Throughout the day the promised rain fell steadily.
Early this evening we experienced a power cut for a couple of hours. The meat was in the oven; nothing worked; because of lockdown no alternative eating establishments were open; I had not prepared a post.
Fortunately the Culinary Queen had stocked up yesterday on salads and cold meats and had hard boiled a couple of eggs this morning. We therefore dined comfortably on an uncooked meal while watching Nugget swooping onto his feeder and making off with mouthfuls.
I finished reading Anthony Trollope’s “Framley Parsonage”, and will report on that tomorrow.
Also fortunately the Assistant Photographer had toured the garden earlier in the day to “photograph some wet things”.
Here they are. Notice all the raindrops. I trust the pictures can speak for themselves because I am knackered.
Amazing and beautiful photos! We could use your rain here in the desert, send some! ?
Thanks very much, John. This is the first we have had for a month. I hope you get some soon.
The pictures do indeed speak for themselves. Raindrops on flowers and plants never fail to delight.
Thank you very much, Laurie
I can hear those bluebells squeak as they do when wet and you walk on them. The wisteria reminds me of my father for which I thank the Assistant Photographer. And you, I thank for dolling out a post so late in your day. The rain glistened plants are a joy to behold.
Thanks very much, Fiona
Thank goodness for the redoubtable Mrs Knight! I hope the roast was saved! There’s something particularly appealing about spring rain on spring flowers! We are just back from our walk in the particularly wet rain that arrives here along with Autumn. It’s an easterly wind – the wind begins life as a southerly, swoops over the Pacific up from the Antarctic and as it hits South America, bounces back towards us carrying all that ice and water and spraying it down on us. This rain enters every little gap in coat and boots and hat and soaks down to the skin. Arriving home, despite heavy duty rain gear and boots and dog well wrapped as well requires a complete towel down and for me dry clothing. Siddy just feels a bit damp for a bit until he warms up 🙂 I much prefer to walk in spring rain!
That sounds most unpleasant, Pauline. This was our first rain for a month. Thank you very much X
The photos DO speak for themselves and they are speaking beautifully! Oh, the raindrops adorning the flora! Amazing photos, Jackie! 🙂 Thank you for sharing them with us! 🙂
A meal and a show! How wonderful that Nugget entertained you while you dined! A meal and a show reminds me of dinner theaters or Las Vegas! HA! 😛
Sorry to hear about the power outage. UGHS 🙁
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Some people, like flowers, give pleasure, just by being.”
That describes Derrick and Jackie! 🙂
(((HUGS))) for the UGHS! 🙂
Thank you so much, Carolyn X
Lovely pictures. No rain here just a cold easterly wind. Lots of sun so fine in the shelter.
Thanks very much, Andrew.
Once again the assistant photographer comes up trumps. A wonderful gallery. Still dry as a bone up here.
Thanks a lot, Tootlepedal.
Wow gorgeous photos
Thanks very much, Lynn.
The colors are so beautiful in the wet
Jackie is giving you a run for your money with these photos. The way that little boy sculpture has his had, it’s as if he’s saying, “uh-oh, what have I done? Am I in trouble for that?”
I certainly wouldn’t compete with her, Gwen. 🙂 Thanks very much.
And that should have read “hand”, not “had” – but I’m sure you got the gist.
I actually read it as “hand” 🙂
Everything looks fresh and beautiful, Derrick and Jackie! Jackie – I loved your photos! We did not get out rain here, just a hint of it. Forecasters are calling for 50% chance of rain on Saturday. We need it now, for sure.
I hope you get as much rain as we did. Thanks very much, Lavinia
So far it is all grey sky and no rain. 🙁 Perhaps the afternoon will bring some.
That orange and purple pansy made me think of Mardi Gras. As usual, there’s no way to chose a single favorite, but that last photo is wonderfully appealing — both the colors and the structure of the leaves.
Thanks very much, Linda – one of my favourites, too.
Leave it to Jackie to come through in a pinch with a culinary delight. And the photos…gorgeous! Glad Nugget came by to say hello.
Thanks very much, Jill 🙂
Thank you very much, Mrs W.
Jackie’s morning photos superbly show how the raindrops enhance the different colour shades of your beautiful garden Derrick….
Thank you very much, Ivor
Beautiful photos, so rich in texture, just like you and Jackie. You, two make a great team!
Thank you so much, JoAnna
The raindrops on the flowers are so beautiful! Gorgeous and perfect photos Derrick!
