Feeding Time

Such is the continuing mild nature of our weather that there was plenty of evidence on the holly bushes of Hordle Lane, along which I walked to the paddock and back this afternoon, that the other avian larders are still well stocked.

Holly berries

The berries are not even refrigerated yet.

Oak tree 1

Oak tree 2Oak tree 3Oak tree 4

The deciduous oaks are, however, displaying their seasonal x-ray images.

Horses crossing field 1Horses crossing field 2

As I leaned on the paddock gate, observing  that the horses were all sporting their protective rugs, they suddenly stirred, turned, and trotted with intent across the field. I didn’t really think I had had that effect on them.

Horses feeding 1Horses feeding 2

Soon afterwards a man and a woman led them to a pen on the far side. Whilst I couldn’t quite see what was going on, I imagine it can only have been feeding time that would provoke such spirited movement. My camera lens confirmed this.

Christmas decorations 1

Whilst writing this I am myself slowly being penned in by Christmas decorations which have a propensity to multiply at will.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s scrumptious sausage casserole; mashed potatoes; Brussels sprouts; and sautéed carrots, potatoes, onions, and mushrooms. Dessert was steamed pineapple pudding and custard. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the malbec.


  1. I love naked trees, love to see the shape and all of the branches this time of year, amazing pictures and as always, amazing supper!! I want to come eat with you!! 🙂

  2. What a pleasant, warm room. I remembered you oaks with leaves. Such wind driven shapes. And of course, the horses with their blankets look snug and cared for.

  3. Great post.
    Our winter has been very mild in this region of Canada. The snow and ice has come and gone multiple times- totally off kilter from the normal range.
    Lovely photos of an English December, outdoors and in. 🙂

  4. Derrick, you really gave a clever way with words. Dry wit. 🙂 The red berries contrasted nicely with the black skeletons of the bare trees. Your house looks lovely with pretty decorations. As always, a delicious homemade dinner to give you both sustenance and delight.

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