Only After Mum Had Enjoyed A Good Scratch

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This afternoon Jackie and I took a drive into the forest.

Skyscape

The recent strong winds and heavy rain have desisted, but the day remained overcast until this evening when the sun returned.

Tree fungus

This bright orange tree fungus at Boldrewood seems to have benefited from its liquid refreshment.

Water is trickling back into the pools, such as this one again attracting ponies.

After having slaked their thirst in a shallow ditch, two families of donkeys trooped along the road at Norley Wood.

Our way was hampered on Holly Lane, Pilley, by a group of ponies, one simultaneously suckling a foal and catching her tail on brambles. I attempted to weave my way between the hind legs of Β mares on either side of the narrow lane in order to take a shot from a different angle. This didn’t work, because the mother simply led her offspring further along the road. The manoeuvre did, however, have the benefit of clearing enough space for the Modus. Only after Mum had enjoyed a good scratch.

Elizabeth is spending a couple of days with friends at West End. This evening Jackie and I dined on the carvery at the Walhampton Arms. The service was friendly and efficient and the food unbelievably good value. For Β£7 a head we were offered a choice of beef, pork, turkey, or a little of each. Three large slices were served with Yorkshire pudding. We then loaded our good sized plates with sage and onion stuffing, Β roast and new potatoes, parsnips, carrots, swede, cauliflower, leeks, and runner beans. Gravy was available, as was the appropriate sauces for the meats. My choice was beef; Jackie’s was pork, each perfectly cooked. Jackie drank Amstel and I drank Razor Back.

61 comments

  1. That tree fungus is amazing – I believe I’ve never seen one before so robust and multi terraced. It’s beautiful! Great capture of the pony scratching too πŸ™‚

  2. Fabulous photos, Derrick. I love the dramatic sky, and that bright orange fungus is quite amazing.
    Great shot of the mum scratching–and all the rest.

  3. It looks as though someone has cut off the top part of the tree fungus; it may be edible, but I don’t find it in my mushroom book! Fabulous picture of the scratching Mama, and what a lovely meal.

  4. Love the orange fungas on the tree (very colorful) and of course, always love the photos of the horses and donkeys!

  5. Love the orange fungas on the tree (very colorful) and of course, always love the photos of the horses and donkeys!

  6. As we would say in Maine, those dinners were a wicked good deal. Great pictures of all the animals.

  7. something awesome about hearing “the sun returned” and then seeing the photos of life – and that fungus is bright!

  8. Is that fungi like mushrooms? I’ve never seen any that big and beautiful before.

    The rain is always good for all of nature…plants, trees, animals, insect, human-beans, etc. πŸ™‚

    I never ever ever tire of seeing the horses and donkeys! I think of them often and wonder if they are okay…finding water, food, shade, safety.

    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks very much, Carolyn. It is like mushrooms – but growing on trees. I don’t think it is edible to humans, but something has nibbled that one. I’ve never seen such a bright one before.

  9. Thanks for keeping informed on the wildlife and water supplies, Derrick. ( You knew eventually I’d ask). The ponies are looking great, but do the donkeys look a bit thin or is that just the camera angle?

  10. Who but our creator would have imagined a tree fungus beautifully designed? We have more rain and more big mushrooms than I ever remember here. I’m glad the ponies and donkeys have an abundance of water. Lovely photos of mama and foal.

    1. They often scratch, Brian. Against tree branches and, legs in the air, on their backs. I have photographed a few. Maybe I’ll catch some more. Thanks very much

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