This cloudless, sunny, day remained quite cool (13c tops). We took a drive into the forest this afternoon.
Holmesley Passage benefited from the sunlight streaming through the trees. The two vehicles in these pictures demonstrate how narrow is this lane.
Each of the above motors is approaching one of the two fords that cross the passage.
The woodland scenes that border the lane include a number of fallen tress making their contribution to the local ecology.
As we reached the lowest point of this passage across the moors, a pair of hopeful ponies thudded across the turf.
The splendid oak tree on the descent into Burley towards the Queen’s Head is coming into leaf
Today, hungry donkeys seemed to outnumber the ponies at North Gorley, where a 2017 finisher took his eager dog for a run.
While photographing horses in the landscape rising to Gorley Common, I noticed
a horse and trap approaching. After I had taken the last shot the friendly driver doffed his cap.
This stream with its reflections was one of many we passed.
Jackie’s meals are all very good. Occasionally, as with tonight’s delicious chicken jalfrezi, she excels herself and produces something that would make any self-respecting chef from the Indian sub-continent sit up and take notice. Her savoury rice was equally praiseworthy and was accompanied by vegetable samosas and a paratha. The Culinary Queen drank more of the Sauvignon Blanc and I drank more of the Carménere.