Magpies, Snail and Our Fledgling

12 Jun

1    We have a family of Magpies chattering away in the garden, not quite enough for a parliament (when there are lots of magpies gathered together)  We have this rhyme with regard to Magpies but I’ve never seen more than five at once.

One for sorrow, two for joy;
Three for a girl, four for a boy;
Five for silver, six for gold;
Seven for a secret, never to be told;
Eight for a wish, nine for a kiss;
Ten for a bird that’s best to miss.

Young Magpie with a parent

Young Magpie with a parent

2   This very small snail was on our bench. I may not have found him quite so beautiful had he been among the baby lettuces!

Small snail

Small snail

3   Our new sculpture is being moved around the garden until we find just the right spot. Here he is sitting on several roof tiles, as advised by the sculptor, in the middle of the lawn but I don’t think he’ll stay there for long…….

Our Fledgling by Richard Holliday

Our Fledgling by Richard Holliday


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16 responses to “Magpies, Snail and Our Fledgling

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    June 15, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I’ve never seen magpies with blue on them. How gorgeous.

  2. Balvah

    June 13, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    You are so lucky. I could watch the magpies for hours. They used to frolic in the woods outside the mess hall at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage. I understand why the cartoonist, Paul Terry got the idea for Heckle and Jeckle..

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 13, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      I do love watching them; they are very beautiful. I’ll have to look up Heckle and Jeckle – new to me. Thank you for calling in 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Just looked them up! I see what you mean. 🙂

      • Balvah

        June 13, 2013 at 10:41 pm

        I never saw a parliament, but I can imagine the antics.

  3. mixedupmeme

    June 13, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Every picture comes from a fairy tale book. I like the yellow flowered field in the background behind the magpies.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      I love the yellow field full of buttercups too, especially in the evening sunshine. 🙂

  4. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    June 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

    love the sculpture

  5. djdfr

    June 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

    I had no idea that rhyme could have to do with magpies. I think we used it for jumping rope and it seems there was a line about “to get married”.

  6. Choc Chip Uru

    June 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I adore your ode to magpies my friend 😀


  7. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy

    June 12, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I think the sculpture looks beautiful in the garden.

  8. Marilyn Griffin

    June 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    He is bigger tan I thought…You’ll find just the right spot…
    It seems the Magpies like your lighthouse birdhouse!


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