The rain more or less held off while we finished in the morning. With all the rain we still had a lot of cleaning to do, but at least we didn't face the kind of additional problems that Sue Tatman had to deal with. We finished with 20 minutes to spare and had 10 minutes of sunshine for photographs before the rain started. We have some soft furnishings on the garden so these had to be hurriedly covered up before we went for a well earned lunch.
Miraculously, the rain stopped for about half an hour and we got the covers off before the judges came round, only to sprint back to put them on again when another downpour started. This one was much more serious - a proper thunderstorm and to make matters much, much worse I managed to drop my van key somewhere in the exhibitor car park. Somehow Hazel spotted it - a real needle in a haystack. Wet through and feeling a bit flat with the build all over, we went home.
But 5 miles away it was bright sunshine, so after dropping Hazel off home, I found a friendly dry cleaner, scrounged some nice clean, clear plastic film and went back to Tatton to re-wrap the fabrics in something more attractive than the white plastic bags.
I left before the results were announced, so we will get our judging result tomorrow. But whatever the outcome, I'm really pleased with the garden and will be proud to stand next to it for four days. We've already had some very complimentary comments and that's what really matters to me - that people come to the show and go away with enthusiasm and ideas for their own gardens. I've posted a picture of the finished garden, in a rare moment of sunshine.