Where To Find A Drink

Woman photographing cattle in Highland Water


This afternoon we drove into the forest in search of water. We hoped to find at least some areas where the animals could drink.

The bed of the stretch of Highland Water just outside Brockenhurst was unusually dry, yet provided enough water for cattle to drink and to paddle, and for dogs to play. Other photographers recorded the scene while I focussed on them.

From there we proceeded to Hatchet Pond where the levels were high, and, again, cattle stood in, or along, the far side of the lake.

The tide was high at Tanner’s Lane. This little boy couldn’t drink the water, but he could certainly play in it. Just after I took these photographs he was stripped off and paddling.

As we left the lane a Muscovy duck made its slow, ungainly, way across the road, practising the heel and toe technique that would please my physiotherapists.

Back home we had no trouble finding a drink. Ours were taken on the grass patch from where we could enjoy views across the garden; and hanging baskets and planters in and around the area. Jackie couldn’t resist making a few adjustments. Bees, like the one in the convolvulus in the last picture, were still very busy.

This evening we dined on a Margarita pizza embellished by Jackie with salami and cheese; and fresh salad.

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.

40 thoughts on “Where To Find A Drink

  1. Have you still had no rain? I hope you have had some. We had none for a few weeks but had two or three good days of it this weekend. Had a bit of trouble with lightning but survived.

  2. Water, so welcome on a hot day! Animals have an inherent wisdom, and it’s so amazing to watch them do what comes naturally. And you and Jackie too, knowing to gravitate to the garden, where beauty and beverage abound!

  3. For some reason I clicked on the photo of the bench area (view-from-grass-patch-to-westbrook-arbour-by-jackie) before I read the whole post, and I was sure I was looking at a professional garden you had visited on your travels. Just a stunning shot and garden area. How is it that I have followed you for so long and do not yet recognize every inch of your garden?

  4. One of the pictures reminds me of my village in the backwaters of the country, except that they have felled down some of the trees resulting in ugly clearings. Enjoy your drinks!

  5. Good morning Derrick!! Yesterday i left my office at 8 o’clock in the afternoon and as i was waiting for the bus … i looked to the view opposite…. trying to find something special to photograph….

    But here in this place there are not beautiful forests…. horses, trees, flowers… as in your place…. xaxaxa..

    I said to myself wait until tommorow … you will see Derrick’s beauties!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Nothing better than water…especially on a hot day! It just tastes so good to me!
    Your photos remind us, in a very beautiful way, how important water its…to sustain life, to quench thirst, to enjoy…it can be healing to mind, body, heart and soul!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  7. So glad the animals have a place to drink. In our backyard, there are two places for animals. The birdbath and our new little fountain in the garden. Just yesterday, while we were having our drinks on the patio, a little chipmunk took a drink from the fountain. Very cute, but unfortunately we didn’t have a camera to record the event.

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