Determined to comply with our current Covid constraints Danni and Ella, to be joined by Elizabeth, for whom entry to the house was forbidden, were on their way for a tour of the garden when
a very heavy downpour dumped a damper on the proceedings. Raindrops dripped from solanums, crab apples, weeping birch, and pelargoniums. Even Absolutely Fabulous hung her bedraggled golden locks.
Fortunately the rain had ceased by the time they arrived. Ella made directly for the house in search of her favourite mice and other toys. Danni made an effort to explain restrictions and her daughter
diverted in search of monsters. She had to emit the roars herself.
Jackie led her to the dragons, but she became more engrossed in the unicorn and the Waterboy.
When Elizabeth arrived, her granddaughter introduced her to me.
Jackie had placed dry cushions on the benches on which Danni, Ella, and Elizabeth sat while opening one of our presents to our great niece. Like any other self-respecting child not yet two, Ella handed the enclosed parcel to her grandmother, and set off with the bag announcing “I’m going shopping”, leaving her mother to admire the Sloth Christmas jumper.
The sound of the horn on our coffee trolley alerted us to the fact that Ella had escaped into the house and was now repeatedly striking the reception bell with the flat of her hand. We enjoyed a reasonably intelligible conversation and she turned her attention to the toys strewn about the sitting room.
The sun made feeble attempts to throw light on the proceedings before it was time for
little tarts and departure.
Becky joined us for the weekend. The three of us dined on Mr Chan’s excellent Hordle Chinese Take Away fare with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and our daughter and I drank Mendoza Malbec 2019.
The adorable child is growing big!
The jumper is for age 4-6. Thanks very much, Dolly
Thought so; big and beautiful. You are very welcome.
Ella is definitely a 2 year old bundle of joyful curiosity, and I enjoyed our adventures in ‘Knight Park’
Thank you very much, Ivor
Ella is absolutely beautiful! ??
Thank you so much, Beck
It looks like a delightful family visit. It’s good you can still get together. Ella is adorable–my sister and I had curls like that, and so did our older daughter.
I love the raindrops on the weeping birch.
Thanks very much, Merril. Her hair is just the same as her Uncle Adam’s was as a baby.
Thanks very much, Sheree
Ella is adorable, and she is growing so fast! She loves to point, doesn’t she? <3
Yes, she is a great pointer, Lavinia. Thanks very much.
Goodness me, is it really almost two years since Ella made her first appearance – I have February in my head!
Very close, Sue. Late January. Thanks very much
It’s great that you and your family can still visit safely.
Thanks very much, Rosaliene. They are all very careful.
Thanks for sharing your family visit, Derrick. I always love to see the smiling faces. Ella is so adorable! She seems so curious.
She is serious, inquisitive, and amusing. Thanks very much, Jill
A nice family time, Derrick.
Thanks very much, Mike.
Those wonderful photos made me smile. Definitely lifted the mist away.
That is good, Gary. Thanks very much
It was fun watching Ella explore and discover. Seeing things through the eyes of an inquisitive child makes everything like new. I also liked the rain jewels on the weeping birch.
Thank you very much, JoAnna. It keeps us alive ourselves
Quite adventurous, and that’s good. 🙂
Indeed. Thanks very much, Bridget
What lovely photos capturing lovely memories! Ella adds beauty to the garden…warmth and sunshine every day no matter what the weather..and joy to life! 🙂
Love her gorgeous hair! 🙂
“I’m going shopping.” HA! 🙂 Definitely all girl! 😉 😀
One of my great nieces (as a preschooler) always wanted to play shopping…and she found a playing card that she used as her credit card…she knew how to use a credit card HA!…guess she’d seen her mom shop a lot. 😀
Thanks very much, Carolyn. I’m pleased to have stirred a memory. X
One day, Ella is going to point for England.
Certainly. 🙂 Thanks a lot, John
Wonderful captures. Ella is very sweet.
A wonderful visit, despite the weather.
Thanks very much, GP
Ohhh she is so sweet! Reminds me so much of my daughter as a child. those cheeks…?? Please give her a big big hug from Italy. All the best! ??? Xristina
Thanks very much, Xristina – will do when it is permitted once more
High energy visit! I’m feeling tired just looking at the photos.
Yes – those were the days, Quercus. 🙂 Thanks a lot
Getting used to life outdoors. What will you do this Christmas?
We will have two offspring couples and one little granddaughter staying over. Thanks a lot, Andrew.
We have decided to ignore the amnesty as an unnecessary risk and will spend the holiday alone.
That could be wise. We will but see
Looks like a wonderful day with a joy a child brings to life.
Indeed, Mrs W. Thanks very much
How lovely to see little Ella again! I see she hasn’t lost her penchant for pointing.
A pointer she certainly is, Liz. Thanks very much.
You’re welcome. 🙂
Sweet child! She looks so bright and lively.
She is indeed, Laurie. Thanks very much
Such a cute little girl!
Thank you very much, Dwight
Oh my! I am in love with those adorable curls and those chubby cheeks and busy, little fingers! What a JOY she is! Thanks for letting us share in your visit with Ella and her mommy <3 <3
And thank you for enjoying it, Jan. X
She’s too cute and brings lots of joy ?
Thanks very much, Ribana. I do appreciate all your reading in your busy life.
I may not be present everyday but I’m trying my best to keep the pace ? And then I always enjoy your photos ?
You always catch up well. I’m pleased you enjoy my photos.
Ella is quite the sunshine over the proceedings. The dripping wet flowers are cute!
Thank you very much, Uma