Six on Saturday (8 December 2018)

I don’t know about you but lately I’m tending to take my Six on Saturday photographs the weekend before they’re posted. More often than not they’re taken late on a Sunday afternoon when I suddenly realise there are only a few hours of daylight left and there won’t be another opportunity to take any more photographs until the following weekend. Last Sunday, as I pottered round the garden, phone in hand ready to take some stunning close-ups of flowers, leaves or buds, I realised I was struggling to make up six unless I featured the usual flowering stalwarts that have featured many times before (primarily the snapdragons). So I decided I’d take a break from sharing plants and go for objects and ornaments in the garden instead.

1. These metallic mushrooms were purchased at the Taunton Flower Show a few years ago. They’re weathering rather nicely underneath the standard Buddleia.

2. I can’t remember if the little bird bath was a purchase or a gift. We acquired it when we were renting our first house. It was a new house that backed on to the back of allotments. The garden was tiny but we attracted a large variety of birds to the bird table and naturally a bird bath was required for them to have a drink and take a little dip.

3. When we bought our first house six years ago we found it came complete with a proper bird bath in the garden. Unfortunately, and I forget the specifics, I broke it (I think I was struggling past it with the remains of the raised bed that I was dismantling enthusiastically with a sledgehammer). My mother-in-law kindly bought me this one as a replacement. It’s much tougher that the original one; it was used by some blighter in an attempt to break into the house last year via the conservatory. They failed and attempted to break into the neighbour’s house instead. Thankfully the scoundrel was caught.

Watching birds enjoying a bath never grows old, though apologies for the rather unsteady camerawork…

4. A newt/lizard/gecko found in Lyme Regis. He lives next to the pond. I find myself talking to him sometimes. I don’t know why.

5. Yes, it’s those love ’em or hate ’em hedgehogs that we found in the garden when we moved here. I was surprised to discover they had a few fans when I was rather disparaging about them in a SoS a while back. They’re helping to hold down the swing seat cover over the winter, hidden away out of sight!

6. And finally… I’m always keen to attract wildlife to the garden (well, desirable wildlife). We’ve had this small bee hotel for a couple of years now. I completely forgot to check it during the summer but it looks like some leaf-cutting and masonry bees have made use of it again which is rather nice.

And they were my Six on Saturday. For more Sixes on Saturday, from all around the world, take a look at the site of the chap who started it all over at


20 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (8 December 2018)

    1. Hmm, another fan of the hedgehogs. I must be missing something. I still have the base of the old bird bath. I’m on the lookout for some sort of metal sculpture thing to put on top of it.

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  1. That poor stupid burglar, throwing a very good birdbath at the house, rather than making off w/the birdbath itself. Not actually a professional, was he? Glad he got caught, hopefully sent to prison so he could get some proper mentoring for future ventures. Loved seeing the various decorations & how well they look in a garden. And yes, those hedgehogs are delightful.

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      1. I used to ride the train w/the guys on day release for a local minimum security. They’d talk about whose girlfriend had stuck by them, whose hadn’t, compare their drug pricing, give each other selling tips. Quite an education for me, tho I didn’t go into the trade myself.

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  2. I’m quite fond of Geckos and watching birds bathing is always fun, they seem to enjoy it so much. I have just bought a new garden ornament for my courtyard. All will be revealed in a future SOS 🙂

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    1. Oooh, good build up of anticipation there! Look forward to seeing it. Watching birds taking a dip always cheers me up if I’m having a bad day.

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  3. Sometimes garden ornaments can be overdone, but yours have a nice weathered patina to them and sit in the garden as though they properly belong.

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  4. that blackbird is really enjoying his bath! Oh… and don’t worry, I often talk to the lizards and geckos in my garden.

    And you have just reminded me, I need to make a bee hotel. Last year I was pestered by a huge black bee who was trying to make its home in one of the holes in my swinging chair. At the time I didn’t understand why, but now I’ve had an aha moment.

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    1. It’s been wet and a bit wild this weekend. Hoping it improves a bit this afternoon to take some photos.


    1. I think they have slightly sinister looking faces. They’ve done a good job holding down the swing seat cover during all this blustery weather though.

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