From Thunderstorm To Sunshine

With thunderstorms raging outside and my having been the last to succumb to the common cold that has worked its way through the household, I stayed inside and watched World Cup rugby starting with a recording of last night’s match between Wales and Tonga; then live matches between South Africa and Romania and between Australia and Fiji.

This evening the sun emerged and Jackie photographed

the hour before twilight. Each image is entitled in its gallery.

This evening we all dined on roast lamb; boiled new potatoes, firm broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, mint sauce, and meaty gravy, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the GSM.


  1. The cold wind made today an ‘indoors’ day despite the blue sky and weak sunshine: good for catching up with reading and talking to my scattered children! I hope your cold finally departs from your home before long … miserable intruder!

  2. Beautiful photos, Jackie and Derrick! You’ve captured the storm AND the sun. 🙂 Jackie’s rosebud, and her pigeons on Copper Beech, are fabulous!!!!!!! 🙂
    Hope you all feel completely well soon. ❤️
    Hope your team wins. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) and ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ to everyone in your home!

  3. That patio with the green chairs is just stunning. I remember when it was being built and it looks better than ever.

    Loved Jackie’s photo of the rosebud in September. Will it be able to bloom before winter?

    So sorry you all are feeling poorly. xo

  4. There is nothing like the blue sky freshness and cleansing of the air after a good storm! The lighting in the hour before dusk has its own magical qualities and is my favorite time to walk. Beautiful photos from you both.

  5. The weather has been changing here too — misty, drizzly mornings, and warm sunny afternoons recently! I guess fall is on the way!

  6. My favourite sport is football but I often strugle to watch a single match if it is particularly boring. You are doing so well to watch three rugby games in a day !

  7. Jackie’s photos are lovely.
    We were also expecting thunder storms but we were bypassed.
    I hope your cold gets better soon, stay warm and dry. 🙂

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