Thanks very much, Ribana.
🙂 Don’t over do it Steve.
Again, a beautiful set of photos.
Thank you very much, Chrissy.
The wet things are gorgeous! So glad she headed out for some photos. I hope you are all doing okay with all this craziness!
We are fine, Lisa. As we have no gas, running out of electricity last night was a nuisance, but we survived. I hope you are all OK, too. Thanks very much.
Some wet things turned out to be very interesting and a vast range of colours furnished by flowers and leaves and trees. Thanks for the brunch! I am waiting for the instalment from Mr Trollope.
Thanks very much, Uma. This Trollope was heavy going – as you will see.
Wet things are very attractive to look at from a dry perspective.
🙂 Thanks very much, Anne.
What a wonderful photos and a non cooked meal is always great on occasions 🙂
Thanks very much, msw
Jackie’s pictures certainly did speak for themselves. They told a tale of hard work and enormous pride in your beautiful garden of England. ?
Thank you so much, Sue
Amazingly beautiful garden and photos
Thank you very much, Sheree
You had rain! I’m so envious – and I never thought I’d feel such after a winter of drizzle and downpours ?
I hope you get some soon. Thanks very much, Helen
Thank you, Derrick!
Sorry for the problems, but you seem to have handled them with ease!!
Thanks a lot, GP. These times make us punch-drunk – so, what can an outage do? 🙂
I always enjoy your beautiful flowers Derrick, but there is something more delightful when you capture the raindrops, it seems to bring their beauty and reality alive, cheers.
Cheers, too, Ian.
Yes, the pictures can speak for themselves! They’re lovely. In conjunction with the title of the post, they brought to mind Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “Pied Beauty.”
A nice association, Liz. Thank you very much.
I love rain pictures. How did you know?
Call it intuition. Thanks a lot, Bridget
The assistant has caught up with the master Derrick. These photos of the flowers are superb. Sorry you had a power outage. I am yet to experience that here. In India it was a regular thing and I was there for 6 months.
She’s only Assistant in name – she has more talent than I do and doesn’t do much photography. So pleased you don’t have outage to contend with as well as everything else. Thanks very much, Geetha
Welcome Derrick. Yes, it was a joke as I saw other photography she made which was beautiful. Thanks, I have much to be grateful for.
Beautiful, Derrick. ‘Knackered’?never heard it. Your own? Love it. With permission, I’ll use it…?
🙂 Thanks a lot Steve
Derrick, I looked up knackered and as a verb, it makes good sense. But, look up ‘knacker’ as a noun and it quite different.
🙂 Thanks a lot, Steve.
Really like the bluebells – I’m missing my forest, which will be carpeted with them at the moment! 🙂
We would have been out in the bluebell woods ourselves in normal times. Thanks very much, Tiny.
It’s lucky that I can make it to the woods and back, with kiddies in tow, within the allotted exercise hour! As we get our stamina & speed up, we’re getting a little further every day ?
A splendid collection of ‘wet things’ 😀 … hopefully your knackered-ness is a general malaise and not something specific?
Thanks a lot, Widders. Simply that I was working much later on the post than usual because of the outage 🙂
The “wet things” look splendid and the pictures do speak very eloquently. My compliments to the Assistant Photographer. Feel better, Derrick!
Many thanks, Dolly. I’m fine.
Glad to hear that, Derrick. My pleasure.
Oh well done, well done Jackie! These are lovely, some simply stunning. And you have an artist’s eye as well as Derrick, I can see, because some of these are cropped so nicely. Love the tulips bending in front of the rocks. The wisteria is gorgeous. The close ups with all the saturated colours in the saturated day are beautiful. What a tour. Thank you.
Thanks very much from us both Crystal. Jackie certainly does have an artist’s eye.
It’s sweet how you and Jackie make the most of your days; regardless of what setbacks they may bring. Dry or wet, your garden is breathtaking! Always thankful to see your flowers; even though you’re knackered out afterwards. No pain; no gain. ?
🙂 Yep. I was just tired because I’d posted all that after 8 p.m. Thanks very much, Rose
The wet plants elicit many emotions, yet “lovely” is the most feeling they evoke. Thank you for the beautiful photos.
Thank you very much from us both, Byung.
My pleasure. Stay healthy, you both.
We could use your rain in California! Simply beautiful pictures.
Thanks very much, Patsy
You’re welcome, Derrick!