Hollow Post On Fire

I’m doing my best to rest my right shoulder today, which severely limited my angles of focus as I held my 35 mm lens to photograph

some garden views on my way to examine

the last of the Head Gardener’s incineration, to which I could make no contribution. The pictures show the final demise of a hollow wisteria arbour post.

I also cannot type much, but the images are all labelled in the galleries.

This afternoon Joe and Angela visited for my brother to sign the final Probate Application forms and to have dinner with us; Elizabeth joined us later and we enjoyed a few pleasant hours together. Angela brought Jackie a beautiful pearl and green gemstone necklace from China, various plant pots, and some of her authentic spring rolls.

The Culinary Queen provided what our sister-in-law called a Saturday, as oppose to a Sunday, roast lamb, roast potatoes and parsnips, Yorkshire pudding, multi-coloured carrots, green Brussels sprouts, white cauliflower – all cooked to perfection – with tasty gravy, followed by a fruit meringue and mince pies. Elizabeth, Angela, and I drank Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2020, Joseph drank Kopparberg alcohol free cider, and Jackie drank alcohol free Nozeco; the last two produced by Angela. Elizabeth brought the red wine.


  1. I’m sorry your shoulder is still sore — but you do seem to be able to move it around for at least some of your wonderful garden photos! The roses and fuchsias are still beautiful, despite the impending winter!

  2. The burning post post title is intriguing. So glad you got the final Probate Application documents finished. Your photos certainly do not hint of a tough time for you capturing them. Continue to keep resting the shoulder, and don’t try to get it back into use too early!

  3. I was glad to see there are still flowers blooming in the garden.
    Oh, dear I am so sorry that the shoulder is still causing pain, I can relate to your pain. Do you think you need a visit to A&E? Though I wouldn’t recommend that one unless the pain is bad.

      1. I’m pleased it’s much better. A week last Thursday I spent the whole day in A&E in one of the city hospitals (another story) – it was overly busy.
        Due to the pandemic it’s divided into two different A&E departments one for Covid and one for everyone else, and this limits the amount of available staff in normal A&E.

  4. What a delicious-sounding Saturday roast dinner! You still have so many flowers in your garden and I’m glad you were able to photograph them. I am sure it must have been very uncomfortable to do so. Get better soon. 🙂

  5. When it comes to such injuries, patience is good medicine as well as a virtue. The body has an amazing ability to heal, as long as we allow it to go at its own pace. I still remember the orthopedist who heard my complaint that “It hurts when I do ‘this.'” “Well,” he said, “Don’t do that.”

  6. I’ve had a few injuries of this type over the years, and shoreacres is right, they do take time to heal. It took my right shoulder 2 years to heal almost 18 years ago now. When we first moved here and were cleaning up major trash left out back I had the choice of catching a a heavy unwieldy object or falling back into a pile of broken glass. I chose to catch the object, an old heavy glass window the size of a door, the kind that had wire embedded in it for strength. I could feel the ripping going on in right shoulder. I couldn’t sleep on that side for 2 years, and I am right handed, and had to use the arm for at least some things. Do take care of yourself, and be careful. Give it time.

    I am glad Jackie is almost done with the burning. I worry about her, and she is not wearing an N95 smoke/dust mask to protect her lungs. I realize the N95s are hard to get for any purpose these days.

    1. Thanks very much for your concern, Lavinia. That was a tough one for you. Mine is very reminiscent of an earlier rugby injury so I am certainly more cautious now. Fortunately the burning is done, now.

  7. Wish you a warp speed recovery! The photos look as enticing as ever despite the temporary handicap you have mentioned in holding your gear. The tall rose against the sky is proud of its lineage.

  8. Hope your shoulder feels better soon. I started raking up piles in the garden today but the winds came up and I could not burn so I put my wheel barrow flipped over the pile to try and hold it for a calmer day.

  9. Looking at the pictures of your garden, it is difficult to believe that you have entered winter for it remains so colourful. I join other readers in wishing you good healing – sometimes such an injury makes us look at the world differently. While the ‘time heals’ adage remains true, do not discount the good a physiotherapist might do and enjoy some less strenuous activities for a while.

  10. Continued healing wishes for your shoulder. Please take care and rest.
    Lovely flowers a’bloom!
    Jackie’s menu reminds me…I need to buy some Brussels Sprouts this week.
    How nice to have family visiting and bearing wonderful gifts. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  11. I had a similar problem with a fall and a friend recommended a “wheat bag” which you put in the microwave, heat up, and then put on the affected area. I found it very effective. This may be the one I bought but in any case,m it’s very similar,


    Or you can search for “wheat bag shoulder and neck”. If you have next day delivery, you might even be fit to play in the All Blacks game.

  12. So sorry to hear about your shoulder injury. Sounds very painful. Hope it heals swiftly. Still plenty of colour in your garden. Enjoy your Sunday. Karen

  13. No one would know your shoulder was troubling you from these photos. Hope it’s feeling better today.
    I’m glad the probate is moving along–and gave you an excuse to get together.

  14. I’m sorry to read of your shoulder injury, Derrick. It’s difficult when our bodies fail us, limiting the things we want to do. Your garden remains lush and interesting, even as we descend into the colder months. I’m intrigued by the incineration. It’s so dry here that few places allow for seasonal burns. I imagine your healthy supply of rain makes all the difference.

  15. Sorry to read your injury continues to be very present and limiting your capacity to take pictures. I must say they look fine and nobody would have noticed that you were unable to change angles.

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