The Chicks Have Arrived

This morning I scanned the pages from ‘Tower Blocks’ written by Marian Lines and illustrated by Charles Keeping. Half were published later this afternoon as

Before lunch Shelly visited with presents of what looks an excellent Penfolds Shiraz Cabernet and a box of Lily O’Brien’s delicious chocolate liqueurs.

After lunch I watched the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles final between Elena Rybakina and Ons Jabeur. I then carried out dead-heading and weeding while Jackie watered numerous containers, facilitated by Flo’s having filled all the cans before she left on Tuesday. The Head Gardener then refilled them ready for the next session which will certainly be required tomorrow during our current very hot weather.

While touring the garden Jackie noticed and photographed

the myrtle blossom on the bush which has grown into a tree;

sunlight across the path to the Westbrook Arbour;

and the arrival of the still blind goldcrest chicks.

This evening we dined on chicken breasts in Nando’s Chilli and Garlic sauce on a bed of Jackie’s savoury rice with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the guv’nor.


  1. Beautiful photos, Jackie!
    Some wonderful changes and newness in the garden! πŸ™‚ The babies are so adorable! Welcome, chicks! May you grow up healthy and strong and fly on to great adventures! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚ ❀️
    β€œIn order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” – Robert Lynd πŸ™‚

  2. Now the real work begins for those parents. Nest building and nest sitting are one thing, but keeping food on the table? That’s another issue!

  3. Don’t tell me who won the women’s Wimbeldon – we’re watching the replay now! I love watching tennis! πŸ™‚ What a treat to see those baby chicks, Derrick. Thanks for sharing the picture.

  4. You will have done exceptionally well if goldcrests can fledge young successfully from the nest in your garden. They normally seem to prefer the thousands of conifers of north Nottinghamshire and similar evergreen woods.

    1. Thank you very much for that encouragement, John. We had to cut off much of a large Cypress a couple of years ago. That is where they nested before – until magpies swept through it. Perhaps a pair of those have returned.

  5. Lovely photos of the garden and the chicks are adorable. We now have a third set of doves in the hanging plant on our balcony. My hubby just barely got the plant pruned and watered from the previous doves and their family before the newbies arrived.

  6. Those are special flowers come up in your garden. I hope they will provide considerable entertainment before they take to wings and fly away to the larger world.

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