Hay Ho

This morning Aaron of A.P. Maintenance completed his preparation of the Rose Garden for winter that is still being kept at bay.

A week or so back he gave the shrub roses a good haircut. Today he laid our two year old compost around their bases.

Clumps of bright yellow bidens, like these at the foot of our sculpture, Florence;

Little irises, heucheras, lamium, and geraniums;

a fig flowering in the Palm Bed;

and this clematis on the Westbrook Arbour, all speak of the season’s confusion.

This morning I helped Elizabeth load her car with belongings to take to her Pilley house. This afternoon Jackie and I followed this up by unloading them for her. We then continued on a forest drive.

The lake that has been mostly dry during the summer once more bears ripples and reflections.

Bustling goats in a field alongside Jordans Lane competed in a dodgem race for first bite at the bundles of hay clutched under their speeding keeper’s left arm.

On an open space beside Bull Hill a group of stumpy little ponies chomped on their own food.

From here we sped off to Mudeford, arriving just in time for sunset. While I was taking these shots

I was unaware that Jackie was adding her own sequence, featuring me among the silhouettes.

Preening swans,

one with an entourage of gulls, completed the picture.

Elizabeth returned in the evening and we all dined on Jackie’s splendidly hot chilli con carne and toothsome savoury rice. My sister drank Hop House Lager; my wife drank Hoegaarden; and I finished the Merlot


  1. Another delightful day. Elizabeth is certainly working hard on her new home. When I first glimpsed the first 2 pictures of the ponies, I thought they looked as though they should be young unicorns.

    1. Thanks very much, Pauline. The rain has certainly eased up. What is especially good about Jackie’s dab hand is that the screen is cracked across rendering the view invisible. It really is point and shoot.

  2. Here in Los Angeles, temperatures at nightfall now drop to the fifties (Fahrenheit). I’ve also been giving haircuts to my sun-loving plants and have started to lay mulch (decaying flowers) on my lily patch that blooms in spring.
    Derrick, thanks for all the gardening tips I get from your blog.

  3. Aaron did a wonderful job! πŸ™‚ The garden is grateful, I’m sure! πŸ™‚
    The ponies and goats look like they have their winter goats on! πŸ™‚
    Your water and sky photos are so gorgeous! πŸ™‚
    Was the chili con carne hot (spice-y) and hot (in temp)?! πŸ˜€
    We make a lot of chili this time of year…also, soups and stews.
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  4. Stunning photos, Derrick (and Jackie). I particularly like the first lake picture, though after I saw it I was saying to myself and that one and that one. . .

  5. A beautiful day! Your fig is in flower? We have a huge fig tree at the end of our street – now loaded with green figs as our Summer starts??
    Love the Sunsets and the ponies. I was out last night taking shots of the new sliver of Moon just after sunset. (Very hard to get right exposure on close-up shots)

  6. What a lovely post, Derrick. reflections on the water, those ponies <3, the geese. And I really love the one of the goats and their keeper.

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