A Drum Roll

This morning I rediscovered an album of elderly colour slides I had thought lost. I scanned a selection from May 1989.

Sam managed to set this drum rolling across the lawn at Lindum House;

Louisa preferred the inside drum roll

Kate, our popular child-sitter, was an excellent birthday party emcee. This was Louisa’s seventh.

Jessica took a rest in the hammock.

Late this afternoon we collected the Modus from the excellent Downton Service Station and Jackie drove the newly service vehicle into the forest.

Beside the undulating, winding, road to Burley

we encountered another bay pony pulling up its clear vegetable soup from the bed of a forest pool in which it was reflected among the surrounding golden gorse bushes.

We ventured a short distance along the very pock=marked Honey lane, at the corner of which a grey pony was on sentry duty. A small variegated rhododendron sheltered in the shade along a verge.

At the far end of the lengthy Charles’s Lane

we diverted to Neacroft, where an unusual pair of ducks crossed the road. The female burrowed in the undergrowth while her splendidly top-knotted drake stood guard.

This evening we dined on Hordle Chinese Take Away’s excellent fare with which Jacke drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Pinot Noir.

58 thoughts on “A Drum Roll

  1. Lovely family garden photos, along with ponies and shady lanes. The drake who drank (or was that you?) šŸ™‚ is quite splendid and unusual. I’ve never seen one like that before.

  2. I had no idea old-fashioned slides could be scanned. Thank you for a great idea, Derrick; I have so many that I had used for teaching before the invention of Powerpoint and Preso. Marvelous photos of shady lanes; I envy you.

  3. It’s become a ‘thing’ now with me, I have to scroll down and read to the end, not only because I want to see it all, but also because I just need to know on what food you have feasted, šŸ™‚ it just so adds to your blog writing Derrick, brilliant!

  4. I love the close-in view of the pony drinking. Soon I’m going to ask permission to post a particular poem on my blog (a very positive happy one) which I would present with a number of photos that relate to the verses. Would you allow me to include the pony drinking photo? I’d credit you and link back to your post. Please let me know – thanks!

  5. OH! What wonderful treasures you found, Derrick! šŸ™‚ Photos capturing such sweet memories! šŸ™‚

    That bay pony is having quite a feast day! And the ducks are having a good day! And Mr. Duck is having a great hair day! šŸ˜‰ šŸ˜€

    Your photos of trees are some of my favourites! I know I’ve said this before, but I love how the trees link arms and hold hands to provide a sheltering cover for those who walk the path beneath them! šŸ™‚
    HUGS to you and Jackie!!! šŸ™‚

  6. Those found photos must bring back many memories! I hope most of them were of a happier simpler time?

    That crested duck and his magnificent pompadour are wonderful photos. For wild birds they seem quite tame and comfortable in your presence. šŸ™‚

    Another wonderful ramble through the woods, for which i thank you and ‘The Chauffer’ šŸ˜‰

  7. A visit to your site, Derrick (and I haven’t been visiting anyone much lately), is like a soothing tonic. Usually – I added that to cover myself. Lovely images. I trust you took the duck to the take-away to be prepared?

  8. I loved the pictures of your wonderfully active children, Derrick! The photo of the bay horse drinking (fantastic reflections!) and the crested drake are really good!

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