I Took A Tumble


Ronan and Mark of Tom Sutton Heating are well on schedule with our new installation. We have hot water. After another couple of days all will be completed.

Jackie continued her work on garden maintenance this morning and I dead-headed a few token roses this afternoon.

Crown Princess Margareta

and Mamma Mia are two of those that keep on giving;

as is Compassion, kindly climbing over the Dead End Path.

Clematis Sieboldii, masquerading as a Passion flower, has surprised us by blooming in the last few days;

geraniums are keeping pace with nasturtiums;

and bees continue their dalliance with dahlias.

Our National Trust has adopted the practice of placing a thistle on the seat of antique chairs in order to deter people from sitting on them. One of our metal chairs in the rose garden has come apart. Naturally it will be used as a planter rather than despatched to the dump. In the meantime, following the National Trust, Jackie has plonked a pot of chrysanthemums thereon.

Later, we drove along Cowpits Lane, Ringwood, turning into Linford Road, which we had not previously traversed. This proved to be a winding tree-lined lane of which the ponies claimed ownership.

The large foal that appears in the first picture of the long gallery attracted my attention as it began licking the tarmac in the middle of the road. The creature was oblivious of the car waiting behind it. I waved my arms about a bit attempting to draw it out of the way. This was to no avail. The driver emerged from his vehicle and adopted a hands on approach. I turned my back on the approaching animal, as it came towards me. This was in order to remove myself from its path. I was going to have to descend a steeper incline than I would have liked. As to be expected my pace increased to an involuntary run. The terrain levelled out, and so did I.

The concerned driver’s female companion yelled to alert him to what had happened. Slaloming around the grazing ponies, Jackie dashed out of the Modus. She and the driver soon stood on either side of me. I lay on my back, quite comfortably working out how I was going to get up. I rolled over and reached for helping hands. Jackie picked up the camera which had dented my forehead and raised my left cheekbone.

This looked much worse than it was. I only had a small cut and a little bruise. More importantly, I now know I can fall over and get up – quite a fear when you’ve just had a new knee fitted. No cameras were harmed in this production.

Elizabeth stayed at Mum’s tonight. Jackie and I dined on Hordle Chinese Take Away’s excellent  fare. Mrs Knight finished the Sauvignon Blanc and I finished the Cabernet Sauvignon.

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.

140 thoughts on “I Took A Tumble

  1. Well, the title got me to click immediately. So glad you and your camera seemed to have survived unscathed. I’ll be curious to hear how you feel getting out of bed tomorrow morning. THAT’s when you will know what’s sore.

    Love the planter on the broken chair: It’s good to have a bit of height in the garden & that’s a perfect way to get it. I remain amazed at the length of your growing season. You bloom so early in the spring and you still look so fresh and lovely long after we have fizzled for the year.

      1. Glad you are feeling fine! I truly believe an active life keeps us in good stead during the occasional mishap. Those muscles of yours know how to move!

        Ah, the color throughout the season thing is where I fall short. I have no spring to speak of. LOL – No wonder your season seems so long. I am a dope. (Laughing)

  2. I hope your “tumble” is truly nothing serious, Derrick!
    Meanwhile, I am with Mrs Knight in spirit on Sauvignon Blanc, and my husband would’ve gladly joined you with Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, those two were what we had with holiday lunch yesterday; what a coincidence!

  3. Oh Lor’! Thank heavens the camera was unharmed! You know when you said yesterday that you had gotten up at 11.30 and gone downstairs to hit the publish icon it had passed through my mind that maybe traversing stairs half asleep and with a new knee might not be the best thing to do. But also attempting to escape a pony on a steep incline is also a bit risky. I wish I was a cartoonist, the image of Jackie slaloming around grazing ponies to rescue you is priceless! Glad to hear you feel okay, a good night’s sleep will fix it all xo

    1. Very many thanks, Pauline. You see what I do for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Actually stairs are the easiest things for me to negotiate. The whole scene would have made a good sitcom. Jackie says the pony wasn’t anywhere near me – but I didn’t know that ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I am glad you and the camera survived your drop test relatively unscathed, although I imagine yours and Jackie’s hearts were in your throats until you had assessed the damage.

