Fledglings, Red Onion and Smoking Chimney

29 May

1   Got a text this morning telling us that the baby thrushes which were just eggs last time we heard of them in their scruffy nest ( have all four successfully fledged today.  Lovely news. Thanks, Di.


Just look at the pattern in this beautiful red onion!

3   We had a barbecue this beautiful warm summery evening, Halloumi with Vegetables and it was a lovely evening, full of contentment.

Skewers ready to grill

One of our many chimneys used as a stand for the instant barbecue

Grilled and ready for eating


Posted by on May 29, 2012 in birds, family, Food, home, nature


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16 responses to “Fledglings, Red Onion and Smoking Chimney

  1. Russel Ray Photos

    June 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I always liked to cut the onions horizontally so I could see their growth rings. Not sure if onions have growth rings but that’s what they look like. Or maybe it’s just me with my Forestry degree. lol

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      I usually do, don’t know why I did it this way – and was then sp pleased with its beauty 🙂

  2. Androgoth

    June 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Those chimney pots make excellent stands, pots for flowers
    tool stands and of course many more inventive uses, and they
    can be found for as little as fifty pounds a pot, perhaps even a
    tad cheaper so well worth the effort of finding them 🙂

    Your BBQ idea is definitely up there with the best and what a
    delicious way of welcoming the summer months 🙂


    • mybeautfulthings

      June 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

      My lovely Mum collected them so I have a beautiful mixed collection. She and Dad renamed their cottage ‘Chimneypots’
      Thank again for calling in. It may be some time before I get to reading any of your writings as we have our Grandchildren with us for 10 days or so – wonderful and time consuming! 🙂

  3. erranttranscendentalist

    May 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Grilled halloumi sounds delicious!!

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    • mybeautfulthings

      May 30, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you so much! I am honoured that you like my blog enough to nominate me for this delightful award. I shall check it out pronto! 🙂

  4. dhphotosite

    May 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Yummy and what a great idea to use old chimneys as a barbque!!

  5. Choc Chip Uru

    May 30, 2012 at 6:39 am

    What a delicious skewer party – so colorful 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 30, 2012 at 7:01 am

      Colourful and tasty in a lemony marinade for 30 mins before grilling.
      Have a good day 🙂

  6. Don

    May 30, 2012 at 6:31 am

    The skewers look magnificent. Going to make some. Thanks

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

      Thought they might appeal to you! I marinade the veg and cheese in = amounts of lemon juice and olive oil and a mix of fresh herbs for about 30 mins before putting them on the skewers and then grilling. Hope you enjoy them 🙂

  7. Noeleen

    May 30, 2012 at 4:07 am

    The chimney as a barbecue – or even food warmer is a great idea. I really don’t know if I would have thought of that.

    Re the fledglings, oh mercy, they must be so tiny & fragile. Very very beautiful things, N.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 30, 2012 at 6:32 am

      I wish I’d seen them but it was lovely to hear that they all flew away safely. 🙂

  8. Jeannie

    May 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm


    • mybeautfulthings

      May 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Indeed! Fresh and very tasty. I am, as you may have realised, a fan of Halloumi cheese. Maybe it’s because I have to limit my salt intake so this is a real treat for my taste buds. 🙂


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