Before The Gloom Descended

Neither seduced by the sultry heat that had by early afternoon almost dried the patio after much overnight and morning rain, nor the sunshine that for a short period bathed the garden, we spent some time laying down the usual plants and artefacts likely to suffer from the further storm forecast to rage from this evening onwards.

Jackie has this time pinned down the feet of her most vulnerable owl.

I also photographed flowers before the gloom descended.

Thereafter I took a large bite out of “Doctor Zhivago”.

This evening we all enjoyed succulent pork chops; crisp roast potatoes, the softer centred being sweet; crunchy carrots, and firm broccoli, with which Jackie drank more Sauvignon Blanc and I drank more of the Graves.


  1. Your raindrops on the geranium petals is lovely. Good luck with the storm.

    I hope your Dr. Zhivago snack didn’t spoil your appetite for dinner. 😉

  2. That’s a good idea, Jackie! The storms keep breaking your stuff up which is a bummer. Beautiful photos, Derrick! ????????????

  3. And I discovered another spelling difference between British and American English. We’re all about ‘artifacts’ over here. That said, I hope all of yours survive the next blow.

  4. What a miserable summer. We are promised sunshine but all we get are grey clouds. BUT I think the weather in the south west is far worse. At least we’ve avoided the gales… so far!

  5. We have a strong wind here Derrick, but the day will be fine, reaching 17′ C … so I am going to the football game this afternoon … well done Jackie with owl …

  6. It amazes me how many different kinds of beautiful flowers can live in your one lovely garden! like that owl and how Jackie pinned it down. Good idea.

  7. Another storm, eh? Sigh. I’m glad the owl has been secured for the onslaught that’s a clever idea, Jackie. I’ll check back tomorrow, but meanwhile, fingers crossed.

  8. I’m sure that the phrase “he’s nailed to the perch” has occurred in Monty Python, possibly even in the legendary story of the Norwegian Blue.

  9. I’m glad you’ve done what you can to preserve your precious garden in the face of the predicted storm. I pray your flowers and artifacts survive the onslaught!

  10. I’m glad, Jackie anchored the owl. From reading the comments, it seems the storm passed you by and that is good news.

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