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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Nesting Instincts

"And most I like the winter nests deep - hid
That leaves and berries fell into:
Once a dormouse dined there on hazel - nuts,
And grass and goose - grass seeds found soil and grew"
~ extract from the poem 'Bird's Nests' by Edward Thomas, 1878 - 1917.

Not edible and certainly not belonging to an emu ~  himself and I espied this exquisite clutch of eggs as we walked round Hampton Court Gardens, in Herefordshire earlier this year. All part of an exciting quiz for younger visitors - on examination the letters on the eggs unscrambled to reveal the identity of the bird. Rather easy in this paticular case and not quite esoteric enough for us adults but we still derived enormous enjoyment from this mental exercise.

Escape now to ABC Wednesday for even more on the evasive letter E.


  1. Maybe figuring out the name of the bird was easy for you, but not me. What a fun teaching tool for the young ones, and we who are young at heart.

  2. Most of our bird eggs don't have letters on them!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. Hello.
    Guess I'd better join the young ones to learn, because I haven't a clue!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Evening Wind

  4. Did u mark those eggs or did the birds learn to write?? :P,

    Pheno, ABCW Team

  5. An eggsceptional picture! Very well eggsecuted.

  6. Got it once I'd figured it is a U not a C. And that the bird's name has two words...
    A lovely photo.

  7. I've just been catching up on your recent posts, Anna. What a lovely garden you have to visit on your doorstep. I love all the sculptures, especially the books. I tried Crystal Lemon cucumbers a few years ago and wasn't very keen on them. I'm not having much luck with my cucumbers at all this year. Love the bird's nest, a great way to get the kids using their brains.

  8. What a fun way to engage the kids!

  9. Thank you for the "subscribe by email" option Anna, am all signed up! Love the twist on the egg hunt, may have to try something like that for my nephews some time.


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