Garden Housework


Throughout the garden we have prolific clusters of small orange and yellow poppies that shed their petals each day. Regular dead-heading encourages further growth. It has been one of my tasks to carry out this task. Today I did so for the first time since before my surgery.

I took my time over it, and paused for pit-stops along the way when, seated on chairs and benches that would have been too low for me six weeks ago, I photographed something else, such as the New Bed, the Rose Garden, the Oval Bed, day lilies, hostas, urns, and other planters.

Jackie continued what she regards as her garden housework.

This afternoon we drove to Everton Post Office and sent a parcel to New Zealand.

During the passages when my eyes were open, I then watched the World Cup football match between Sweden and Switzerland.

This evening we dined on Mr Pink’s Fish and Chips, and pickled onions. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Fleurie.

Soon we will settle down to watch the England v. Colombia football match.



  1. The garden is looking great–must be the excellent deadheading. 😉 So glad you’re getting around so much more easily now, Derrick.

  2. What a paradise! The gorgeous fruits of Jackie and your “garden housework” are a sight to behold. Happy to know you’re doing well, Derrick!

  3. The photo that you used as today’s header is absolutely stunning! This garden is a joy – you have no idea how it lifts my spirits at this time of the year! (I spent an hour clearing away the dead and dying and drowned vegetation from my wee plot yesterday – now nothing more can be done until the sun comes a little closer to my side.) In my search to biggify your header I was able to enjoy the many views of Jackie at her work. What a star!! So glad to hear you are going further, getting lower and able to contribute to the deadheading fully again. And a smile when I read about the trip to the post office xoxo

  4. I’ve always said there’s no end to ‘housework’, and in this case, it’s true! I don’t know how Jackie gets it all done, and takes a little time to relax and enjoy a ride. She is a marvel, and so are you, for recovering so quickly!

  5. I’m glad you’re well enough to work. Your garden is so full of color and greenery. It must be a pleasant place to be on a summer’s day.

  6. So glad you are back to doing one of your chores! Continued best wishes for complete healing and recovery!

    Garden housework! I love that! I can relate to Jackie as I have both indoor and outdoor housework! 🙂

    Your dinner sounds divine!
    HUGS to you and Jackie!!! 🙂

    1. Thanks a lot, Andrew. Not really a fan, but my current immobility has got me into this one. Very pleased for the lads after the mauling and head-buts

  7. This garden is glorious. I especially love the hanging baskets, which create such a cozy feeling.. every possible space the eyes could fall on filled.

  8. The poppies are beautiful! Many photos had me stop and admire the lovely gardens.
    We were happy to see Sweden win, England win and were neutral as far as Japan and Belgium. Sometimes, Randy and I were rooting a little bit more for Japan as those shorter men gained our respect. 🌞🙂
    Hope you have been feeling stronger and good to know you have advanced your gardening skills once healing more, Derrick.

  9. a whole lot of garden housework there….that’s a job in and of itself 🙂 looks beautiful though so you’re doing a great job, when you tire, come on over and take on mine please 🙂

  10. Wow! Dead-heading and sitting on low stools too! Well done, Derrick!
    Ah! I call it garden housework too and even though it’s similar work I much prefer the garden to the house!

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