Lovey Dovey

Last night I watched a recording of yesterday’s Rugby World Cup match between Wales and Fiji, and this afternoon that between Argentina and USA.

This morning we took a short drive into the forest.

The leaves of deciduous trees viewed before Sway Tower from South Sway Lane are just trying on autumnal tinges, and some of the field horses now wear their warming rugs in preparation for the colder nights which they have so far been spared.

Known as Peterson’s Folly this iconic edifice is situated on Flexford Lane, on the opposite side of which Judge Peterson built a trial of the building in order to demonstrate the construction capacity of concrete.

The prototype now appears to be a boarded up dovecote

visited by the odd pigeon,

one of which attracted the attention of its white cousin cruising up for

companionable canoodling.

Maybe the dove admiring itself in the conservatory window reflection was considering entering the fray.

While I watched the match Jackie helped Nugget to plant some bulbs.

“Where’s Nugget?” (35).

He allowed her to plant this row of festuca glauca in honour of Mick O’Neill and Bluegrass Parkway.Β 

This evening we dined on old gold smoked haddock; creamy mashed potatoes; piquant cauliflower cheese; crunchy bright orange carrots; and tender green runner beans with which Jackie drank Blue Moon and I drank more of the Malbec.


  1. My goodness he’s a handsome fellow! Someone should tell him he’s too rotund to hide side on though. The Sway Tower prototype is pretty ugly, so it’s as well the birds enjoy it – it lacks the finishing topper of twin turrets which I now fully appreciate makes all the difference between a Tower and a tower. Dare I ask how the new printer is going?

  2. My husband, Mike, recorded those very same Rugby games. He’s a big fan. Nugget is charming and so brilliantly​ colored. What a handy and charming gardening companion.

  3. I read your older post. Peterson’s Folly makes an interesting private dwelling. A bit tall for me. πŸ™‚

    Good to see little Nugget at work in the garden helping Jackie! πŸ™‚

  4. I can’t remember seeing a white pigeon; they’re really lovely. I spotted Nugget trying to hide behind that tower of a stem — it wasn’t quite wide enough! I finally got my new gizmo to print, copy, and scan, but I haven’t yet figured out photo printing. I’ve set that aside for the time being. I hope your consultants are helpful.

  5. It’s nice to see birds of different feathers companionably canoodling. I like that phrase, so I looked up canoodling. What a fun word! Great picture of Nugget, too!

  6. Such an attractive Nugget (barely trying to disguise himself behind plants), and how lovely to for the little bird to live daily in paradise. Meanwhile, another delicious dinner I missed out on…but…chicken and dumplings here tonight!

  7. The “lovebirds” brought a smile to my face, and of Nugget is always a joy to observe. I hope his “assistance” does not hamper Jackie’s efforts too much πŸ™‚

  8. Peterson’s Folly – What an interesting read, and thank you for the link to the original.
    So sorry to hear the printer is not yet working, fingers are crossed that the engineer will fix it today.
    I loved the pair of pigeons, so sweet. And I enjoyed seeing Nugget once again in his element helping Jackie. I spotted him hiding too.

  9. “If i can’t see you, you can’t see me!”

    Nice try Nugget. πŸ™‚

    (He is so adorable though)

    Wonderful avian photography today, Sir. πŸ™‚

  10. Only you could spot two “kissing cousins” on the tower, Derrick πŸ™‚
    Nugget, as I said the other day, sure is learning how to hide!! I did spot him, but he’s getting sneaky!

  11. I don’t know what to make of Peterson’s Folly Derrick, it has certainly stood the test of time whatever its purpose was, at least the Doves can enjoy its construction and views, not sure I would appreciate it as a view unless it had a symbolic use, maybe even a clock tower.
    Interesting post.

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