A Sparrow in Swallow Drive

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Jackie continued with the weeding of the rose garden today, whilst I wandered with the camera.

Tulips are now in bloom.

Tulip 2

This one really did come from Amsterdam, courtesy of Danni and Andy who brought it back for us.

A bank of yellow primroses fronts this striated group at the entrance to the back drive,

Wallflowers

along which golden wallflowers are massing.

Rhododendron

Our first rhododendron is beginning to flower;

Japanese maple

 Japanese maples are coming into leaf,

Cherry blossom

and a deep pink cherry blossom is blooming.

Saxifrages

Saxifrages planted last year are thriving.

Wasp

Clearly confused as to the season. a sleepy wasp staggered about.

This afternoon we went for a drive.

The tide was high at Keyhaven, where the wreck was now submerged,

Boats and Hurst lighthouse 2

and the Hurst lighthouse clear beyond the line of moored boats.

Mallards (purple headf)

A purple-headed mallard and mate basked on a lichen covered wall;

Coot and white bird

and a white-headed coot paddled past a white bird hiding in the reeds.

In view of Hurst spit swans waded, foraged, and drank. One bore a tide-mark causing speculation about what it had been swimming in.

Among those silhouetted on the spit were a woman and two children,

and two young women. In each group there was one person engaged in a mobile phone conversation.

Sparrow

We took a diversion around a housing development in Milford on Sea. Given that these streets all bore the name of a different bird, I wondered what a sparrow was doing on Swallow Drive.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s superb beef cobbler, sautéed potatoes and mushrooms, with crisp carrots, cauliflower and purple sprouting broccoli. The Culinary Queen drank sparkling water while my drink was San Andres Chilean merlot.

37 thoughts on “A Sparrow in Swallow Drive

  1. I berated a group of school children for picking up the white pebbles in a Japanese garden and throwing them around. I pointed out the sign that said ‘Do Not Disturb the Pebbles’. One of them looked up at me with his wide blue eyes and said, ‘we can’t read yet’.

  2. You and Jackie must be pleased with the garden. Everything is beautiful, Derrick. I enjoyed the shot of the Hurst lighthouse.
    “In each group there was one person engaged in a mobile phone conversation.” How sad that is.

  3. Culinary queen is right! And oh those flowers. I am so envious. All we have in Maine is snow, snow and snow.

  4. That precious sparrow was an extraordinary shot, Derrick!
    The mystical photograph was my favorite today, with fading background almost like looking through a keyhole. 🙂 The wilted tulip losing all but four petals was my favorite today! Thank you, Derrick. 🙂

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