Inquisitive Chicks

Rabbits are like birds. At least in our garden they are. Jackie can watch them through the windows for ages. The minute I pick up a camera they flit or scuttle off, as did our early little bunny visitor.

As will be seen from today’s photographs, the sun popped in and out of the clouds. The morning was spent driving to and from Nuffield Hospital at Chandlers Ford, for Jackie’s pre-op tests on her left knee.

Jackie pruning

This afternoon I sprayed weed-killer on various paths and the head gardener carried out much pruning. My contribution to the latter was to gather up the cuttings and place them on burning or compost heaps.

Reflections on parked cars

I took a short walk to the postbox alongside the disused Telephone Box that can be seen reflected among the trees on the cars that are now regularly parked in front of it.

Dahlias and poppy

As our earlier poppies die down, small dahlias,

Poppy 1Poppy 2

and several larger, later, varieties of poppy spring up.

Day lilies

Day lilies have been around for a while now.

Clematis Marie Boisselot, pansies, foxgloves

The clematis Marie Boisselet resists being trained to climb an obelisk, and trails beneath it.

The starling parents still squawk off when we approach the kitchen corner, but their offspring do not yet appear to have learned fear. Starling 1

Starling 2Starling 3

They have become quite inquisitive. Their Mum and Dad have made rather a mess of the woodwork which reveals earlier paintwork. We do know a certain amount of refurbishment is required.

A bag of still crisp prawn crackers formed the starters for what, this evening, was a genuine fusion dinner. These were left over from the Chinese takeaway set meal for two that we had enjoyed two days ago. They always give you far more than is necessary. They also give you larger quantities of the varied dishes than you can eat. Sweet and sour chicken, crispy beef, chicken and black bean sauce, beef with ginger and spring onion, and savoury rice, therefore, filled one third of our plates; left-over mashed potato, green beans, and cauliflower from last might, occupied another; and succulent fillet steaks the third. I employed the microwave and Jackie applied the frying pan. I really should have photographed this delicious melange. Jackie drank Hoegaarden, whilst I imbibed.Casillero del Diablo cabernet sauvignon reserva 2013.

28 responses to “Inquisitive Chicks”

  1. Love those chicks; love leftovers –yes you should have photographed them but who can resist wolfing it all down. πŸ™‚ Best to Jackie with her knee; good photo of her.

  2. Beautiful photos Derrick.
    And I really have to fly over visit you for supper – always sounds delicious! πŸ™‚ ah well – the local lotto runs tonight! Ha ha!

  3. A lovely tour around your garden blooms and I did enjoy the starling chicks too – they don’t look ready to fledge for a little longer yet. I always find a clean-up is needed after they do!

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