In The Blink Of An Eye

This morning I was lulled into enough of a false sense of security to imagine that, although the heavy winds that have beset us during the last two days and the rain had desisted, the storm may be over.

The late or very early blooming gladiolus, bowed but not broken, rested on Delta’s Sarah fuchsia now basking in sunshine.

Other fuchsias, such as Mrs Popple, Hawkshead, and Army Nurse continue to thrive.

As I wandered around in the glinting sunlight which licked the eucalyptus stems, the grasses and cordyline Australis, and the lingering beech leaves, I grew in confidence of an unexpectedly fine day. Madame Alfred Carriere shared the entrance to the Rose Garden with Summer Wine hips, while Paul’s Scarlet still soared above the wisteria arbour. The house formed a bright backdrop to the view from the red carpet rose in the Rose Garden.

The fallen pot and trug were easily righted, which is more than could be said for Aaron’s truck which had broken down as he tried to leave yesterday. After an hour he sought our blessing to leave it where it was, which of course we gave.

After lunch, in the blink of an eye, the rain returned.

A few more minutes’ respite was soon granted, after which the wind and rain continued to do their worst to blow our house down.

For tonight’s dinner Jackie produced a delicious beef and mushroom pie with boiled potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, and runner beans. She drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the La Repasse.


  1. The combination of wind and rain – Aaron’s truck breaking down … ended with a delicious meal and a good wine. Not a bad Sunday πŸ™‚

  2. Wild weather but still plenty of color. Hope the truck repair is not expensive for Aaron. That is one beautiful meal, which I am sure tasted as good as it looks.

  3. We had a little of that crazy wind today, Derrick. A little rain, but colder temperatures are blowing in. Sorry to hear about Aaron’s truck. Hopefully it won’t be a big expense. The meal looks perfect for a rainy evening.

  4. I am sorry about the weather damage, Derrick and Jackie, and Aaron’s broken truck. The colorful flowers in your garden still look beautiful in the angled sun, a sign of peace after the storm.
    Dinner does look good!

  5. The wind had blown itself out by the time it reached the east. A curious sort of day beginning and ending with storms but sunshine in between. That pie looks delicious.

  6. I’m glad you had a brief respite to wander in the garden and take those lovely photos. Poor Aaron! I hope he’s able to have his truck towed and repaired without too much trouble or expense.
    We’re getting Jill’s weather. Gusty wind all afternoon, and now we’re expecting thunderstorms–weird for November.

  7. Lovely day. Full of atmosphere. It’s windy here too. We had a Russian meal at Brighton Beach then a short trip to Jamaica Bay. The Snow Geese didn’t come close. Next Time…

  8. Sorry about the truck. I hope Aaron is able to get it fixed soon. I like the raindrops on the window, and I LOVE the photo of the crabapple tree with branches that make a heart jeweled with raindrops.

  9. Our wind gusted up to 30 mph yesterday. When I tried to get back into the car after going to the post office, the wind trapped me inside the car door frame.. . couldn’t pull it open! It played havoc with our trees and plants, too. You managed to capture some gorgeous shots in spite of your wind and rain, though … or maybe because of it?

  10. I don’t know about you, but these high winds and incessant rain is becoming more than annoying now, six weeks with only odd days of respite is too much, plus a reoccurring of leaking balcony doors!
    Your garden is holding up well, and supper looks so appetising.

  11. Sorry to hear about Aaron’s truck! Hope it can be fixed for him soon!
    A lot of action going on in the garden…bowing, thriving, licking, lingering, soaring…good stuff! πŸ™‚
    I love the photos with the rain on the window panes! πŸ™‚
    So glad the Wolf (winds) didn’t blow your house down! I remember how the 3 Little Pigs had such troubles.
    What a delicious meal! YUM!!!
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    PS…I will remember your first photo of the glad bowing and the fuchsia lending a shoulder…and it will encourage me. We all have to help each other not to break during the storms of life.

  12. What an excellent pie. I liked the rainy garden shots – you really captured things well on an unpromising day – but the pie is outstanding. I shouldn’t look at food photos when my thoughts are turning to lunch…

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