Keeping Up With David Copperfield

On a sultry, largely overcast day, with dribbles of rain and brief snatches of sunlight, Jackie carried out weeding and pruning while I helped with the clearing up, dead headed, and produced pictures.

Each of these images bears a title in the gallery.

Later, I scanned three more of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to ‘David Copperfield’.

The double page spread ‘The horses stopped at the stable gate’ contains the tell-tale sign of broken reins.

‘I had my arms round Mr Wickfield, imploring him by everything that I could think of to calm himself a little’

‘I encountered, at the corner, a woman’s face’

This evening we dined on tasty baked gammon; boiled potatoes; juicy ratatouille; and firm carrots and broccoli with which Jackie drank Cotes du Provence rosé 2019 while I chose Paarl Shiraz 2020.


  1. Another lovely display of your flourishing garden, especially your splendid roses, Derrick.
    Of this set of Mr Keeping’s inimitable illustrations, I enjoyed the superbly dramatic ‘frightful spectacle’ of Mr Wickfield’ upturned face portrayed with only only widely opened mouth and nostrils visible to the viewer. A woman’s face immediately demonstrates an unsavory character.

  2. Such a wonderful display of roses, at their peak – I think every image I enlarged was my favourite!
    I love the Drumstick Alliums too – I’ve not heard of them before; a fantastic rich colour, and great form.
    The poor man, with coat and hat in the last image, standing in the distance and being billowed by the wind, looks cold to the bone – his pose perfectly depicts the fact… so clever!

  3. I’ve had a day or two when I felt just like Mr. Wickfield, and could have stood a little calming myself. I’m sure a few hours in your garden would have calmed him. Thanks to all your work, it’s always possessed a certain benign atmosphere.

  4. I almost cooked a gammon joint too, but in the end saved it until later in the week to enjoy with new potatoes, corn on the cob and long stemmed broccoli.

  5. I picked out these words by Charles Dickens, they are superb Derrick ..
    “Hearts confined by cowebs would burst at last, and then Love was avenged .”

  6. Looks like a great day – as producer of pictures you have few equals but I’m beginning to wonder how much actual gardening you fit in with all the photography. 🙂

  7. It’s amazing how bright and cheerful your flowers look on an overcast day.

    When I was a child, my grandma did china painting. Roses were among her favorite subjects. Your photo of Mamma Mia would have been a perfect model for her–both fully opened and in bud.

  8. Mama Mia! what beautiful flowers! And “I encountered, at the corner, a woman’s face’ is an intriguing picture.

      1. We don’t have much South African wine here. What is a good, solid red you would recommend? I’ll see if I can find it.

  9. Your Garden Team Work was worth the effort, you two…looks beautiful! 🙂

    I love the Polish Spirit! We have Brother Stefan Franczak to thank for it!
    When Raymond Evison was visiting in Warsaw he was taken to Brother Stefan’s garden. Evison noticed a seedling plant growing on a fence. He recognized the potential in this little beauty. Brother Stefan generously gave him a plant to develop. Evison introduced it as C. ‘Polish Spirit’ to the world in 1990. Evison states that with Brother Stefan’s agreement he named it Polish Spirit. During his visit to Poland he became so impressed by the spirit of the Polish people. After the many difficulties they had been through since the last war and what they were achieving in their lives – that’s Polish spirit! 🙂

    I love reading the names of all your flowers in your gallery of photos! 🙂 All beautiful! But, I must say the Drumsticks jumped out at me! 🙂 Nice to see Florence’s begonias! 🙂 And to spot some owls! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  10. Everything looks beautiful, especially that purple clematis. I have one like that, but it was moved a couple of years ago, and with the heat, it is not happy right now.

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