A Variation On “Where’s Nugget?”

While I was drafting yesterday’s post Jackie nipped into the garden for a matter of minutes to take photographic advantage of

the last rays of the setting sun.Β From this end of the Back Drive (take note of the larch beyond the compost bins on the right) she focussed on

the Virginia creeper and accompanying Japanese anemones.

She also caught a pink rose with which I hadn’t been successful earlier on.


The golden light in the background picked up the the tips of the cypress tree;

the weeping birch,

Japanese maples,

and more.

Today, while the Head Gardener continued with her bed clearance, taking occasional trips to make sure she was safe, Nugget kept the enemy from the gate.

He perched on a tree midway,

puffed himself up,

had a good shake,

and a preen;

until he decided he looked hard enough to take on

his rival who was switching between the hawthorn and the larch on the Back Drive.

So, for a little variety “Where’s Nugget’s Rival?”

This evening we dined on Jackie’s nicely matured liver and bacon casserole; crisp Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, parsnips, mushrooms, and butternut squash; crunchy carrots; firm Brussels sprouts and green beans, with which the Culinary Queen drank Blue Moon and I drank more of the Saint-Chinian.



  1. The afternoon light looks beautiful: that diffuse light at the end of the day is a favourite for me. I also enjoy the way you anthropomorphize Nugget – so well – for it reminds me of the robins in my aunt’s garden in Dorset. It was wonderful for me to experience how tame they became, even for the short time I was there.

  2. Nugget’s rival isn’t very good at the ‘Where’s Wally’ game πŸ™‚ Jackie however has taken some stunning shots. I think my favourite is the second of the evening glow on cypress – I love the colour and form in that one.

  3. That golden hour where the sun’s last rays and the leaves combine to produce such a gorgeous colour – wow. Glad to see Nugget is keeping watch, Derrick. I salute the brave guardsman.

  4. Wowza! Beautiful photos, Jackie!!! πŸ™‚ You’ve captured the light wonderfully! Thank you for adding light to my life!

    Your photos are nice, Derrick. Ha! Just teasin’ you! Your photos are ALWAYS spectacular! Love the robin-y photos, always! πŸ™‚

    I think Nugget is hoping The Rival will leave, and a Pretty Partner will show up, so they can go on a date! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚
    PS…Does nicely matured liver taste better than immature liver? I imagine immature liver can be goofy! πŸ˜›
    Tonight I am fixing Chicken Parmesan, chunky (Veggie-heavy) Marinara Sauce, pasta, and a salad.

  5. From the sound of things Derrick you and Jackie each has a large fan club! Congratulations on capturing some lovely shots; I feel as if you have made me so familiar with your yard that I could find my way around there quite easily.

    1. There is a maThere is a map on the β€˜About Derrick Knight’ at the top of the page.

  6. Many of the shots are light-paintings. I loved the first two and the trees bathed in deep golden rays of the sun. Nugget seems to have earned a worry in the world after all.

  7. Jackie definitely caught the mood of the ‘Golden Hour’ perfectly, also the signs of the approaching Autumn – beautiful.

    The shots of young Nugget are at least equally beautiful, of course. πŸ™‚

    Although the light seemed to be fading i was able to spot Nugget’s rival, but you can let Nugget know he is still king of the Where’s Nugget photos!

  8. It looks like the sun is trying to persuade your trees and other plants to get a move on and move into autumn golds… it’s very beautiful! And little Nugget is adding to all that (I didn’t look for the rivals, sorry – but will take your word that they’re hidden in there. πŸ™‚ )

  9. Oh, that golden time of day! Beautiful. Pretty sure I found Nugget’s rival. You might be interested to know that our robins, which look very different from yours and are not nearly as cute, travel about in flocks. I guess they are more sociable.

  10. Both you and Jackie are so talented. You two are a perfect match and Nugget could not have chosen a better place to live. I think all of us who read your blog secretly wish that we could be Nugget. Thanks again for giving me a small glimpse of your Heaven my dear friend.

  11. Jackie has a lot of work to do with a garden your size – maybe I’ve said it before but it must be wonderful to have so much outdoor space!

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