On a recent visit to Mount Usher Gardens I received a most unexpected greeting from the lady in the Ticket Office, “Aren’t you Paddy Tobin, the photographer?”
I didn’t know how to reply. Yes, she had my name and I do enjoy photography – as a pastime – but have never regarded myself as a photographer, which had a tone of professionalism about it. She explained that she had seen my photographs from a previous visit and had enjoyed them. It was a nice start to our visit to the garden; I was a bit chuffed with myself – never too old to enjoy a compliment!
This autumn has been especially good for foliage colour at Mount Usher gardens; it has been good everywhere following our long and hot summer but it is always extra special at Mount Usher with excellent planting and river reflections and I put another set of photographs on Facebook.
Shortly afterwards I was contacted by David Strawbridge and by Hedda (the lady in the Ticket Office) to thank me for posting my photographs of the gardens and to offer me a gift of a season ticket to the gardens – and another one for next year as this season is almost over.
The ticket arrived in today’s post and I am delighted. It is so nice to be the recipient of such a kindness.
So, Many thanks to David and Hedda and I look forward to many more visits to Mount Usher.