Making Jam, A Rose and Magpies

05 Sep

The family picked lots of Blackberries up the lane and I froze them for the moment I might have time to make jam and that I did this morning – Blackberry and Apple Jam and it is delicious.

Blackberry and Apple Jam

Just as the jam was all potted up, the doorbell rang and we could scarcely see who was at the door for the foliage and the goldenness of a beautiful rose plant – Crown Princess Margareta.  Thank you so much D&R – we said no presents and we meant it but this fragrant rose is gorgeous and will be given pride of place in our garden.

Fragrant and beautiful

I watched these two Magpies for some time from the study window. The lower one seems to be the younger, all fluffed up and being watched over by his Dad or we wonder if he has been in a fight?  I was concerned to see the lack of feathers on his head and his tail seems to be somewhat awry.  Any thoughts, Dear Reader?

Father and Son?

Bald baby or been attacked?



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7 responses to “Making Jam, A Rose and Magpies

  1. Mama Cormier

    September 7, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    When birds get old and sick they look something like that. One of my budgies that I had for 9 years just recently died and she looked like that.

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 7, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      So maybe it is old and sick and being watched over by the other one. When this weekend is over (the party) I shall contact the names given to me in another comment. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Arkenaten

    September 6, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    We used to pick blackberries along the hedgerows when I was a kid. I can’t remember if mum ever made jam from blackberries?
    My folks went fruit picking one summer and came back with more damsons that I had ever seen before … or since. My mother made enough damson jam that would of seen us through a siege!

    Can’t help you with the Magpie, I’m afraid.

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 6, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Lovely memories. A friend sometimes gives me Key Plums which are not unlike Damsons. One year I made jam and stuff like membrillo to eat with cheese. That was a success. With regard to our half bald Magpie, I was relying on you! Never mind – someone else might be able to advise. 🙂


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