Posting A Pivotal Week, Part One

23rd to 30th April 2024.

After cataract eye surgery and with a lingering cold I have been able neither to photograph nor to look at a screen for this period. How we have managed a way round it will be explained in Part 2.

The pivotal day was Thursday 25th, when, as we watched Flo, Dillon, and Ellie drive off to their new home,

Arbor Venture, symbolically, began to bring down the dead Weeping Birch tree. That process, Jackie was able to photograph.

Today, I produced these two pictures.


    1. For very good reasons, I cannot post their location, Merril. We do miss them a lot. Thank you very much. XX

  1. I’m glad you were able to get out into the garden. It’s always sad to lose trees, I’m not sure I’ve ever got over the loss of our trees.

    You already know how much I sympathise with you over the young family moving out.
    I hope today is a better day for you both. 🙂

  2. So good you got out and about and are doing better! The photos are wonderful Jackie and Derrick…but sad about the tree. I hope it had a long lovely life.
    Oh, my! I know you all will miss Flo, Dillon, and Ellie! (sad face) I will miss seeing them here on your blog. Will they be far away from you?
    Keep resting and healing, Derrick.
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  3. Take time to heal, Derrick ???? I’m sorry that Ellie and her family moved to their new house, it must be very quiet in your house now.
    Your garden is so colourful. Sorry about the tree.

  4. What a bittersweet time this must be for you and Jackie. Thrilling to watch the young family settle into their own home, but how you will miss them, especially darling Ellie. Do they live close enough for an easy visit? Take care, and rest.

    1. Thank you very much for your understanding, Laurie. They are too far for an easy trip for us.

  5. I’m delighted to see you back, Derrick, hopefully on the road to recovery. My very best wishes go to Flo, Dillon & Ellie but your house must seem very empty without them. A difficult time for you and Jackie <3

  6. I’m glad that you have been taking good care of your eye, Derrick, it’s nice to see you back. Jackie got some good photos of the dead tree slowly vanishing. As others have commented, your home must feel almost empty now but you have each other. ????

  7. So glad you are doing better now. You’ll probably miss Miss Ellie maybe more than you will enjoy the greater peace and quiet. Nice to see you post again. Gorgeous pictures by both photographers.

  8. Good to see you back, Derrick and Jackie! I agree with Pat, I am sure you will miss little Ellie, Flo and Dillon more than the peace and quiet. Hopefully they live close enough to visit often.

  9. So good to know all went well with your surgery Derrick.
    And great job of the pictures of the felling of the tree.

    Look after yourself xx ???? ❤️ ????

    1. Distance sight, excellent; but I have to wait for specs for reading. Thank you very much, Kim

  10. Glad to hear from you, Derrick 🙂 Love that you left some of the trunk of the Weeping Birch tree. Hope that the vision in your new eye gets better with each new day <3

  11. I’m very glad you’re back, Derrick. Sounds like it’s been quite a busy week. I hope you’ll be able to keep regular contact with Flo, Dillon, and Ellie. I’ve learned to skype with my grandchildren. I know it won’t be the same though and hope they can come back for a visit.

  12. Welcome back, Derrick. Good news your eye is healing and sad to hear, Flo, Dillon, and Ellie have moved away. I’m sure you will stay in close contact with them, and hopfully they send you photos of Ellie to enjoy.

  13. Bitter sweet news… family moving away. I hope it’s not too far. Glad you’re healing, Derrick. You are in my daily prayers.

  14. Are you and Jacking adjusting to being ’empty nesters’ again? … congrats on your healing, albeit slower than you’d prefer, I bet. 🙂

    1. It is a task to adapt to our new normal, Widders. Thank you very much.

  15. I am glad you are feeling better, Derrick. I am sure you and Jackie will miss your grand-family. The house does feel empty when the grandkids leave; I know it firsthand. I hope they are able to visit often.

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