They Think It’s Spring

On another bright, almost balmy, morning, Jackie drove us out to Hatchet Pond and back.



and ponies, basked, dozed, chewed the cud, or cropped the grass on the approach to the pond. Eyes open or closed, they definitely think it’s spring.

Have the usual companions of the

sole cormorant on sentry duty

metamorphosed into a pair of swans gliding to and fro beside their posts?

Sedate gulls basked and preened on the opposite bank.

More ponies could be glimpsed among the still leafless trees within the nearby Rans Wood.

This evening we dined on rack of pork ribs in barbecue sauce, prawn toasts, aromatic spring rolls, and Jackie’s special savoury rice, with which she drank Hoegaarden, from which I abstained.


  1. The portrait of the pony brings to my mind the lyrics of that Tina Turner song:

    And I’m scanning the horizon for someone recognizing
    that I might have been queen…

    Though he may be the king for all I know about ponies! They are known to possess an extraordinary sensitivity of elements that are riddles at best to humans. Perhaps, they are aware of something in the air we will sadly never know.

  2. I’m glad to see you’re experiencing such moderate weather. We’re buried in record-breaking snow. The roads are too treacherous, so most people are just staying at home until it’s over. Unfortunately, the weather report is for more snow.

    Your gulls look quite different from ours.

    1. Thanks very much, Nicki. We do have a variety of gulls. I am not an expert, but these may be black-headed ones, the head of which blacken in the summer. I do hope it warms up soon for you

  3. I’m glad all enjoyed a spring-y day! πŸ™‚
    OH! I want to adopt all of those donkeys! πŸ™‚
    Those swans are so regal! πŸ™‚
    Photo #14 down-from-top…I love this one! πŸ™‚
    It was NOT a spring-like day here…but your photos brought warmth and smiles! πŸ™‚
    HUGS to you and Jackie!!! πŸ™‚

  4. So what does it mean if donkeys are lying down? Will it rain soon??

    Amazingly we’re expecting the possibility of some rain tomorrow!

    Would have liked to drop in for some of that dinner! πŸ™‚

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