As If There Were Not Enough Foals


This afternoon Jackie drove me to New Hall Hospital for a session with Claire, the physiotherapist who was very pleased with my progress. The flexion in my left knee has been increased by 20 degrees in the last two weeks. She adjusted the height ofd my crutch handle because she noticed that I lurch sideways on it because it was a bit too low.

As usual we took a cross-country route back home.

Thatched cottage, pony

We passed a picturesque thatched cottage with roses round the door. It faced a green with strangely uneven terrain that was carpeted with

ponies and cattle

Black Baldy cattle

including Black Baldies.

Cow investigating garden

Further along the lane a cow investigated someone’s garden while the next door neighbour had difficulty driving into hers because another blocked her access.

The Fighting Cocks at Godshill was surrounded by even more donkeys and foals than usual. Some of the youngsters clung to their mothers’ flanks, others flopped on the grass. As if there were not enough foals littering the verges, one eager asinine gentleman attempted to participate in the creation of another. He was rebuffed, and brayed his displeasure.

Donkey and foal

When these two set off to cross back over Roger Penny Way, we were a little disconcerted. We needn’t have worried. Having slalomed around numerous equine cousins, all vehicles at this point progressed at a snail’s pace.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s splendid chicken jalfrezi served with boiled basmati rice.




  1. That is great news about your knee increasing range, and I am glad the crutch got adjusted–they can put such strain on wrists and armpits even at the best of circumstances sometimes.

    That is a darling cottage, and those ponies and donkeys and cows are so nice to see. They quite rule that roost apparently!

  2. I LOVE that cottage with it’s wave like hillocks! I want to move in immediately!! I wonder if the garden owners ever get concerned about the various ponies and cows and donkeys making inroads into their gardens. There wouldn’t be much left if they decided to visit! Good news about the knee and the crutch adjustment too – leave it long enough and you will permanently lurch to the left….. 🙂

  3. The house with the blue shutters, thatched roof and rose over the front door is surely the epitome of an English cottage. I’m guessing that like cows in India, the ponies have right of way in your area.

  4. It’s wonderful that you are doing so well in your recovery, Derrick!
    I love these photos–that cottage is charming. I like the Black Baldie’s face–and the little donkey is so adorable!

    1. OMG – I bought a jar of the jalfrezi sauce just the other day – just because I saw it and I knew Jackie did such a thing. Lord knows what I will do with it.

      1. I would stir fry the chicken, with onions, add the sauce and just leave it to bubble away for a while , until all is thoroughly cooked and serve with rice, basmati if you can get it. I would probably add more garlic too!

      2. Oh, thank you so much, both of you! I was able to print out the recipe, Derrick, and I have jotted down Jackie’s notes.
        Jackie – I DO have basmati rice, and extra garlic is a given in my world. : ) Thanks so much for the tips.

  5. Good to read of your progress Derrick – that’s a lot of progress in two weeks. Love your countryside photographs with the beautiful farm animals.

  6. Great photos! The thatched cottage was especially nice. I’m glad you’re making such good progress with your knee.

  7. Horses and cattle and donkeys! Oh, my! 🙂 What sweet faces! They bring such happiness! 🙂 I hope they will all be safe as they rest, play, walk about, etc.!

    So glad to hear you are progressing well, Derrick! Keep up the good work!

    Your dinner sounds delicious!
    HUGS for you and Jackie!!! 🙂

  8. Good to hear the knee is progressing. Do you know what the new knee is made of?

    Lovely to see/read about the pony fun and games ?

  9. Glad to hear that your knee is improving. A friend had hers done about the same time as you and she just got her driving privileges back, she is very happy about that.

  10. Good news on your forward progress and I’m happy you are no longer listing to bowside – well done Claire! All those baby donks have be drooling with delight – and I must shout out for that gorgeous eye-patched black baldie resting her own knees very sensibly in the sunshine ?

  11. I’ve been out of the blogging world for a bit, so it’s good to get back to it and see these refreshing pictures. It lifts the spirit. Thanks a ton.

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