When we reached the house, Mrs Fortescue and her helpers were setting out the tables and chairs and adorning them with chequered table clothes and vases of bluebells, freshly picked from the woods. I introduced myself and Andy (I introduced him as Andrew my partner, which sounds better than Andy my boyfriend and far more fitting for this occasion and our age!) and left them to set up, whilst I went off to photograph the garden to the front of the house, before all the visitors arrived.
Closeup of wild garlic
Closed Hydrangea Buds
When I walked through the gate, I was not at all disappointed. The beds were neatly laid out and the young vegetables were thriving.
Walled Vegetable Garden
Lastly came the portrait. Mr and Mrs Fortescue posed with their two black Labradors and their wonderful cat in front of a backdrop of spring plants.