Rain Stopped Play

With enough heavy rain falling on Wimbledon to cancel play in the Tennis Tournament on all but the covered centre court, it seemed as if Downton’s weather wore a miserable, dark, frosty-faced expression, eventually turning to tears of sympathy.

Jackie was driven in from planting under the shelter of the weeping wisteria. Suddenly, after the hottest June on record, we are plunged into a typical wet Wimbledon week.

Before watching centre court matches between Elena Rybakina and Shelby Rogers, and between Andy Murray and Ryan Peniston, I occupied myself converting the following posts published in a July of 9 years ago from Classic to Block edits:

This evening we all dined on oven fish and chips, and garden peas followed by berry strudel and custard, with which Jackie drank Yellow Tail rosé and I finished the Shiraz.

The Chicks Have Arrived

This morning I scanned the pages from ‘Tower Blocks’ written by Marian Lines and illustrated by Charles Keeping. Half were published later this afternoon as https://derrickjknight.com/2022/07/09/seventies-city-celebrations/

Before lunch Shelly visited with presents of what looks an excellent Penfolds Shiraz Cabernet and a box of Lily O’Brien’s delicious chocolate liqueurs.

After lunch I watched the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles final between Elena Rybakina and Ons Jabeur. I then carried out dead-heading and weeding while Jackie watered numerous containers, facilitated by Flo’s having filled all the cans before she left on Tuesday. The Head Gardener then refilled them ready for the next session which will certainly be required tomorrow during our current very hot weather.

While touring the garden Jackie noticed and photographed

the myrtle blossom on the bush which has grown into a tree;

sunlight across the path to the Westbrook Arbour;

and the arrival of the still blind goldcrest chicks.

This evening we dined on chicken breasts in Nando’s Chilli and Garlic sauce on a bed of Jackie’s savoury rice with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the guv’nor.