A Pee And A Frolic With Santa


This morning I hand delivered some local cards.

We then drove to New Milton for some very last minute Christmas shopping, and on to Keyhaven

for a look at the harbour where sleek swans and male and female mallards foraged in the silt alongside each other, dripping water as they came up for air;


gulls perched on railings;


and speckled sandpipers trotted about.

On the Hurst spit could be seen silhouetted figures such as the dog hurtling past its owner to cock a leg against a post. Presumably unaware of the urination, Santa rested his bike against the pillar, and another dog game scampering by for a frolic with the first. Fulfilling his social duty, the dog’s owner toted a filled poo bag.

Mathew, Becky, and Ian, with Scooby, arrived for the Christmas holiday at intervals during the afternoon. Tess and Poppy are to follow on later. Jackie fed us on a delicious cottage pie with crisp carrots and cabbage. I drank Doom Bar, and I’m not bothered about what the others chose.


We hope that, tonight, Santa will find his way to the house. So we left some guiding lights on.


  1. Dear Derrick and Jackie,
    Have a lovely Christmas and New Year.
    From David your old friend from Minstead.i still follow.your blog every day.

  2. Merry Christmas from the land Downunder. They’re forecasting a hot one this year, Adelaide is expecting 40’c. And in Sydney the possibility of an afternoon thunderstorm. Will be thinking of you and Jackie in your cosy house surrounded by loving family xxxx

  3. I’m having some Wensleydale cheese and a well chilled Pinot Grigio and am not bothered by what anyone else is having either. Merry, merry to you and Jackie and all the clan you’ve introduced us to. Cheers!

  4. After a bird had the temerity to take a crap on president-elect Donald Trump during a recent speech, Mr. Trump has announced the creation of a research team that will be working on training all the birds in the world to use a litter box. Merry Christmas, my friend. πŸ™‚

  5. Great set of photos, Derrick. I’ve had my own encounter with Santa and he is making a bee line for yours, I’m sure. πŸ™‚ Happy Holidays and all good wishes for 2017 to you and yours.

  6. Merry Christmas, Jackie and Derrick. I feel like I know you both from our Internet friendship. So, to the Isle of Wright from the Illinois plains, I send my greetings. I met Cynthia Jorbin through her interesting and funny comments on your blog. It crossed my mind that it must be nice to spend Christmas in Heaven. Thank you for enriching my life, you two!

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