Seeking Shade

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This afternoon we drove to New Milton where Jackie ordered a pair of shoes and delivered my dry cleaning to Johnsons. Carefully avoiding the Hampshire Show traffic we continued into the forest.

Yesterday, while focussing on deer, I mentioned that ponies sought shade from our current extreme heat where they could.

Around Brockenhurst and along the Beaulieu road the New Forest ponies clustered under the shady oaks and other trees.

One of these taller animals was able to tear a meal of oak leaves from the boughs without standing on hind legs as yesterday’s deer had done.

At East Boldre a couple of cows and a single calf used ย hedge for food and shelter. Both the adults frequently snared their tails in brambles;

and a pair of rather more inventive ponies availed themselves of the bus shelter.

Walker with dogs

This dog walker was clearly more comfortable on shady lanes.

This evening the three of us dined on Jackie’s thighs – roasted chicken in Chinese spices, that is; special fried rice; and multicoloured runner beans from the garden. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden; Elizabeth and I finished the Malbec, and started another, Parra Alta 2017.

 

47 thoughts on “Seeking Shade

  1. Still 102 F (38.88 C) here in New Mexico…I always assumed England was cool…but it looks like the beans are weathering the heat beautifully.

  2. Wonderful photos of the ponies. I agree with Jill about the dog walker shot.
    Dined on Jackie’s thighs. Oh, Derrick! ๐Ÿ™‚
    No Malbec on hand, but I think I need to open a bottle of wine.

  3. I think the animals are pretty clever, especially the ones that decided to take over a bus stop. The beans look delicious. I didn’t know you had planted veggies in with the flowers.

    • The beans are grown for their flowers, Lisa ๐Ÿ™‚ They should have climbed the arches, but actually they suffered from the weather. Perhaps I should have mentioned that the bus stop shelter has a stable door, so they can only stick their heads in. Thanks very much

  4. We tend to get a harsher version of summer which routinely stays afloat the forties. No man or pony or dog has any respite from the Natureโ€™s Turn before the skies begin weeping. The beans look colourful and yummy!

    • Thanks very much, Uma. I experience the 40s in summer in France. That was dry heat and therefore I didn’t mind it. Most of the beans have suffered from the weather, but these were OK

  5. Hoping all the beautiful animals find water, food, and shade each day!

    Beautiful photos! And the beans look healthy and yummy!

    OH! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ glad it was chicken thighs that Jackie prepared for dining on and that her actual thighs are safe and well! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜€

    HUGS for all of you!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks very much, Cheryl. In my lifetime there have only been two summers to rival this heat: 1947 when I got melted road tar all over my clothes; 1976 when the pavements burnt bare feet

  6. Ooh – I like the look of those runner beans. Felder has been growing garden peas but the pods seem more swollen than they should be given that the peas inside are beadlike. I don’t know if it’s the variety as we haven’t grown it before or the season or perhaps we just have to be more patient. I’ve been nominated as picker so, for now, they remain on the plants.

  7. If only we were as smart as the other animals… Keep planting trees, people. We’re going to need all the shade we can get in years to come, as the world rapidly heats up. Always love your bucolic photos, Derrick!

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