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Now, please don’t get too excited. It’s birds I’m referring to. Pigeons, to be precise.
I am no good at sexing birds, so I’m not sure which was which in this couple, although I suspect that it was the female who remained aloof whilst her suitor performed on the trapeze.
Not greatly impressed, she turned and flew away. He swivelled on the high wire and set off in pursuit.
Jackie continued her mammoth weeding and planting in the garden.
My contribution was digging out bamboo roots that had strayed into the gravel of the Oval Path. This also involved lifting border rocks and replacing them after removing the interlopers. Afterwards I ambled around with watering cans, and, of course, a camera.
We are daily enjoying new tulips,
including these parrots.
We inherited some prolific yellow wallflowers along the back drive.
Encouraged by them Jackie added these beautifully red-veined ones last year,
and these varicoloured erysimum Red Jeps quite recently.
Another recent planting is mesembryanthemums,
seen here in situ beyond the russet heuchera.
It was so hot this afternoon that we took cold drinks on the Castle Bench because it was in the shade. There is a little table each side of the seat for drinks. Jackie sat on the right. I sat on the left. She is left-handed. I am right-handed. Work it out. Until she twigged what was going on, we both rested our glasses in the middle of the bench. Then we swapped positions, and there was nothing between us.
This evening we dine on Jackie’s delicious sausage casserole, carrots, cauliflower, and new potatoes. She drank Hoegaarden and I finished the fleurie.