‘You Wouldn’t Like To Do That Again, Would You?’

On another warm and sunny day that, once we had got going in the garden, felt like the height of summer, we continued soil preparation.Β In addition to all her other maintenance tasks

Palm Bed

Jackie dug in the compost she had laid on the Palm Bed yesterday,

Rose Garden

and I completed the mulching of the rose garden with three more 100 litre bags of Landscape Bark. I swear they are becoming heavier by the day.

View from Back Drive to Roase Garden

Looking from the Back Drive towards this section,

View across Heligan Path

or across the Helicon Path towards the house,

one can see the burgeoning new growth popping up everywhere.

Bluebells Spanish

We now have profusions of Spanish bluebells,

Forget me nots

and of forget-me-nots.

Pigeon 1

Permanently perched on the telephone cable over Christchurch Road is a male collared dove,

Pigeon 2

pretending he is nothing to do with the nest in our holly tree upon which his lady is incubating.

Even when paying a visit, he first lands on the flowering cherry photographed yesterday. Since he is quite a ponderous creature he shakes the boughs freeing many cherry petals,

Hannah, Ben and Sam 5.83 1

just as Matthew did to the delight of Hannah, Ben, and Sam in May 1983.

This evening we dined at Dynasty in Brockenhurst with Elizabeth, Danni and Andy. My choice was lamb shatkora, special fried rice an onion bhaji. Along with Jackie I drank Kingfisher. The others drank red wine, cobra, or coke. Service and food were excellent.

The restaurant is close to the ford which we could see was waterlogged. As we were ten minutes early, I sniffed a photo opportunity and wandered down the road.

Ford and car

This was the scene as I approached, directly into the sun.

I was a bit slow to catch two cyclists wheeling through their spray. As they passed me I cried: ‘You wouldn’t like to do that again, would you’. ‘Do it again?’ was the reply. ‘Yes’, I answered.

Cyclists at ford 1

They immediately turned tail, sped through the water,

Cyclists at ford 2

Cyclists at ford 3

and, returning quite happily, enjoyed another shower.

52 responses to “‘You Wouldn’t Like To Do That Again, Would You?’”

  1. I love the photo of the children with the flower petals. It’s stunning and captures the sheer joy they’re feeling.
    So funny about the cyclists going through the water again. πŸ™‚

  2. The showering petals photo is always a winner – I’m sure if you entered it in some competition or other it would be a winner too. Or have you already done that? And Hoorah! for the cyclists πŸ™‚

  3. I am playing catch up tonight, Derrick. I enjoyed more garden photos. The collared dove in the present made me smile, guarding his partner while she is nesting.
    The old photo with Matthew unseen, but shaking branches with pink blossoms floating over the delightful trio, was a gorgeous family treasure. You could blow this up and make a framed portrait. πŸ™‚

  4. New growth and birds, love it. Love cycling too, I would have done the same thing, turned around and gone through the puddle again. πŸ™‚

  5. I’m really glad to see that those cyclists are wearing helmets. I absolutely dread dealing with cyclists in city traffic. Excellent photograph into the sun, by the way.

  6. Your garden looks like a slice of heaven, and all the more impressive from where it started. The children dancing in the petals made me smile, and the bikers made me laugh. What a great way to start a day. Thank you, Derrick.

  7. Such a beautiful garden, Derrick! Precious photo of Hannah, Ben, and Sam.
    I like the water splash the two bikers made. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. Excellent post – I love how you bring the old photo into the current story. And, of course the cyclists obliged! Who can resist your charm? : ) Garden is SO beautiful – love the names for the areas.

  9. I think I’ve seen the one with Hannah, Ben and Sam before. Is that right? It is a splendid photo and should be used to illustrate cherry blossoms as often as possible.

    The photos with the cyclists are nice, and the story behind it makes them better.

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