We Were Also Present

Jackie drove me to Sears Barbers at Milford on Sea for Peter to cut my hair.

The clear, crisp, light eased the surface of the Solent and sharpened the Isle of Wight, The Needles, and the lighthouse.

Having watched the recorded World Cup rugby match between New Zealand and Canada, then the first quarter of the game between France and USA last night I watched the rest of the latter contest later this morning.

Danni has e-mailed a batch of photographs she took on her phone at Mum’s birthday lunch. While Jackie and I focussed on my mother, Ella used telepathy to let her G-Ma know that she fancied a battered prawn.

It is always good to be reminded with photographs, that Jackie and I were also present.



Earlier Danni captured the unwrapping moment,


and later she caught the Birthday candle before Mum, with the speed of a robin darting on his prey, blew it out so she could savour her sweet.





In producing this image of the four generational shot I display my distinct lack of competence with a phone camera. Sorry, ladies, I prefer to see what I am doing.





Nugget was in close attendance as Jackie continued clearing and planting this afternoon. She had the opportunity to introduce him to his potential winter quarters, “Where’s Nugget?” (32).

This afternoon I watched recordings of the matches between Georgia and Fiji, and between Ireland and Russia.

Dinner this evening consisted of succulent pork loin steaks; roast potatoes, some sweet, and chestnut mushrooms; with crisp cabbage, crunchy carrots, and tender runner beans. Tasty gravy completed the meal with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Fleurie.


  1. Terrific family pictures and yes, it’s good to see you and Jackie in them for a change!!
    Nugget was easy to find, but I didn’t see his potential winter lodgings.
    Talk about an outstanding meal – THAT sounds better than any restaurant!

  2. Mmmm – we had pork loins last night too-
    I found nugget and hope his winter quarters suffice.
    Love the four generations shot…0

    1. Glad you noticed that! I said to D when I came in from the garden that it must have been colder as Nugget was puffed up and almost spherical. I do worry that he maybe too big for the teapots too.

  3. OH! The birthday photos are beautiful and a treasure! Ella will love seeing them when she is older! πŸ™‚
    Ha! Nugget is being a bit shady today! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ I hope enjoys his winter-digs! πŸ™‚
    Your scene-photos are stunning! Of the water and of Nugget in the garden! πŸ™‚
    PS…How is Peter doing?

    1. Thanks very much, Carolyn. Peter has had a knee replacement and is doing better from that than I. Unfortunately he suffers from persistent back pain but remains cheerful enough.

  4. Mobile cameras have improved of late thanks to the digital wizardry of merging multiple images having different exposures and angles of view and then cooking the pixels further. We could be the last of the folks who love our DSLRs. Having said that, the ease of use and convenience do get use some precious pictures, as made evident in your post.

  5. You photos of the Isle and The Needles might give reason to name it The Isle of White! – but i believe the colour has nothing to do with the nomenclature?

    Love the photos of you and Jackie and also the descriptions of psychic Emma and your Robin-like Mum!

    Nugget was easily spotted today.

  6. How was the haircut? I hate having my hair cut. Kim made me have a cut in Portugal and I had to agree that it had got out of control. I didn’t enjoy the experience!

  7. Good to see pictures of you and Jackie as well, and I love the picture with the candles! I don’t mind haircuts myself; I have a good chat with the woman who cuts it. I need to do more pictures of people in my blog, I think.

  8. We done all round with the pictures Derrick, great mementos of an iconic family moment, personally I would not take a picture with a phone cam, wouldn’t touch them with a ten foot barge pole.

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