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We were promised sunshine and showers today. In the end the rain dominated. Consequently I was unable to cut the grass. There was nothing for it but, with the sun on my back when it did put in an appearance, while being dripped on by the trees, to take advantage of the light to photograph raindrops; then hit the massive ironing pile.
The Chilean lantern bush is on the left of the Gazebo Path, and the yellow bottle brush one to the right. The eucalyptus is in flower.
The bottle brushes were well washed;
as was the rhododendron that has bloomed in the Phantom Bed since these views from the Heligan Path and the Brick Path were last featured.
These sweet peas are now adorning the arch to our right.
Peonies heads are too heavy to be raised
in the Palm Bed, so named for the cordyline Australis.
From the Oval Path to the right can be seen Elizabeth’s bed with its bright pink hydrangea;
and straight ahead through to the Rose Garden, where
Mum in a Million
and Margaret Merrill have both washed their faces.
This day lily in Margery’s Bed has just had a shower.
Between shirts I nipped out to photograph this view across the Kitchen Bed from the Patio.
This afternoon I scanned the last few frames on the Devon September 1983 holiday roll of colour negative film featured yesterday, when Mary observed that an image of Jessica and Louisa warranted a close up. This is the next shot in which I have
first cropped the background,
then brought the subjects into close-up.
Once released, Louisa was quite clear where she wanted to go,
but not quite so confident when negotiating the terrain,
which hadn’t fazed Sam at all.
Here is Jessica shortly before we left.
Back home, our daughter adopted the usual exhausted mode.
Jackie having returned from her three days away, we dined on Mr Pink’s fish and chips, pickled onions and gherkins, followed by Dorset Apple Cake brought back from Tolpuddle. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Reserve des Tuguets Madiran 2012.