Raising Robin’s Interest

At lunchtime Martin showed us the completed raised bed he finished this morning. He has concreted in the galvanised pins, put additional brackets on the corners, sifted and replaced some of the removed soil, and saved the plants that have been dug up.

These primroses may go back in, with a number of bulbs.

The activity aroused the interest of a pair of robins.

We have now agreed that Martin will help us on a regular basis.

This afternoon I published https://derrickjknight.com/2022/02/03/a-knights-tale-98-1987-part-one/

On another decidedly dingy afternoon we visited Elizabeth who hasn’t been too well.

The sheep field opposite her home in Burnt House Lane, Pilley was well stocked.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s flavoursome liver and bacon casserole; creamy mashed potatoes; crunchy carrots and cauliflower, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Douro.


  1. What beautiful raised beds… so much more magnificent than ours, made by painstakingly de-constructing palettes!
    So looking forward to seeing what the Head Gardener has in mind for planting them up, and also to seeing more of Marting’s work – I’m sure we will all learn much!
    Hoping that Elizabeth is soon feeling much better.

  2. Good morning Derrick. The raised bed or beds will be good for you both. At first it will look out of place but then it will weather and plants will drape down the sides. Enjoy reforming parts of your garden.
    (Yes it’s morning in NZ, but Friday)

  3. I just opened up my Reader page and lo and behold – look who was first in the list!!
    Hope Elizabeth will be better soon!!
    So – it’s out with Aaron and in with Martin. Whomever you feel is reliable and does a good job – look like Martin won!!

  4. Sorry Elizabeth is feeling under the weather. It is nice to see robins in your photos again, Derrick! Those raised beds look wonderful, and wish we had a couple in our back yard!.

  5. It’s such fun to see the robins again! Now, I’m thinking about that liver and bacon. I’m not sure about that, but I’m willing to at least ponder it for a while. When I looked it up, I found a number of recipes from places like the BBC, so I’m thinking it might be a British dish. I’ve never heard of such, except on your blog.

  6. It looks as if spring will be full of new plants and perhaps a robin chick or two to befriend! The raised planter looks wonderful — and it will eliminate much bending as you work in the garden! I hope Elizabeth is feeling better soon!

  7. I sure hope Elizabeth feels better soon! (((HUGS))) for her. <3
    Martin did a marvelous job! I'm sure the raised bed will be filled with colour and beauty soon! πŸ™‚
    Aw, on the robins! (Every time I see a robin I think of Nugget.)
    Sheep a'plenty in Pilley!
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  8. Perhaps that little Robin is a descendant of our favorite little Nugget. The raised bed it gorgeous. I bet Jackie’s head is spinning with ideas of what to do with it. Give Elizabeth our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    1. Thank you so much, Jodie. We hope he is a descendant of Nugget who fathered three broods in his last year with us. Elizabeth is on the mend – we will pass on the good wishes.

  9. So sorry to hear about Elizabeth and I imagine your visit was very welcome. I hope she feels better soon.
    The raised bed looks excellent, Martin’s done a good job there, no wonder he’s a ‘keeper’

    One of my favourite meals, liver and onions with bacon and mashed potato.
    I disliked it as a child because my mother always over cooked everything, then my husband (a butcher’s son) showed me how it should be cooked. Delicious!

  10. I am writing a poem this morning Derrick, and your photo of the ‘Robinin the Hawthorn’ seems to suit the subject matter of my verse, “Until Eyes Hear Sound”, and again, thank you for allowing me to use your wonderful photos with my poems ..

  11. Naughty thought. Jackie will plant plenty in that bed. The flowers will spill over, hiding the substantial box. Then people parking will try to run over the flowers as they have been accustomed to, and come in for a rude surprise. That’ll teach ’em to show more consideration.

  12. Look at that! people all over the world are sending wishes to Elizabeth. I also hope she’s feeling better.

    And you two must be bursting with energy, eating that meal whose name i cannot mention, but is apparently full of iron. <3

    1. Many thanks, Yvonne. We visited Elizabeth to bring her back for dinner. She reckons to be better today when we will have some more, so don’t look. πŸ™‚ X

  13. Staying in a cabin on Lake Champlain years ago, I found a cookbook in which there was a recipe for liver balls with bacon. Couldn’t help but think of it seeing your meal. I hope Elizabeth feels better soon. And that raised bed is fabulous.

  14. I’m glad to read that Elizabeth is improving, Derrick. Hopefully the new raised bed will repel all errant vehicles. And the robins! Fingers crossed they like what they find in your beautiful garden.

  15. The raised bed looks very sturdy, and hopefully will work at keep vehicles off the plants. Martin does nice work. No more Aaron from A.P. Maintenance?

    Wishing Elizabeth a speedy recovery.

    I hope the robins settle in and make a nest in your gardens. I miss Nugget.

    1. Thank you very much, Lavinia. Aaron has disappeared. We miss him, but have a good replacement. Elizabeth is improving. We hope we may have another little robin friend. Jackie had a good conversation with one in the hawthorn yesterday.

  16. I’m sorry to hear that Elizabeth isn’t well. I hope her recovery is swift. I love the photo of a sweet the sweet robin in your tree. Your planter boxes looked amazing.

  17. Lovely photo of the robin. I can’t help but think of Nugget, as did Dolly. That raised bed is beautiful. I look forward to seeing it filled with life soon! Visiting is the perfect thing to do on a drab day.

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