Hunt For A Owl


Mat, Tess, and Poppy spent the morning with us before resuming their journey to the Far West that is Cornwall and Land’s End.

We spent much of the time in the garden.

Matthew and Poppy 1

Matthew initially tried to inculcate his daughter into hostility to being photographed,

Matthew and Poppy 2

however, he soon relented,

Matthew and Poppy 3

and she realised he was only joking.

Jackie and Poppy 2

Clutching her transitional peg

Jackie and Poppy 1

she shared the fun with her Grannie.

Poppy 1Poppy 2

The owls in the garden having caught her attention, she scoured every corner for one,

Poppy 3

Poppy 4

being quite exuberant at her successes.

Mat, Tess, and Poppy

The shingle inset in the patio was a good toy, too.

There was one joke I didn’t quite get. You see I am of the wrong generation to understand why Mat and Tess fell about laughing at the hunt for ‘A Owl’.


Jackie explained to me that was required was familiarity with the 2010/2013 TV comedy programme, PhoneShop.

This evening Jackie reprised our meal of yesterday, except that what I had called gammon steak was in fact baked ham. It was just as excellent. Jackie drank Bavaria and I drank Kumala Zenith 2014.


  1. I’m a little slow. It just clicked that your granddaughter’s name is “Poppy” and how perfect is that for you and the Head Gardener? By the way, thank you for the recipe! I shall give it a try.

  2. Poppy is certainly a charmer! Lovely photos.
    I’ve never heard of PhoneShop, so I didn’t get the joke either. Our TV owl reference comes from a much older TV program, David Lynch’s Twin Peaks “The owls are not what they seem.” 🙂

  3. Isn’t Poppy just so gorgeous? So Matt is the grown up version of all those delightful photos of a young Matthew hanging out with his younger siblings? Do you chat about the photos that have been going up on the blog, and perhaps that this series is the beginning of Poppy’s dynasty? Charting her development through the years will be a lovely continuum project. I hadn’t seen that comedy show either. Not easy to say “a owl” without “an”. Perhaps it’s a signature of the cockney accent? And I was interested in your reference to gammon yesterday, as I have not been able to buy it since I left the UK. I guess once it’s cooked, it’s baked ham anyway 😀

    1. Many thanks, Gwen. All 5 of my offspring have their own albums of prints made over the years. Yep. That is the young Matthew grown up – as good a Dad as he was brother. Maybe someone should import pigs to Australia 🙂

      1. We’ve got the pigs, although I was required to refer to them as swine in the animal health company for which I worked. But for some reason, we do not put them up for sale in the form of gammon. Our ham is pre cooked, or cured, as in prosciutto or jamon.

  4. For some reason your post has just arrived in my mail box, 7 hours late apparently. I have gremlins in the works! Love the photo of Mat smiling with his daughter – and ‘granny’ smiling with Poppy – what’s not to smile at with that gorgeous flower in your garden!

  5. Poppy is a doll, Derrick! And Jackie looks like the perfect Grannie, along with her collection of owls throughout the gardens! What a sweetheart she is and resembles the family in many of the important ways, cleverness, especially. <3

  6. Oh, that Poppy! Love those little teeth. And, nothing worse than a judging owl on someone’s back 😉

  7. A ow.”..! Hmmm. I’m also not familiar woith the tv show but I got the weird pronunciation that I guess was the main bit of the joke. Bit like the animal show with British voiceovers that make the majority of Americans I know, fall over laughing!

    And don’t forget ‘WOL’ from A.A. Milne.

    Poppy is so sweet, I could hear her chuckling with delight, as I looked at the photos of her. 🙂

  8. Beaut pictures Derrick, a very happy loving family
    Worked out what gammon steak is now, meat disguised as steak, something like Mock Chicken I suppose.

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