During a suitable break in the showers this morning I focussed on the refreshed flora in somewhat bedraggled bees in the garden.
Examples are antirrhinums and foxgloves;
Several bees, in their waterproofs, can be seen among these roses, petunias, geraniums, rhododendrons, poppies, and bottle brush plants.
Danni and Ella came to lunch bearing a packet of gloriosa vine corms for Jackie’s birthday. Naturally the Head Gardener planted them immediately.
During the pleasant afternoon that ensued, Danni reflected on Jackie photographing Derrick and Ella.
Later our great-niece slept on the sofa and was photographed by her mother.
Through the window above Ella’s head another proud parent, in the form of a cock sparrow, could be seen, head rapidly swivelling, guarding his nest by the side of the house,
This evening we dined on Jackie’s super spicy pasta arrabbiata and tender runner beans with which she drank Blue Moon and I drank Chateau des Maures Lalande de Pomerol 2016.