The Visitation

Although I went out for a lovely meal with Mr. Tialys, his sister and her OH on my actual birthday, it was on a Tuesday so the Misses Tialys couldn’t make it until the weekend.  So, we went out for another one on Saturday night when they both arrived and slept over so they could be with us for Fathers’ Day on the Sunday.

For my birthday, Mr. T. planted this lovely rose against the front of the house and, hopefully it will climb up the white wall (once he puts a trellis up) and eventually it will really look like a cottage with roses round the door.

A few seasons to go yet before the ‘Dancing Queen’, as the rose is called, dances far enough to make getting through the door difficult but fingers crossed.

Miss T. the Younger bought me this lovely, rusty plant stake.  It’s just stuck into the weeds cottage gardenish bank at the moment but we’ll decide where its eventual home will be in due course.

So, Fathers Day dawned all grey and rainy but we were determined to finally get to see the sea and decided to drive down there anyway as it’s only a 15 or 20 minute run in the car.

As we are British, we can’t allow the rain to put us off otherwise we’d never do anything so when we arrived there were quite a few people and quite a few more clouds.  We set off up the cliff path anyway and took in this view looking back

I fear for those cows.

This is part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site and so called because of the best known of the geological periods found within it, but also includes rocks from the Triassic and Cretaceous periods.

It’s a bit precarious (possibly an understatement) – this rock face was sending down pieces of itself in a steady trickle as we walked along the shingle below.

As the morning progressed there were more dog walkers, fishermen, beachcombers, hardy swimmers, paddle boarders etc. and also, the sun came out for long enough to make an ice cream cone seem like a good idea.

We did some beachcombing, half-heartedly searching for fossils and driftwood.  Mr. Tialys and Miss Tialys the Elder – having the longest legs – left me and Miss T. the Younger behind so they only have themselves to blame for the rear view.

Hopefully those pieces of bleached driftwood will turn into something decorative in the fullness of time.

So, having paid for my second birthday dinner the night before, been the first to get up in the morning, driven us to the coast and bought us all ice creams, he drove us back home again and made us a lovely Sunday Roast.

Happy Fathers’ Day. 🤣

(well, they did buy him a nice card and a case of craft beer).

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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on June 24, 2021 - 08:33

    What a super birthday and Father’s Day. Can’t let a bit of rain get in the way. Your rose is just lovely.

    • #2 by tialys on June 25, 2021 - 15:11

      Yes, there are more buds opening on it now and I think it will be glorious eventually. I hope it climbs all over the front of the house.

  2. #3 by Wild Daffodil on June 24, 2021 - 09:22

    Perfect weekend! ‘Dancing Queen’, what a lovely gift and a reminder of your inner diva everytime you pass it. And of course I LOVE the rusty plant support. Happy days!

    • #4 by tialys on June 25, 2021 - 15:10

      Well, that’s one rose in the garden I’ll never forget the name of.
      I knew the rusty stake would appeal to you. 😉

  3. #5 by katechiconi on June 24, 2021 - 10:33

    I think the fact that you can spend family time easily and spontaneously must be a lovely gift for both your birthday and his father’s day. No more worrying about closed borders – or indeed heatstroke from spending too long outside in summer’s heat!

    • #6 by tialys on June 25, 2021 - 15:09

      Mind you, being unprepared, there’s probably more people affected by heatstroke in the U.K. than one might think. As you may remember, it only takes a glint of sun for everybody to strip off and flock to the beaches. I have yet to acclimatise to the more temperate climate and always have ‘a cardie’ or light jacket in the car just in case.

      • #7 by katechiconi on June 25, 2021 - 21:42

        I wish I could reintroduce parasols as a fashion… One thing that still cracks me up is when north Queenslanders complain of ‘the cold’ when my Berkshire-raised brain thinks it’s a pleasant spring day and I’m in my shirtsleeves.

  4. #8 by claire93 on June 24, 2021 - 11:22

    well that has set me off singing, thank you very much ^^
    Sounds like the perfect day out, especially since Mr T offered to cook the Sunday roast too ^^

    • #9 by tialys on June 25, 2021 - 15:06

      Bless him, he cooks more often than me.

      • #10 by claire93 on June 25, 2021 - 17:13

        so does my Mr ^^

  5. #11 by Evie Jones on June 24, 2021 - 11:46

    June birthday’s are the best ;-). Looks like yours was wonderful. Happy birthday from another June baby….the 22nd!

    • #12 by tialys on June 25, 2021 - 15:05

      Ah, you just escaped being a Gemini. I hope you had a great birthday too.

      • #13 by Evie Jones on June 30, 2021 - 15:10

        I did…on both counts 😉

  6. #14 by M. L. Kappa on June 24, 2021 - 12:58

    What a lovely day out! Happy belated birthday from me too!

  7. #16 by Laurie Graves on June 24, 2021 - 13:36

    Your comment about rain and being British made me laugh. Looks as though you had a wonderful time despite the weather. And, how I love that stake your daughter bought. It would look good in a shade garden among hostas, too. 😉 Looking forward to what your husband does with that driftwood. Happy belated birthday to you and happy belated Father’s Day to your husband.

    • #17 by tialys on June 25, 2021 - 15:02

      I know Britain has a reputation for being very rainy but, looking at some statistics, it appears we don’t get quite as much rain as people think. The sky is often overcast though so maybe that’s why people get the impression it must be raining – or just about to.😎

  8. #18 by Emmely on June 24, 2021 - 15:11

    What a lovely rose! Sounds like a great birthday and father’s day.

    • #19 by tialys on June 25, 2021 - 14:58

      Well his daughters and wife enjoyed it 🤣. Although I’m sure that means he did too – if we’re happy, he’s happy.

      • #20 by Emmely on June 27, 2021 - 06:51

        Yes, that sounds a lot like a true dad! Mine is also in his element when we’re all back home. Hasn’t happened in a loooooong time though. 4 children + 4 partners + 4 grandchildren is still a bit too much. 😦

  9. #21 by kathyreeves on June 24, 2021 - 15:38

    That’s a beautiful rose, May it grow exponentially so you have an arbor in the near future! A very nice day for you all!

    • #22 by tialys on June 25, 2021 - 14:57

      I’m hoping we’ll need a trellis for it next year or the year after at the latest.

  10. #23 by Carol Archer on June 24, 2021 - 20:30

    Brilliant photo’s what a fabulous Birthday……. We have friends at Charmouth, lovely area.

    • #24 by tialys on June 25, 2021 - 14:56

      We haven’t made it to Charmouth yet but we will as it’s only a 30 minute drive away (although I guess that will only be out of season). It’s where ‘Broadchurch’ was filmed I think wasn’t it?

  11. #25 by cedar51 on June 24, 2021 - 22:50

    A beautiful week for you and your family – I too love the new but “rusty” planter stake…

    • #26 by tialys on June 25, 2021 - 14:53

      Instant rust – it can’t be beat.😉

  12. #27 by magpiesue on June 28, 2021 - 16:29

    Apparently I looked at this post days ago but didn’t leave a comment. Lovely rose, lovely day out! We’ve been celebrating birthdays and Father’s Day in combination for years in our family. So glad you had the opportunity to have the whole gang together. Few things are more special than time spent together.

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