A Mis-sold Cousin

Among this morning’s reminiscences is the tale of the mis-sold cousin. Becky told us about the announcement that she had a new cousin who was a girl. This was Alex, a few years younger. Our daughter was very young herself, but old enough to look forward to having someone new to play with, because she was surrounded by boys in the form of her brother Mathew and various other cousins.

When introduced to the two week old baby, Becky was so disappointed and remembers thinking “what can I do with that?”. Today she expressed the humorous view that this was a case of mis-sold goods.

After a tour of the garden on another drizzly day, Becky and Ian returned home this afternoon. These images include dahlias; a deep red gladiolus; three different views of the Pond Bed; hanging basket petunias alongside Japanese anemones; hanging basket lobelias, bidens, and petunias beside double lilies; hibiscus; roses; white sweet peas; mostly white planting on Dead End Path; yellow and orange crocosmias; raindrops on calibrachia and pelargoniums; and, finally, another lily.

Later, I published https://derrickjknight.com/2021/08/21/a-knights-tale-20-no-mod-cons/

This evening we dined on Jackie’s succulent cottage pie; crunchy carrots and cauliflower; and tender chopped cauliflower leaves, with which Jackie drank more of the Sauvignon Blanc and Tess and I drank Papa Figos Douro 2019 which she had brought with her.


  1. I thought the same when each sibling arrived. Let me think, yes I still think the same, in what am I going to do with them πŸ˜‰ Lovely bright summer flowers.

  2. The disappointment in the new cousin reminds me of our daughter – then about five – being SO disappointing when she discovered that our dog was unable to read!

  3. The story of mis-sold cousin is hilarious but I am sure it would be an oft told story in family gatherings. The jaw dropping gorgeousness of the flowers is fruition of back-breaking work in the garden, not to forget the efforts of the avid photographer.

  4. HA! What a sweet, funny story! πŸ˜€ Poor Becky! πŸ˜‰ She found out babies don’t do a whole lot that is fun! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›
    Ha! And just as you’re fully exhausted from all the work they are…they go and smile right at you and you recover instantly! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€
    Beautiful flowery faces from the garden! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Derrick … I seemed to have missed your article this morning … we have started “another” Lockdown and I haven’t come to grips with the situation yet … I have been lulling in dullness all day … despite the sunny day …

  6. I enjoyed the story of the mis-sold cousin, too! I can just picture Becky looking at the wee baby, thinking β€œwhat can I do with that?”.

    Your gardens still look so beautiful in late summer.

  7. Always fun to see your garden … and I’m constantly amazed at the variety of your flowers and the depth of your knowledge about them.

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