A Closer Look

Elizabeth popped over this morning to collect some wood and nails to repair a fence on a temporary basis until Aaron can do it for her. She fixed a time with him.

Having concentrated on general garden views yesterday I took a closer look at

a variety of daffodils;

primulas and




anemone Blandas;




and Amanogawa cherry blossom.

This afternoon I watched the Six Nations rugby international between Scotland and France. Just before half time the game erupted into a 30 man handbags session. One player threw a punch and was sent off. The game deteriorated after that.

Elizabeth, Danni, Andy and Ella came to dinner.

Before hand the usual fun ensued. Elizabeth and Danni graced the white sofa.

Ella has taken a shine to the bell with which Jackie wakes me when I have fallen asleep during Bargain Hunt.

She also has a new game which involves a tender “Aahh” as she settles her Teddy down to sleep;

she is not averse to ditching him when distracted by her Dad.

The meal consisted of Jackie’s sublime beef pie; roast potatoes; crunchy carrots, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts; tender runner beans, and tasty gravy. This was followed by rhubarb crumble and custard. Elizabeth, Danni, and I finished the Cabernet Sauvignon, The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden, and Andy drank Diet Coke,

Jackie served up to eager participants.



Ella tucks in beside her mother.

Jackie took the two photographs of the infant enjoying her Kit Kat dessert.




  1. Bargain Hunt! I couldn’t go to sleep watching Bargain Hunt.

    I love daffodils and jonquils but we’ve never stayed long enough in a location to see them flower. Adding bulbs to my list.

  2. As usual I enjoyed seeing Ella.
    I love that you fall asleep during Bargain Hunt – just lately I’ve begun to nod off even earlier that that. Sometimes these early starts just catch up with us!

  3. Those pictures of Ella couldn’t be more precious. She seems to have grown quite a bit since the last set of photos featuring her. As for the flowers, I give the prize to the daffodils. They’re such happy flowers.

  4. Such beautiful flower faces! And Ella is even more beautiful! πŸ™‚
    Everyone needs a Teddy in their life! Teddy’s are certainly patient, understanding, comforting, kind, and used to intense loving! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  5. A fabulous looking pie. On Friday we had Coop steak pie knocked down fro Β£3.99 to .90p. It tasted so much better than it had a right to on account of the reduction!

    1. πŸ™‚ Do you remember Fray Bentos meat pies? πŸ™‚ They still sold them on the English counter at the supermarket in Sigoules (France). Thanks a lot, Andrew.

        1. I felt a bit ashamed when I bought them in France – not just because they were Fray Bentos but also because I was shopping from the English shelf πŸ™‚

  6. The weather finally breaks, the flowers welcome the sunshine, time for sports and family get-togethers with outstanding meals! You really have the life, Derrick!

  7. Your flowers are lovely, Derrick, but Ella steals the show. I’m glad you enjoyed a lovely family gathering, and it appears it is still raining outside your door.

  8. Such flowers you are finding in your garden! A joy to be able to observe since i am smack dab in the woods here and have to go in search of many flowers.
    And your family photos are always heartwarming–Ella is coming right along and is lovely! (I do wish I could post my own delightful, happy twin granddaughters’ pictures and more often my whole family–alas, they are generally “camera cautious” re: social media, but I might sneak one in now and again… the little girls are almost one year old now. :))

  9. Ooh, Derrick, that’s a good-looking pie. I really enjoyed your close up pictures and am glad you can get down to the flowers now. Great to see the family and your little sweetheart too.

  10. I am catching up today! Beautiful flowers and family! I could eat some rhubarb crisp right now.
    My younger daughter’s Teddy Bear is named Ahh Bear–she still has him. πŸ™‚

  11. The photos of the flowers are so vibrant. It makes me regret I am resizing my photos before loading them on WordPress, then I remind myself they (ie mine) are for illustrative purposes only. What a sweetie Ella is.

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