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Threatened with an early disappearance of the sun that shone through the mist at dawn this morning, we took a drive soon afterwards. I have to confess that Jackie was the only person out of bed early enough to produce these two photographs.
Our first stop was at Norleywood where the land alongside a stream was very waterlogged;
and primroses and celandines sprawled over the slopes and beside the stream.
Prolific blackthorn also bloomed.
Llamas, two of which reconstructed Doctor Dolittle’s Pushmepullyou, grazed in a field further along the road;
cattle opposite had freedom to roam;
while neighbouring chickens certainly enjoyed free range.
At East End, an interesting problem for motorists was presented by the unloading of a lorryload of thatcher’s reeds at the same time as two huge vehicles were parked outside the house next door where heavy landscaping seemed to be in progress. We watched the reeds lifted by crane, carried over the hedge, and lowered into position for the imminent task of re-thatching an impressively proportioned house.
A rather splendid mimosa grew in a garden on the opposite side of the road.
It was so misty beyond Tanners Lane beach that neither the Isle of Wight
nor Lymington harbour was visible.
After I had taken this very pleasant woman’s photograph we had an enjoyable conversation, beginning with our lack of complete understanding of the cameras we were using.
More pale yellow primroses shared the banks of the ditch along the lane with little violets.
This evening we dined on Set Meal B at Imperial China in Lyndhurst, both drinking Tiger beer.
I could’ve joined you in the lack of complete understanding conversation. I keep buying books on how to work the camera, and one day I’m going to read one of them.
I identify 🙂 Thanks, Bruce.
So peaceful! Love these!
Thanks a lot, Leslie
Splendid photos, Derrick, (despite understanding your camera). 🙂 I particularly like the stream photos.
Many thanks, Merril 🙂
Jackie’s photos, particularly the second one, are beautiful. I love llamas almost as much as sheep. 🙂
Many thanks, Jill
Perhaps it was the early hour – but these photos were lovely to linger over!
Jackie is chuffed. Thank you very much, Pauline
Norleywood had some great ponds formed in waterlogged grassy areas with reflections which were amazingly captured on your camera. 🙂
I like the way you get up close and personal with spring wildflowers and the gorgeous mimosa tree, too. Lovely early morning photos by Jackie were a beautiful addition.
Thank you for your usual comprehensive comments, Robin
It was so nice you saw them, belated as I was. Sometimes they are left unanswered due to not be written in a timely manner! Your portrait was very nice on the post I went back in time to see!
So, I am not the only one discovering new functions on the camera by chance …
What makes you think I discover them, Sylvie? 🙂
It looks like you did (but maybe you don’t know it)
You sure it was tigers beer you were drinking? I’ve variously heard it called other things.
By the bye, with all those animals roaming about; is it okay to stop by a cow and get a couple of gills of milk to make your bedtime cocoa; and collect any eggs that those wayward chickens might lay?
As for the Llamas i think I’d probably just hop it quick smart!
Many thanks meLud
‘If I could talk to the animals’ … sudden and welcome memories of Rex Harrison – thank you.
Many thanks, Osyth. I do like triggering memories. Such a fine singer 🙂
It is so good to see that thatching is still being practised. I’m a bit of a fan of old skills being practised. Like whisky making.
Absolutely, John. We are surrounded by master thatchers and there are vast reed beds at Lymington. Can you get Talisker over there?
yes. Talisker is available
Love the mimosa there! Thanks for sharing!
Many thanks, Tamara
What a way to start the day, with such beautiful morning pictures.
Very many thanks, Laurie
All wonderfully evocative photos–I’d love to watch the thatching work being done!
Thanks very much, Kerry. We will go back and photograph the thatchers at work
What a lovely and peaceful morning!
Many thanks, Amy
Many thanks, Lynn
I have never seen thatcher reeds–enjoyed that scene. Also the blackthorn–like toe name and the flowers–and the mimosa, wow. Nice time out and about!
Thanks very much, Cynthia
Oh, dear, once more a typo–not “toe” but “the” name! Quite certain blackthorn does not have any toes.
Beautiful landscape, and spring is coming through…
It is. Thank you rabirius