  5. I, too, clicked immediately and was so relieved to find out you weren’t hurt. Phew! Those horses keep everyone going! The flowers are beautiful. And, so glad your camera escaped harm, too.

  6. Oh, to have a movie of that! But I wouldn’t want it if the camera or you had been injured beyond a scratch and a bruise! I know you were just horsing around but REALLY, Derrick?!?!?!? (Glad you are ok!)

  7. It is good to hear you were not terribly hurt. Your comment about learning you could get up again reminded me of when my children took figure skating classes. The first day that was all they learned was to fall safely and get up again.

  8. Lucky you but that heavy camera may have to go – maybe you should have been wearing a helmet. When I took a tumble I ended in Emergency via ambulance and I wasn’t carrying anything and raised more than an eyebrow.

  9. Oh, my gosh! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I’m so sorry to hear about your tumble, Derrick! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ That is scary! I’m so glad you are okay!

    Your flower photos and your horse faces photos bring me joy today! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Those roses are at the peak of perfection! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now, like the busy bee you photographed…I must buzz on and get some more work done today! ๐Ÿ™‚
    HUGS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. there’s something about that first picture of the rose against the backdrop of the white iron structure of the chair that makes me think of a heart beating in a rib cage. Maybe I’ve had too much sauvignon blanc tonight. A bonus post with roses and ponies topped off with your self-deprecating humour. Glad you, the knee and the camera came out whole.

  11. The like button hardly seems appropriate in this instance, but is all that is on offer by way of acknowledging your scare. I too took a tumble the other day, demonstrating my line dancing moves to my grand-daughter. Her rug slipped from under me, and I landed on my derriere, which luckily was well enough padded to take most of the damage. Landing on tarmac would have been quite a different experience, let alone the added complication of knee replacement. Hope the next few days are okay. My pain took about three days to soothe.

    1. So far, no repercussions, Gwen. Fortunately I’ll be behind the camera tomorrow when Becky and Ian get married, so I can disguise the cut on my head. I’m glad your fall wasn’t worse – the interesting thing about each of our mishaps is that it was extraneous circumstances that toppled us. Thanks very much

  12. Tomorrow you might discover a few aches and sore spots as I did the day after I fell a couple of weeks ago. I hope nothing serious though. Iโ€™m glad to read you are pretty much ok…not a good situation with a new knee. Take care.

  13. Mamma mia, that Mamma Mia rose is lovely! and Mamma mia! I’m glad you fell softly and learned you could recover and that nothing is damaged–at least, one hopes the dinner and wine healed any bruises.

  14. Thank goodness your camera is unharmed. And for the most part, your head, without which the camera would be of little use. I admire your attitude in viewing the mishap as proof of your durability. It’s the only attitude worth having.

  15. The good thing is, as you rightly observed, you can take a tumble โ€”bionic knee and allโ€” and regain your biped stance! I am happy too that no cameras were harmed in the production. These hoofed creatures can be vicious kickers too, so do take care.

  16. Oh my, that was unfortunate Derrick. glad to know you are okay. Your roses are lovely. what do you call those bright red flowers in a pot?

  17. Good morning Derrick! TAKE CARE!!!!

    โ€œKeep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.โ€ ~Vincent Van Gogh

  18. Good to hear the camera’s doing fine! I love your photos, the roses are charming. But it does sound as if the mechanical knee is in good working order. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad to hear you’re doing well, and I bet the Hordle’s cheese and Cabernet was the best medicine ever!
    Thanks for sharing.

  19. You know I’m pleased to see the horses and ponies, but sorry it all caused you to take an unexpected flight. I’m glad you were’t badly injured, Derrick. Are you sore today?

      1. Don’t believe it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ You have quite a nice head of hair, Derrick, be proud of it (just don’t get into the ponytail stage!!

  20. Sounds like quite an adventure and I’m glad you were not seriously hurt. This line made me chuckle: “I lay on my back, quite comfortably working out how I was going to get up.” I can imagine doing that. It’s probably a wise strategy.

  21. I am glad you are OK, with minimal injuries, and no harm was done to your new knee joint. It is good news you can topple and get again on it.

    I wonder what the foal was after? Salt?

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