Apple Or Ice Cream?

Ice cream between pillar boxes


Knowing that today would be the hottest May bank holiday on record prompted a trip to Lyndhurst for a spell of people watching.

On our way, Jackie parked opposite The White Hart in Milford Road on the outskirts of Lymington so that I could walk back to the roundabout and photograph the bluebells and other wild flowers on the banked verges. As I returned to the car along the footpath, a couple of cyclists approaching me from behind asked me to “excuse” them. I was unable to move out of the way, even if I had been so inclined. They were forced to pop up onto the grass, but thanked me anyway.

Eventually Lyndhurst High Street and its traffic became so crowded that it was impossible to focus on anything from my perch on one of the benches beside the pillar boxes, so we went home.

The High Street is approached down the hill beside the parish church of St Michael and All Angels. The Antiques Centre stands next to Down to the Wood where Romsey Road forms a T junction. On this corner people tend to stand to make up their minds which way to go next.

Often, like this couple pausing at Paws in the Forest, they will wander up the hill and return with an ice cream purchased at

the outlet advertising its wares with its outsize cone. One little girl chose an ice cream to match her blue sandals.

Cornets were definitely the treat of choice, although one gentleman preferred an apple.

Judging by the number of mobile homes, some carrying bicycles, in the perpetual stream of traffic, many travellers were making their way back to London or to Southampton.

Woman with mobile phone

At least one mobile phone was in evidence.

Man carrying toddler

One gentleman was in need of liquid fuel as he carried his toddler.

Family groups

and others, walked aided or unaided, with or without dogs, occasionally pushing bikes, thronged the pavement, crossing the road when there was a gap in the traffic.

This afternoon, I joined Jackie for her gardening break in the Westbrook Arbour, facing the Phantom Path. These views met our eyes.

With this evening’s meal of pepperoni pizza and plentiful salad, I finished the pinot noir since I had preserved some from our drinks on the patio. Jackie had consumed all her Hoegaarden.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

44 thoughts on “Apple Or Ice Cream?

  1. What lovely people watching! The kiddos here had ice cream after their swim yesterday, definitely not an apple. Though their nanny wished by 10pm it had been an apple lol.

  2. What fantastic photos, Derrick! You’ve inspired me to just get snapping whilst out on such a sunny day. I’ve recently started a photography bucket list (to go alongside my main bucket list) and my aim is to take 3 photos for each of the 50 categories including ‘crowds’, ‘children’, ‘senior citizens’ and ‘solitude’. However, until now, I haven’t really really people watched per se but I just love the way your photos have captured this lovely day 🙂

  3. Your garden looks beautiful today.
    (Whenever we drive through Lyndhurst, my husband always slows down as we drive past the Ferrari/Maserati dealers, so he can check out the wares on the forecourt!)

    1. It is very popular, Val. The staff are very helpful – will even point you in the direction of other outlets for items they don’t have. Thanks very much

  4. It is fun to go out people watching every now and then. 🙂 … it makes getting home to the peace and quiet all the more satisfying. 😀

      1. I’m packing my nursing stuff right now! Best of British luck with the surgery and rehabilitation, Derrick.

  5. I am craving ice cream, too, even though as I read this, it’s only 9:30. I guess I’d better wait. 😉

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