Through The Window

Another day of steady rain

washing windswept windows;

greasing patio paving;

puddling paths;

pearling maple branches;

glazing garden views;

dowsing patient sparrows;

refreshing colourful camellias,


and pink prunus Autumnalis,

ensured a day of Hardy reading and through-the-window photography.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy chicken curry and savoury rice followed by baklavas with which I drank more of the Cabernet Sauvignon.




  1. Your rain photos are so beautiful! And your descriptions of them a joy to read! 🙂
    The rain seems to make the colors brighter and it dresses the trees in “lights”! 🙂
    Be safe! Stay warm! Stay dry!
    A great time to read and relax!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  2. Lovely to see your garden even while it is drenched in rain, rain that does not seem to want to leave the British islands in the past weeks now. Here, however it was a lovely sunny day (for once) Great pictures Derrick, much enjoyed.

  3. Weather does not lose majestic power
    The clouds that gather turn to rain
    Even through a misty window pane
    I see memories written on wet petals
    And I wish that I could find a seed
    Plant a tree that grows higher and higher
    So that I could climb into the sky
    And harvest the ripe stars

  4. I know you’ve had a lot of rain lately, but I wanted to say I love watching rain through the window and that picture made me feel very peaceful 🙂

  5. Here in my little patch of Yorkshire we’ve had a beautiful sunny spring day, most unexpected because it began with extremely cold thick fog! Hard to believe that two days ago I woke up to snow, made for a good photo opportunity though.

  6. Amazing what you come up with on a rainy day – love the pearls! It’s a good day to be at home – I’m at home too even though it isn’t raining 🙂 (For some reason WP won’t let me like – perhaps I’ve been gone too long?)

    1. When I hit that like problem I go back to the alert page, click the star under the right side, and find I’m added to a list. Thanks very much, Pauline.

  7. We had lovely weather today and as it is most unusual for this to be the case, I would like to say that I am sorry about your rainy day, but not very.

  8. I haven’t thought of that, capturing raindrops through a window. I’ve always planned of taking photos of the rain but they always come back as bubbles.

  9. What a delightful post full of poetry and the wonder of water and windows. Your photos and descriptions make me smile. 🙂

  10. I took my time with all of your photos, Derrick. Though you are no doubt fed up with the rain, here is San Jose we are just now at 27% of normal rainfall for the season. In inches, less than four since July of 2019 when our season began. I LOVED seeing the puddles the wet, the green. It’s lovely.

  11. You are getting a lot more rain than we are in the east. Lovely day yesterday after the fog had lifted, hard frost this morning and now more sunshine.

  12. You are certainly getting a lot of rain–but I can see it gave you time to think up splendid commentary for your splendid photos, when you took a break from Hardy. 🙂 Your garden looks very springy. I like the flowering branches.

  13. Lots and lots of rain for you. Too bad you couldn’t send some of that rain to California. One of my blogging friends told me that her area in California has only had four inches since last July. Bad tidings for this year’s fire season. Which Hardy book are you reading? A few years ago, I read the “Mayor of Casterbridge.” Dark, but a masterpiece. Quite rightly a classic.

    1. The Return of the Native – prompted by John Corden’s recent visit. I enjoyed The Mayor of Casterbridge too, and would agree with your observation. Thanks very much, Laurie.

  14. Fantastic set of pictures of the rain-drenched garden taken through the windows, Derrick. It reminded me of the reason I have never been to England: the one week a year you have weather that feels comfortable to me does not coincide with my vacation.
    P.S. Baklava should be paired with unsweetened Turkish coffee, rather than dry red wine, in my humble opinion.

    1. Thank you very much, Dolly. You are absolutely right about both baklava and unsweetened Turkish coffee. Waiters always look askance at me when I say I don’t want sugar. The baklavas were little bite-sized ones taken after the wine had been drunk 🙂

      1. You are redeemed, in the eyes of all Turks. We have just recently found a restaurant where they make real Turkish coffee and homemade baklava, and know how to serve it. Bliss!

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