“Hello Barbara”

Mum perked up yesterday afternoon. When Elizabeth and Jacqueline arrived she was sitting up in bed, drinking from her own cup. She stayed awake for two hours; conversed lucidly; and consumed a little liquid nourishment, antibiotics, and water. Staff were concerned about her breathing overnight and she is to be given morphine to make her more comfortable.

Early in the evening Jackie photographed her favourite view from the stable door, and two along the Gazebo Path.

For Mothers Day earlier in the year Becky sent her a bouquet from which she has rooted a chrysanthemum in water.

She also pictured this which has been nurtured to produce a flourishing plant and will find its way into a bed next year.

A significant amount of rain fell overnight, refreshing the garden.

I produced a range of random images each of which has its own title in the gallery.

While I was wandering about, Jackie was talking on the phone to our friend Barbara who had telephoned in response to my post of yesterday.

“Hello Barbara”.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s flavoursome sausages in red wine; crisp Yorkshire pudding; creamy mashed potatoes; firm carrots, cauliflower and peas, with which I finished the Rioja whilst the Culinary Queen abstained because she had enjoyed her Hoegaarden on the patio beforehand.

Published by derrickjknight

I am a septuagenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs

92 thoughts on ““Hello Barbara”

  1. For once, I’m here early, but of course, I’m not caught up on earlier posts!
    The garden flowers as per usual look magnificent and as for Jackie on the phone to Barbara, even more fun. Best well wishes that Mum gets better…

  2. I’m glad to hear that your mum is feeling better today. I can’t get over how beautifully your garden is still blooming! I particuarly like Jackie’s favorite view from the stable door. It looks like an enchanted garden.

  3. Chrysanthemums were about the only flowers I planted in the21 locations before this, I hope, is our forever home. They are very hardy. The flower photos are beautiful. The last photo reflects the pride and joy the garden brings to everyone. 😉

  4. YAY for beautiful flower photos!
    YAY for rain!
    YAY for Jackie’s smile! (Smiling and waving back to you, Jackie!)
    YAY YAY YAY for your Mum having some better moments. I’m still keeping her foremost in my prayers.
    I wish things were different (re: Covid19) and many of your family could surround her bed sharing love and memories.
    (((HUGS))) ❤

  5. Hello, Jackie, Barbara and Derrick!
    I’m so pleased to hear that your mother sounds more comfortable and was able to converse. I do hope that she has a better night. So good that she is being cared for so caringly.
    What a lovely thing, to have the rooted mother’s day chrysanthemum to look forward to.

  6. It’s a pity you weren’t part of that visit to your mum. It used to happen like that with my brother and me also. Wonderful, though, to see her alert for a time, and to know she is receiving such care and attention. The garden is bloomin’ beautiful as always, as is the radiant Jackie.

  7. I can see whey those are Jackie’s favorite views. These are especially lovely combinations! My favorites are the little daisies that seem to be decorated with orange leaves. I’m very glad your mum perked up and has been talking.

  8. Your garden is such a labor of love and joy. As are your posts. Thank you Derrick. Love to all of you, and to your mum. Mine is 94 and still follows politics, and gets incensed, daily.

      1. I’m sorry to hear this, Derrick. No matter our (or their) age, it still hurts to lose a parent. Please except my most sincere condolences. Thinking of you and your family during this time. x

  9. So happy to hear about your Mum!! Next time you talk to her, tell her I’m thinking about her!
    Rain water is great for all plants! It’s like watering and fertilizing at the same time!

  10. I’m on a catch up here and didn’t realise your mum had been ill.
    I am so very sorry to hear of her death. My condolences to you and your family at this sad time.

  11. Wow! What a great picture of Jackie. I look forward to seeing that smile when we arrive at the bus or train… need to look back and see what those options were… time’s getting closer. Bob returned last night from Alaska. Your garden photos are stunning as ever, Derrick. So lovely! Bee well!! Really glad to hear Mum perked up a little. That’s encouraging!!

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