Guarding The Nest

During a suitable break in the showers this morning I focussed on the refreshed flora in somewhat bedraggled bees in the garden.

Examples are antirrhinums and foxgloves;

Several bees, in their waterproofs, can be seen among these roses, petunias, geraniums, rhododendrons, poppies, and bottle brush plants.

Danni and Ella came to lunch bearing a packet of gloriosa vine corms for Jackie’s birthday. Naturally the Head Gardener planted them immediately.

During the pleasant afternoon that ensued, Danni reflected on Jackie photographing Derrick and Ella.

Later our great-niece slept on the sofa and was photographed by her mother.

Through the window above Ella’s head another proud parent, in the form of a cock sparrow, could be seen, head rapidly swivelling, guarding his nest by the side of the house,

This evening we dined on Jackie’s super spicy pasta arrabbiata and tender runner beans with which she drank Blue Moon and I drank Chateau des Maures Lalande de Pomerol 2016.


  1. The final photo of you and Ella is a superb shot – loving the mutual admiration society! And Mr Sparrow is doing his job rather well too. I like that header pic very much.

    1. So pleased about the header, Pauline. It’s pretty much hit and miss whether they publish the correct one. There is a facility for customising the header. They never publish my exact crop, and often they don’t even use the right picture. Thanks very much

  2. Such beautiful photos of such beautiful life…especially that little Ella! And each add joy to the world! πŸ™‚
    Those bees remind us that we must keep buzzin’! Life IS beautiful! πŸ™‚
    HUGS to all!!! πŸ™‚

  3. I hope your garden is coping with all the rain. Your photos of the flowers covered with raindrops are really lovely.
    Ella is another little flower!

  4. Oh Derrick, Gorgeous photo of you with your great-niece…. I’ve have just experienced those wonderful cuddles in Philadelphia…..

  5. What a great gift to give Jackie, and Like her even more now knowing she drinks Blue Moon, its one of the few beers I will occasionally have with a squeeze of a orange πŸ™‚

  6. Wonderful selections of some wonderful subjects ( by you all!)

    That Absolutely Fabulous is absolutely fabulous!! πŸ™‚

    I love the opium-hunting bee and his objet de’sire!

    I’m sure the photo’s of you and Ella will make their way to many fine albums for future reference. πŸ™‚

  7. I’m afraid the baby upstaged all your flowers, birds and bees. Happy birthday, Jackie!

  8. If that Blue Moon is the same Blue Moon that we have here, it’s one of my favorite beers. I’d toast Jackie with it in a minute! Your photos of both the garden and the babe are wonderful: sweet and deeply appealing.

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