A Few Drops

This morning we enjoyed our first visit to Mum at Woodpeckers since the beginning of coronavirus lockdown. Limited to half hour pre-booked, after our temperatures had been taken, our hands sanitised, and safety questionnaires completed, we were able to converse through a screen, without masks. We didn’t enter the building, but were led round the outside to room 10 where the visit took place. Jane, the activities organiser, was doubling as receptionist today and expressed fondness for Mum, whom she clearly knew well. She delivered our mother to and collected her from the other side of the screen, with a generous 5 minute leeway either side.

Our second enjoyment of the day came for a brief 5 minutes or so after lunch, in the form of a heavy shower which did nothing to relieve the heat and humidity but did leave

a few drops for me to photograph on pelargoniums; California poppy; roses Special Anniversary, Mamma Mia, Twice in a Blue Moon, Festive Jewel, and osteospermum.

This evening we dined on a second sitting of Hordle Chinese Take Away fare with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Malbec.


  1. Your Mum is looking very well, despite the lonesomeness she must feel. Let’s hope you can all go out to lunch soon and have a family reunion.

  2. Oh, Iโ€™m so happy you got to see your Mum, Derrick. She looks great! Sadly the nursing homes in our state are still on lockdown. Chinese Takeaway and a visit with Mum, it doesnโ€™t get any better than that!

  3. Oh how lovely that you finally got to see your mom! She looks great. I’m also happy to hear that her facility took such careful precautions, and it seems like she is in good care there.

    Your rain bejeweled blooms are beautiful!

    A good day all in all, it seems. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Oh! Oh! Oh! I’m so excited that you got to visit with your Mum! I think of her often! She looks so healthy and beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚ This brings joy-tears to my eyes! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m glad they are taking such good precautions to protect the seniors. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love seeing all of the flowers accessorized with jewels! The Twice in a Blue Moon rose is a fav! ๐Ÿ™‚

    HUGS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Times are hard when it comes to seeing relatives so I am glad that you got a real visit even if it was constrained. The rain left you with good photo opportunities which you took advantage of perfectly.

  6. So glad you and your mother got to see and speak to each other! Bless Jane for taking good care of her!

    The flowers look fresh and bejeweled after a good rain.

  7. Glad to read about and see the photo of your visit. Your mother looks lovely, and I admire her outfit.

    Those photos of raindrops are delightful. Thank you for sharing them.

    1. And thank you very much, Jean. When Mum (also Jean) first woke in the morning she knew she was going somewhere today, but not quite where – so she donned her best skirt ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. That was a special day, for sure. It’s so hard for the elderly and their families; just at a time when contact is so important, it’s not possible. Take care.

  9. I’m very glad you got to visit with your Mum. It looks like you both enjoyed it. The details in your flowers and raindrops are exquisite!

  10. so happy for you and your Mum, Derrick. she looks good and truly delighted! photos of your rained flowers are exquisite. what a treat!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. What a happy and beautiful reunion ๐Ÿ’•โ˜บ๏ธ
    From all your pictures Derrick I must admit the ones with the raindrops are my favourites ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ Are simply stunning! When the time will come, I would really love some in my home ๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŒธ

  12. I love the raindrops on the flowers.

    I’ve now been able to have a couple of socially distanced visits with my grandparents. The care home staff have been wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I am so pleased you managed to finally visit your mum. She must have been delighted to see you.
    What absolutely stunning closeups of the raindrops on the flowers.

    Please could I take copies of two of your roses, to be used on my blog in a couple of weeks? They are absolutely perfect for what I was looking for. I will of course credit you and your blog.in the body of my post.

      1. Thank you so much, Derrick.
        I won’t give the game away right now, but the post will be published at the beginning of September. Thank you again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Nice to see your mother looking so well, I’m sure she looks younger than last time we saw her. The home seems to be doing a good job with care and visiting.

    Raindrops on roses…brilliant pictures once more (as I am working backwards).

  15. Your mom looks well. Glad you finally got to see her. It is so difficult to keep contact with the elderly during the pandemic but the place where she is seems to have found a great solution. The photography of the rain on the flowers is a treat like in the other post.

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