Our visitors arrive

Today’s guest picture is a composite of flower pictures taken in our garden by our granddaughter Matilda. She has brought her parents to stay with us for a few days. She took a lot of pictures and these were her favourites. She has a steady hand and a good eye.

We had a cool grey and cloudy day here, a prelude to an increasingly hot and sunny week to come.

We cycled to church, and were delighted to find that we could go up to the choir loft because the organ has been reinstalled after its restoration. Not all the tubes have been connected up yet but there were enough stops working to let the organist play it. It was a great treat to sing with the organ instead of a rather rattly piano downstairs. We are hoping that everything will be fully working soon.

When we got home, we had preparations to make for our visitors’ impending arrival, and I got no further out of the house than occasional visits to the garden. I won’t have a lot of time to write posts this week as it is rather rude to leave visitors to talk to themselves.

As a result today’s post is mostly a catalogue of flowers shots taken while I was skiving off the housework.

The dahlia of the day

One of the small sunflowers Mrs Tootlepedal has gone in for this year.

Two Japanese anemones.

There are going to be quite a lot of developing hydrangea pictures to come.

Potential fuchsias hanging about.

The obligatory bee picture.

Apples look to be ripening well, but the plums are staying obstinately green

The honeysuckle is flourishing.

A group of sunflowers hedging their bets as to where the sun will appear.

I had a quick look at the bird feeder and found a blue tit had bitten off more than it could chew.

Our visitors arrived in time for afternoon tea. While Alistair and Clare settled down, Matilda had a lot of fun. She took photographs, cycled furiously round the garden, almost fell in the pond, learned to play the recorder (a very promising start as she learned to blow gently), talked to her cousin Evie in London through the medium of WhatsApp, and had a spaghetti sucking contest with Mrs Tootlepedal at our evening meal.

I took a picture of the very appropriate Special Grandma rose . . .

. . . and another of the starlings who were chattering away overhead while we were out in the garden . . .

. . . and finally of a salvia which didn’t appeal to Matilda as a photographic subject but did appeal to me.

Although she didn’t pick it in her favourite six pictures, I liked Matilda’s shot of the white lilies.

It will be good to have a photographic assistant for the next few days.

The flying birds of the day are two of the starlings, flying off because we disturbed them.

Footnote: Matilda supplied today’s header picture too. (I cropped it.)

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

25 thoughts on “Our visitors arrive

  1. What a fabulous few days you have ahead! I like the idea of a spaghetti sucking contest – hopefully accompanied by very large napkins deployed very carefully.

  2. Everything is looking gorgeous on the garden…a nice selection of evidence from Matilda. A spaghetti sucking contest and recorder lessons…I say rename the rose: very Special Grandparents! Have fun; no neglecting the visitors on my behalf.

  3. Wow, Matilda – the close-up you took of the white lily is surely good enough to win prizes! I enjoyed your other photographs too. All of you, enjoy your time together … blog readers can be patient and understanding.

  4. Matilda is a fine photographer, and I enjoyed her photos, and yours, too. That electric blue salvia is always a bit startling, but so beautiful. The sight of developing apples and plums is a sign of more good things to come.

  5. Absolutely delightful post with such fine assistance from Matilda. All splendid photographs, and I am glad for the obligatory bee. Also glad you are happily back to singing with the organ.

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