Hide And Seek

Nugget was singing outside the stable door this morning at 6 a.m.

I stepped out early to take advantage of the bright morning light. Jackie tells me that our little robin was perched on top of this kniphofia yesterday evening for quite some time, chirping away. Other images are entitled in the gallery.

Here are more of the red hot pokers and heucheras.

Somewhere among these Weeping Birch branches Nugget began a tuneful game of hide and seek with me. Please don’t search for him in this picture. I couldn’t find him, and if you do I will be upset.

However, today’s “Where’s Nugget” (23a-e) offers five opportunities for his fans to find him – as many or as few times as you wish. You may notice he is singing in one of them.

He dropped down later when I began raking the paths. I fear I disappointed him on the insect front.

Heidi, our much loved former daughter-in-law visited today and stayed the night. We lunched on Jackie’s usual spread of cold meats, pies, salads, and cheeses with which we drank Prosecco.

We spent our time reminiscing and exchanging thoughts and feelings about Michael’s death. During one period I took Heidi on a tour of the garden.

Verbena bonarensis continues to attract bees and butterflies, mostly Small Whites.

Mama Mia looked quite splendid in the Rose Garden.

Japanese anemones are as prolific as ever.

Heidi was impressed with the quantity of seating. We enjoyed views across the lawn and down the Phantom Path while we spent some time on the Westbrook Arbour bench.

Elizabeth joined us for a while and we all four sat on patio chairs enjoying pleasant conversation.

Jackie, Heidi, and I dined on The Culinary Queen’s delicious cottage pie; crunchy carrots and broccoli; and tender runner beans from our garden. I finished the Shiraz and the ladies drank Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio 2018.


  1. I didn’t want to upset you so I didn’t even look into the willow tree photo. I found your very well fed robin easily and identified the singing capture too. I enjoy my regular hunt for your feathered family member. I hope he popped in to visit with Heidi too. I suspect Heidi will always be your daughter-in-law, no matter what the future brings. I hope so anyway. There are many bitter-sweet times when meeting the shared loved ones of those we have lost aren’t there, especially when it’s been the sudden and too-soon kind that you have lived through. Your garden is definitely showing signs of that dried out, end of summer. appearance – but what a fabulous summer you have had in it. It got me through some chilly times down here <3 xo

    1. Very many thanks, Pauline. You are right about our feelings for Heidi. Nugget did come and visit her while we were sitting on the bench. So pleased we helped you through your grey days X

  2. It sounds like a perfect, pleasant day and evening. It’s so good that Heidi came to visit — did she have an opportunity to meet Nugget? While he isn’t exactly the center of your household, he surely has become an important part.

    I enjoyed seeing the Verbena bonerensis. It’s a common one here, known as Brazilian vervain. It is an insect magnet, for sure.

  3. As always I enjoy the gardening tours. I am also glad to hear you spent tim reminiscing and exchanging thoughts and feelings about Michaelโ€™s death to talk about it is often a sign of healing.

  4. An enjoyable relaxing post Derrick, feels like you could sit anywhere in your garden and be surrounded with a vista of colour to soothe the mind, and enjoy the Tenors voice of Nugget.

  5. Thank you for another lovely garden tour. I found Nugget on the five, didn’t look at the previous, if you could’t find him then what chance did we have?

    I’m so glad daughter-in-law Heidi came to visit. I can’t bring myself to say ‘former’ because she’ll always be your daughter-in-law just as Michael will always be your son. I enjoy those times we as a family reminisce they are always welcomed.

    I drank exactly the same as you last night, a gift from my son who came for supper on Friday but ended up staying two nights and he only lives ten minutes away!

  6. What a sweet day! ๐Ÿ™‚
    And I am so glad Heidi could spend time with you. So important for all of you. Did Nugget come out to join you all?
    Nugget would be a good alarm clock! And he makes music to garden by! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€ As the leaves turn yellow, orange, and red, Nugget will be even harder to find in the trees! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    HUGS to all of you ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Nugget certainly blended in with the foliage in the photograph before the โ€˜Whereโ€™s Nugget?โ€™ series, didnโ€™t he. Or perhaps he was round the other side of the tree. Anyway, I found him singing or otherwise in the other photos. I wonder at what point a lady friend might join him?

  8. I hope nugget does not burn his feet on the Red Hot Pokers! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    A 6 am alarm call would not be on my list of favourite things in life but because it was Nugget i will forgive him – although i suspect you were both already awake, if only just? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I believe i spotted nugget in the weeping birch, sitting near the main trunk on the arching branch close to the bottom of that pi! – he’s out of focus but the shade of orange on his breast kind of gives him away!

    As for him singing i believe he is singing an Ode, in D (major!)…
    “O -de red-red-robin comes bob-bob-bobbin’ alooonng!!” ๐Ÿ™‚
    (I’m here till Thursday – bring your friends!)

    The bumblebee on the verbena is an excellent capture. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have you, or are you considering, planting a tree or shrub of some kind in the garden in Michael’s honour or would that not feel quite right? I’m sure the grieving is nowhere near yet finished for any of you.

  9. I don’t think I can add much to the comments above, and I share the sentiments about your son and Heidi. Beautiful photos, fun hide-and-seek. Do robins stay all winter where you are?

  10. I found Nugget in all 5, but in the large one, I enlarged it further to full size and I couldn’t spot him either. He’s getting to be a pro at this.

  11. Finally, a wine I recognize – Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio. I feel like a member of the team at last!
    Its kniphofia season already? And I note from one of your other posts that pannage has begun, too. Fall is here.

    I’m glad you were able to talk about Michael and share memories with your daughter-in-law. It hasn’t been that long and I’m guessing the feelings might still be raw.

  12. I think your garden is a microclimate or the area you live in is one. It’s still so beautiful, even while a few plants portend fall. I’m so glad you got a visit with Heidi and that you will be in touch. It helps. And nugget singing in the tree was his usual cute self. Will he migrate? If he does, I bet he will be back next spring.

  13. Your responses from your readers are priceless! I congratulate you for answering every one of them. You need a full time secretary!! (No need to answer this one!)

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