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Although the meteorologists keep changing their minds about it, we have a frost warning for tonight. We therefore began the task of bringing some of the more tender potted plants into
a makeshift cold frame
and the greenhouse.
Sun still streaked across the Gazebo Path;
across the Shady Path;
across the Dead End Path;
and down the Brick Path.
Some geraniums and other similarly vulnerable plants like these in the Cryptomeria Bed,
or these petunias, had to be left to the elements,
but this pot of pelargonium Quercifolia that has taken two years to reach splendid maturity, just had to be placed in the greenhouse.
Meanwhile roses such as Compassion, seen rising above the Dead End Path in one of the earlier pictures;
Lady Emma Hamilton;
and Absolutely Fabulous, will fight their own corners.
An hour before sunset, the skies over Downton presaged splendid views later,
when off we sped to Barton on Sea where
we were not disappointed.
Others had the same idea;
Frozen vapour in the cross-hatched clouds suggests that maybe we will have frost.
While walkers aimed for the sunset,
the Isle of Wight and The Needles were satisfied with the lighthouse beacon (enlargement will be necessary to see this).
This evening we dined on Jackie’s excellent sausage casserole, roast potatoes, and cauliflower. We did not imbibe.