Soon after 6 a.m. this morning a mist was rapidly rising from the garden. Jackie made these photographs, while

I descended the stairs. On the way down I am supposed to lead with the foot on the recently operated right leg. In fact it is far less painful than the left one which received its replacement knee last May. Never mind, I do as I am told.

This afternoon we drove to Brockenhurst to collect the tap fitments from Streets ironmongers. Again we took the leisurely route home.

On the moorland at Shirley Holms a young lady galloped in circles astride a frisky horse. By the time I had the camera ready she was trotting alongside her companions.

On the approach to Burley, a cloudy vapour draped distant landscapes. A pair of walkers entered the forest as a runner emerged from the blue layered backcloth. Working horses occupied a farmyard and its fields.

Bending to graze, a troupe of red deer tripped elegantly across the Burley Manor lawns.

More haze lingered on the layered landscape visible from Holmesley Passage.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s superb steak and mushroom pie; boiled potatoes; firm Brussels sprouts; crunchy carrots and cauliflower; with tasty onion gravy. This was followed by treacle tart and ice cream. The Culinary Queen finished The Quintet wine and I drank more of the pinot noir.


  1. Exquisite morning shots of your beautiful garden Jackie. And of the be-robed gentleman carefully descending the stairs πŸ™‚ Which reminds me of why I live on the ground – give me stairs and I’m likely to fall down ’em!!

  2. Must get down to the New Forest again. And I want to visit Hurst Castle. Also imagining a nice glass of pinot noir…it’s the pepper… The fog is, presumably, a metaphor for the current political situation.

  3. LOVED Jackie’s hazy morning shots from above. The perspective is just so different and lovely. (Derrick from above included, lol).

    That is a whole lot of very thick deer. Ours (and we are in the country) are in groups of 7 – 10 at most. And they are much sleeker. White tailed deer we call them.

  4. I like both Jackie’s hazy garden shots and your photos of the horses and deer. I like the shot of horses with the foggy woods in the background. They look like they’re posing. πŸ™‚

  5. Oh, such beautiful, hazy, soft, misty, dreamy day photos, Jackie! Your garden looks magical! Thank you for sharing the photos with us! πŸ™‚
    Oh, the red deer are such dears! πŸ™‚
    Please be careful on the stairs, Derrick!
    HUGS for you and Jackie!!! πŸ™‚

  6. oh the haze offers so much nice value –
    and really liked the shot of right after the stairs – the little girl – the wage – and the horse – nice composition

  7. Your little slice of countryside never ceases to enthrall me! Thanks again for sharing some of it with us all!

    You don’t happen to have any flocks of wild Emu by any chance?? πŸ˜‰

    I know there are some wallaby’s down there somewhere!

    Hope the knees come good soonest. πŸ™‚

  8. You out-did yourself with my animals shots today!! The mist in the garden looks like a scene from a mystery movie – good work, Jackie!!

  9. Jackie’s garden photos are lovely. At first I wondered whose garden it was, ha ha. What strikes me about the deer is their thick coats. Do you know if they shed some of that during the summer?

  10. These red deer are so furry and different from the deer in the United States! I have always loved how elegant they are – these are beautiful cousins of the ones in my back yard!

  11. I too am enchanted by the haze and impressed by the herd of deer. You’ve captured their energy well. Keep up the good work on those stairs, Derrick!

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