At Their Posts

On another milder but less misty afternoon Jackie drove us into the forest.

A string of deer dashing across the road at South Baddesley took me by such surprise that I could not present a clearer view than we saw in several blinks of an eye.

At Tanners Lane I had thought I would need to be satisfied with a couple of distant shots of the Isle of Wight, until another car drew up behind us and decanted its contents onto the shingle.

Moving on to Sowley brightly coloured male pheasants strutted round the fields while other birds preferred crows’ nests.

A variety of ponies graced a bend in the road to Beaulieu. As so often the bigger creatures enjoyed a miniature hanger-on.

I wonder if these three cormorants regularly at their posts in Hatchet Pond are ever relieved by other sentries.

This evening we dined on tender roast lamb; crisp roast potatoes and onions; red, orange, and yellow carrots; and green beans and sprouting broccoli; all with tasty, herby, gravy.

60 thoughts on “At Their Posts

  1. Lovely photos and so lucky with the deer.
    I almost ran into one last year. I never realised how high they can jump. This one sprang over a hedge, ran in front of my car and repeated the jump at the other side of the lane.

  2. Successful outing, Derrick. Do you know what the people were pointing at? I’ve had several close encounters with deer darting in front of my car on my commute to work. At 5:30 a.m. they start to stir around.

  3. Now this sounds amazing – I miss the food of Europe – love how you described it here: This evening we dined on tender roast lamb; crisp roast potatoes and onions; red, orange, and yellow carrots; and green beans and sprouting broccoli; all with tasty, herby, gravy.

  4. Wonderful outing! Thank you for taking us along!
    I love the deer, pheasant, and ponies!
    I’d like to adopt that little brown and white pony!
    We have deer, antelope, and elk here that like to cross the highways and roads in groups. So we human-beans just sit patiently in our cars and enjoy watching them. šŸ™‚
    Tonight I’m fixing salmon, a spring mix salad and adding onions and peppers, and some green beans. šŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! šŸ™‚

  5. Dinner reminded me of Sunday dinners when I was a kid. When my sister and I got home from church, a dinner of leg of lamb was waiting. Good memory. Great pictures, Derrick.

  6. Wonderful photos. Was that an albino deer in the first? My daughter hit a deer several years back. Hunters had chased the it towards the roadways. There was no way to avoid the calamity that followed. My daughter was fine; the poor deer was not.

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