bought a wee bunch of early cheers last night, not usually seen for another few weeks, though I recall last year noting the various narcissi were flowering earlier than usual. The new ‘normal’ has still to be understood.

  3. Raindrops on roses…a few of my favourite things, too! Your photos of the roses are spectacular, Derrick! πŸ™‚
    I love when the rain comes and washes, and nourishes, the flowers, plants, trees, etc.! They just seem to smile…and that makes me smile! πŸ™‚
    YAY for friends, and for Jackie’s delicious meal! πŸ™‚
    HUGS to all!!! from me!!! πŸ™‚

  4. Marvelous images…I can just taste the dulcet freshness in the air. Wonderful, amiable account to complement these beautiful images. Ground as hard and barren as sandstone, here, right now. Our methodical monsoon summers more a memory now. Still get the occasional squall, or even a rain system that lasts for a few days, allowing one to prance through the livid green glittering with “liquid sunshine” once again. Happy rambling to you.

  5. Those are some of the best images of raindrops on roses I have seen in a while. Global warming will smother the planet soon if we don’t wake up now.

  6. Rain drops glistening on the roses, so beautiful!
    We’ve got our fair share of rain too, but seeing as it’s Yorkshire perhaps I should say unfair share!

  7. You’re making me homesick! πŸ˜‰

    The photo of the red rose with raindrops ( i think that’s what we used to call them??) is beautiful. πŸ™‚

  8. Your raindrops on roses photos are splendid. I didn’t need your link for Julie Andrews to sing the song in my head. πŸ™‚ We’ve had our own raindrops on roses the last couple of days—unfortunately the rain was from thunderstorms with threats of tornados. And we have more of that kind of wild, unsettled weather on the way this afternoon.
    It sounds like you had a lovely evening.

      1. Well I am no longer in Dubai so I get quite some rain. In fact I spent 6 months in India and there were several cyclones. It was funny to go from a completely dry weather to cyclones πŸ˜€

          1. Oh definitely, Where I am the water supplies are so cheap in comparison. More like a 50th of the price.

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