Seasonal Juxtaposition

Ellie loves pens, pencils, and drawing. She also has her favourite pictures and likes to combine the two.

She crams as many as she can into each hand and wanders around with them, occasionally sitting with them into her “hidey” place behind the velvet sitting room curtains, where she enjoys adding her own embellishments to adults’ drawings and photographs.

Close scrutiny of her copy of her favourite photograph will reveal Ellie’s fine lines on “Granny”Jackie’s knitted jerkin and on “GramGram” Becky’s neck.

Our front garden currently accommodates both the early blooms of Amanogawa cherry and the lingering prunus Subhirtella “Autumnalis”;

the continuing prolific camellias are seen alongside the magnolia “Vulcan” and the white viburnum, one of several in flower since Christmas;

Pale pink tulips, a bright pink hyacinth, and “Jetfire” daffodils jointly brighten the beds. Such are some of our unusual seasonal floral juxtapositions.

This afternoon I watched the Six Nations rugby matches between Ireland and Scotland and between Wales and Italy.

Becky is visiting Scotland with the Grandfamily for the weekend, but had left good portions of her tasty spaghetti Bolognese meal for Jackie and me to finish for tonight’s dinner with which I drank more of the Shiraz.


  1. Gorgeous photos. Looks like Ellie is developing both artistic and musical talents. I hope she has not developed a preference for walls as her pallete.

  2. Thank goodness for photos saved online and prints!
    Definitely some natural nature changes here, som flowering that were just plain bushes over the summer

  3. Ha! and Aw! Ellie sees what needs to be added, and she adds it! (wink, wink) She is a joy! It’s wonderful she has a love of art. That is a good thing for children. 🙂
    Your seasonal floral juxtapositions are lovely! The flowers seem to be competing! All so beautiful! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    PS…one of my fave month of March quotes… “March is a tomboy with tousled hair, a mischievous smile, mud on her shoes, and a laugh in her voice.” – Hal Borland 🙂

  4. I watched a program the other day and one of the presenters was offering tips on how to remove ballpoint pen and felt tips from walls. Unfortunately, I forgot to write down the tips and now all I can rememeber isone that used hair laquer.

    Oh and as for velvet curtains, despite being professionally cleaned, the remains of a child’s felt tips were still on my velvet curtains ten years later when we finally changed them. You might want to bear that in mind if you’re not thinking of changing yours anytime soon.

    Ikea do some great small tables for tiny tots… just saying 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Sue. Fortunately Ellie’s colours wash out of her clothes and she doesn’t write on walls – yet

  5. I am able to view all the photos of this post and it makes me so happy. The pics of the blooms are at the same time beautiful and soothing.

    1. Thank you so much, Geeta. I hope you will continue to be able to view the photos.

  6. My interpretation of Ellie’s artwork is that she’s adding long hair on the shoulders of her grandmothers and maybe a crown or a hat on Jackie. What a fun age! The flowers are beautiful!

  7. Delightful photos of family and flowers! Having so many generations around is a special joy, I think–and also to be able to share your beautiful garden with them.

  8. I think Ellie has no lack of attention in your family. Everyone always looks delighted with her presence, in spite of altered family photos. How are the walls faring?

  9. How wonderful to have so much blossom in your lovely garden! Your photos are gorgeous as always. It was sensible of you to give Ellie her own copy of the photo and she has embellished it very tastefully.

  10. Hi Derrick, the flowers are a delight. Ellie is so adorable with her hidey hole. My younger sister had a shoebox she kept stuff in, drawings, pictures, and an old vanilla essence bottle ????

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