Saturday, 11 June 2016

Saturday.






Today Highdale has had its 'Secret Gardens of Highdale' exhibition, in which we were persuaded to enter our garden. It has been a long day, the gardens opening at 11 a.m.  All went well until about two p.m. when we had a violent thunderstorm, which lasted for about forty minutes. We took advantage of this break in visitors, to eat the sandwich and salad lunch, which our friend Hilary (who was helping us with the open day) had provided. When the storm was over we found that the garden was again becoming crowded. Things dried off surprisingly quickly. Although it was supposed to end at 5p.m. in fact the last visitors finally left at about five thirty. At Hilary's suggestion we'd kept a list of guests (216 of them) and where they'd come from; these included  an Australian, a South African, an Indian young man from Lahor, and a couple from Stafford.  Hilary stayed on to help us tidy up, and eventually Ann provided an evening meal for the three of us (a chicken casserole with rice and vegetables, followed by  various fresh fruits). We finally ran Hilary home at about eight o'clock.
It's been a tiring, but satisfying day. We've enjoyed it more than we expected, but I think we both feel that it's nearly bedtime, so -   Goodnight every one.

10 comments:

Crowbard said...

Congratulations, that's beautiful Mike & Ann, so very well worth all the effort you've both put in.

Sir Bruin said...

216 visitors at a fiver per head?

Mike and Ann said...

Thank you Crowbard. We enjoyed it more than we expected - it was quite fun.

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Sir B. Yes, but that fiver got them into all of the twenty eight gardens taking part (most of them much larger than ours) so it wasn't bad value for money. And all the money involved goes towards the upkeep of the Parish Church. Hoped you might run over and have a look?

Liz said...

If only we'd remembered that this was on!

Did your lovely flowers survive the downpour yesterday evening? The big lumps of rain we had knocked half the petals off the climbing roses and now our garden looks as though it is covered in confetti.

Z said...

The garden looks beautiful. It's the best time of year for gardens, I think. And you've worked so hard that you can sit back and enjoy it now!

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Liz. Yes, they've survived, thanks, but I know what you mean about the confetti effect. Still - not too bad, and all the buds are opening.

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Z. Thank you. I think I agree with you that this is the best time of year for gardens - all the roses are putting out that first full flush of blooms -glorious.

Pat said...

your garden is looking cherished.

Mike and Ann said...

Thank you Pat. It's been quite hard work; still, at least we can now 'lean back and enjoy it'.