Saturday, August 26, 2017

Two Magpies Walk Into A Bar...

Okay, maybe "a bar" is a stretch, but these two have become very comfortable helping themselves to the stray cat's watering dish on the front step.  They also partake of the kibble we sometimes leave there. 

Leeks (Giant Musselburgh)

The leeks (trimmed up) and the first Gelber Englischer Custard squash.

The first - and only- ripe Snow White cherry tomatoes!  They are much sweeter and tastier than I expected.

Calima and Galopka beans, Giant Musselburgh leeks, Romanesco cauliflower, Snow White cherry tomatoes, Ping Tung eggplant, Early Annie tomao, and a Gelber Englischer Custard squash.

Close-up of the Romanesco cauliflower.  
Fractal.  Psychedelic. Yummy.

The first ripe Cherokee Purple tomato.

Walking up the driveway with leeks in hand, this guy fluttered by and landed on the driveway five feet ahead of me.  He enjoyed the sun and the warm pepples for 15 minutes before moving on.


  1. Reviewing past posts and noticed anew the photo of the butterfly warming herself on the pebbles. 15 minutes you say.... could be Nan checking out your bounty. She loved flowers and gardens and you :)
    Also adore the post title, entry and photo about the magpies : ] You are a born writer/photo journalist. Might take after your grandfather Simmons! I think you missed your calling, although there is still lots and lots of time to share those gifts

    1. I thought of Nan when that butterfly landed in front of me. Another large butterfly did the same thing behind the house (though only for a minute or two) later the same day. I think of her whenever I see dahlias, too. Must get my love of them from her. :)

  2. Your photos, and your obvious care of your abundant, rich array of vegetables are so enticing! The carrots are amazing! Here, we can buy what's peddled as "rainbow carrots", but yours are beyond that!
    Callymae is totally correct in praising your writer/photo journalist skills!
    As for me, I'm totally in love with magpies, as they are so expressive. Hope they're not too full of mischief or nuisance-ing!
    Three cheers to you,

    1. Thank you for your kind words! You would have plenty of feathered company here, as it is 'Magpie Central', especially in the summertime. Cheeky little guys!