Hordle Scarecrow Trail


This morning we visited New Milton, for a shop at Lidl; for me to have a haircut at Hair Design opposite; and to pay some cheques into the bank, although there’s hardly any point in the current economic climate.

Following the amount of interest expressed in yesterday’s scarecrow photographs, we investigated further. The competition is judged by visitors, like us, who bought a list of entrants with space for voting on three categories: Child, Individual, and Business. There is no prize, but subscriptions go towards the September fete. The theme is Children’s Stories. The pictures taken yesterday are of children’s creations. Today we visited a few more, including

Scarecrow 7

Jun(ior) 3 ‘Red Riding Hood’, at 29, Sky End Lane;

Scarecrow 4

IND(ividual) 14 ‘Ugly Duckly’ at 49, Ashley Lane;

Scarecrow 6

and Businesses 11 ‘Tinkerbell’ at Hordle Post Office, 14 Everton Road;

Scarecrow 5

13 ‘Little Red Riding Hoodie’ at Hordle Pharmacy;

Scarecrow 3

16 ‘Mr Wolf Little Red Riding Hood’ at Everything Pets in Stopples Lane;

Scarecrow 1

17 ‘Alice in Hordle Land’ at Classic Cuts alongside the pet shop;

Scarecrow 2

and 18 ‘Wanna bite, Snow White’ next door at Co-op Stores.

Back at home, the sunlight played on front garden plants




and some rather splendid lilies.

Shelly visited this afternoon and wandered around the garden with her sister.

The Raj in Old Milton is the third reincarnation in our time of the restaurant that was The Jarna when we first arrived in April 2014, then Spice of India until six months ago. We tried it this evening, and found it to be good. My choice of main course was king prawn naga. Jackie and Iย shared a naan, pilau rice, and tarka dal. She drank Kingfisher and I drank Cobra.


  1. I am fascinated by the scarecrow idea – it is a great way to participate in the life of the local community – everyone included! It is fun, creative and gets people out walking around the streets – I imagine lots of friendly banter along the way. It’s also a great opportunity to clear out the wardrobe ……. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it!!

    1. Very many thanks, Pauline. It is a great event. Last year everything was soaked, but they still did it. Jackie spotted a number of party dresses, presumably outgrown

    1. Many thanks, Oglach. Those two are both good. The figure in the pharmacy window is perfect; the wit of having the wolf in the bedroom, and the fact that it is a junior entry, means that they could both be winners

  2. The scarecrows are so creative!
    And of course, your flower photos are glorious.
    I’m glad the Indian restaurant’s third reincarnation was good. I love Indian food.

  3. It sounds like a fun competition. I think my favorite scarecrow is probably the duck. You know with glasses, he’d look a little like me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I love the Scarecrows and am always happy to see more pictures of your beautiful flowers. My Mom would have loved your garden as you have all of her favourites (with Lillies and Hibiscus being way up there with Roses and Hydrangeas).

  5. Wonderful scarecrows! Tinkerbell is so pretty, but I would take the poor ugly duckling home with me. Love your gorgeous lily photos, Derrick. I agree with Harlon on the beverages. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Aren’t the scarecrows wonderful! It looks like there’s been a lot of creative thought gone into all of those creations! The sunlight on the flowers is beautiful too.

  7. so many beautiful memories within these photo’s Derrick.. I loved the red arrows photos and have seen them at an airshow before.. Spectacular ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a relaxing weekend x

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