The Last Day Of Summer

I’m told that this is the last day of our summer. So I took a walk round the garden.

Here is a random set of views which are, as usual, entitled in the galleries;

and here, literally on the Heligan Path, is the hardest “Where’s Nugget?” (11) yet. With a sense of fairness I have given you that clue and placed him in the centre of the Header Picture.

This afternoon and evening we attended a family barbecue at Shelly and Ron’s to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, Here the happy couple toast each other. Neil, and Jackie can also be glimpsed.

Ron provided a range of kebabs, sausages, and chicken on the barbecue, while Shelly produced salads and puddings. Various beers and wines were consumed. We sat in the garden until dark, discussing politics, religion, and putting the world to rights.


  1. Isn’t it funny, how differently people experience the seasons. I’d always thought of autumn beginning at the fall equinox, but then I moved to Texas, and figured out that the equinox was only a reminder that there still could be weeks of summer-like weather!

  2. Nah, plenty of summer left (I hope, she says with fingers crossed). Everything is pretty late this year, don’t you think? I even saw a baby sparrow today… nearly in September. That’s just plain odd. Hope you’re well, Derrick. Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous well-tended garden, as ever.

  3. It looks like a lovely day. I “think” I spotted Nugget in the header. This weekend is definitely the unofficial end of summer here–Labor Day weekend–but we still have summer weather for a few more weeks.

  4. I found him – but that put a strain on my eyes I can tell you. I’ll just say he’s not where I thought he might be – on the chair……….. While I’m loving the return of the light to this side of the globe I’m sorry that your beautiful garden will begin to wind down soon. Despite the odd storm giving its best shot, it’s been the best season yet for the Old Post House hasn’t it!

  5. I hope you were successful in putting the world to rights. It could certainly use it. Looks like you have a few more weeks of summer left there. Your garden still looks lovely.

  6. I enjoyed the tour round the garden but I am in agreement with the thought of 21st September being the end of summer so I hope that you still have some summer days to spend in it.

  7. You have the most beautiful garden Derrick. Thank you for walking us around the beautiful plants and shrubs.
    We have a dip in temperature compared to the unusual heat wave.
    But Autumn still brings us plenty of colour and harvests.
    Enjoy September and family gatherings.
    Take care ??

  8. Iโ€™m sure glad you put the world โ€œto rights.โ€ Heaven knows somebody needed to do that! Your garden looks great, Derrick. I hate to see the autumn weather come and spoil it!

  9. Looks like the garden is still going strong despite summer coming to a close. Sadly, I couldn’t spot Nugget. My eye issues have started up again so my vision is quite blurry. Happy Anniversary to Shelly and Ron!

  10. Trying to find Nugget on my phone screen is not possible. You win. But I had a lovely time enjoying your remarkable garden. It seems more vibrant than last summer. Do you and Jackie see any difference?

    1. Thanks very much, Susanne. I understand it would be impossible on a phone, but actually this is not a game I wish to win ๐Ÿ™‚ You are right about the difference. By coincidence we have been looking at the before and after albums from when the garden was an overgrown jungle.

  11. Where did the Summer go?
    Someone has lent it a pair of hypersonic turbos!
    I don’t have an snowflake’s chance in hell
    to find out Nugget in that flowery dell.

      1. Having moved to a slightly larger screen of my iPad, I notice a Nugget like shape to the right of the tree that holds The Heligan Path marker, just above the leftmost pointed leaves of the snake plant.

  12. I’m reminded of this line from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, “But thy eternal summer shall not fade…” Your beautiful photos will keep summer alive. I had to memorize this sonnet in high school. Here’s the whole thing: Shall I compare thee to a summerโ€™s day?Thou art more lovely and more temperate:Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,And summerโ€™s lease hath all too short a date; Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm’d; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or natureโ€™s changing course untrimm’d; But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou owโ€™st; Nor shall death brag thou wanderโ€™st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou growโ€™st: So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

  13. Your garden is looking absolutely fabulous Derrick – and i don’t just mean that rose! ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s no wonder little Nugget has made it his home. I’m sure all the other birds are jealous.

    Speaking of Nugget, i have to confess: I cannot find hide nor feather of him today – even with your clues? And i have biggified to the max!

    Just to clear the confusion: there’s a meteorological beginning of a season and an ‘Official’ one. The meteorologic is based upon an a decision by a group of meteorologists in 1780 that determined the 1st of Dec, Feb, Jun and Sep, according to the Gregorian calendar, to be the start of each season and by convention most meteorological offices abide by it now. Here in Australia we have adopted the same reasoning for our official seasons. Other countries may prefer to determine the start of a season according to the day of the relevant equinox or solstice which can vary in date over the years!

    I’m a little unsure why the first astronomic day of Winter and Summer is also known as Mid-winter’s day and Mid-summer’s day respectively? Just how does the first day equal the middle day??

    Our version makes more sense! ๐Ÿ˜‰ A Happy Autumn to you Sir! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I get the feeling that your summer will last a fair way into Autumn – and then you will have a different beauty in that wonderful garden. I do hope Nugget stays around to brighten your winter.

  15. It is very hard to see the end of summer around here – and your garden sure doesn’t seem any the worse for wear yet. I’m just hoping for a very cool winter – for some relief!!
    40 years – good for them.

  16. I believe I have found Nugget but I am unable to verify on the device I’m using. So I will concede to you my friend. You have stumped me. Nugget will have to find a mate for next year and maybe we can hope for a whole family of little Nuggets and Nuggettes.

  17. I have caught up with your posts again, Derrick, but spared all the extra comments as I have been away for a while. Good to see little Nugget is still with you and Jackie. Your gardens still look so beautiful going into autumn!

    Congratulations to Shelley and Ron on 40 wonderful years. May they have many more! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Traces of autumn can be found all around, but I’m hoping for a few more weeks of warm, sunny days! Your garden is looking lush – I love the flowering wall!

  19. I do love your garden. I have a dislike of neat manicured gardens the ones so carefully tended that they take on the municipal look. Yours is no less carefully tended, but it’s wonderful, an absolute treat for our eyes. I want to sit right in the middle, sip my wine, listen to the birdsong and enjoy the evening sunshine.

  20. Nugget can hide when he wants to! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›
    Happy Anniversary to Ron and Shelley! <3
    The celebration meal sound delicious!
    I am a bit sad to see summer go…it flew by this year for me. Too fast.
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚

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