After lunch on this overcast and humid day we took a short drive through the forest; our route was up and down
Rhinefield Ornamental Drive,
along which travelled many cyclists,
two of whom, giving me a sense of the biter bit, stopped to photograph
a group of ponies surrounding our car which they licked lasciviously.
We were slightly alarmed at the number of barbecues flaming and smoking on the green near Boldrewood Deer Sanctuary.
Later this afternoon Elizabeth and Frances visited. Struggling with a problematic printer I produced copies of two of yesterday’s photographs for our sister-in-law. The four of us then dined at Faros Greek Restaurant in Milford on Sea where the food and service was as pleasing as on our last visit. I began with Kalamari; my main course was Kleftico; and my dessert galaktoboureko. I can’t speak for the others – after all, I have remembered the name of my sweet – except that Jackie drank a Greek beer and the rest of us shared a bottle of red wine the name of which escapes me.
A staff member volunteered to take this photograph of us all in which perspective is a little unkind.
Is that an area designated for grilling that you’ve shown? Around here, it’s generally not acceptable to just set up shop anywhere; specific areas for grilling or fires are set aside in public spaces. On the other hand, it’s a lovely setting, and I’m sure everyone takes care to keep their fires under control.
It is possible, Linda – but there were others on the common the day before. Thanks very much
Here you cannnot do a barbecue anywhere – and when it is very dra it is completely forbidden.
So it should be here, I think. Thanks very much, Rabirius
Yes, I was wondering about legality of the BBQs too.
Another lovely day for you and no rain!
Thanks very much, Sue. I’ll be surprised if they are allowed
It was overcast and humid here today, too. Great drive through the forest, Derrick! I agree, all of that smoke is a little alarming.
Thanks very much, Jill
With all those barbecue’s, you could’ve been in our local parks in Australia
I’m sure. There were a number on the common the day before. Thanks very much, Ivor
I’m intrigued as to why ponies lasciviously lick your car ……
They often lick cars. Salt from sea spray, perhaps. Thanks very much, Pauline
After chuckling at their lasciviousness… I wondered the same thing.
Salt we think – from sea spray
I wasn’t aware of the perspective, Derrick … just the happy smiles. ?
That’s good, Lesley. Many thanks
Sounds like a lovely day, lascivious ponies and all. I’m sure the meal was delicious!
It was, Merril. Many thanks
Looks like a lovely day.
Those ponies love your car ?
Thank you very much, Cinnamon
The smoke may have helped with the bugs!!! But it sounds as though you had a lovely dinner. I like that dessert myself. As for the picture, it looks pretty good to me!
Thanks very much, Lisa
So many pleasant days on your blog – even when I’ve been running around, I’m relaxed by your trips and meals!
Thank you very much, BCM
Looks like a jolly time. Is your car salty by any chance?
Yes – that must be why they lick cars. Thanks very much, Laurie
But why would your car be salty? Especially in the summer.
Salt from the sea spray?
Yes, of course!
That horse’s eye… lovely, lovely.
Through the windscreen. Thanks very much, Judy
Whoa! That’s quite a party in the jungle! In a world where everyone is a photographer two times over thanks to mobile phones, a surprising majority remains perspective illiterate.
🙂 Thanks very much, Uma
It is all just wonderful. What is the collar on the horse? I admit I am ignorant.
I was just as ignorant until we came down here. The collars are reflective so the animals can be seen in the dark when they randomly step out in front of you. Thanks very much, Cindy
Oh, awesome! I wondered about the collar, too.
Ooh pony-lickers! Not people who lick ponies, but ponies who like to lick! 😛 Did they get your car clean?!?! 😉
Looks like a beautiful day out and about, with friends and family, with a delicious meal, and with beautiful smiles! 🙂
I must google your dessert and see what it is!
HUGS for all!!! Even the ponies!!! 🙂
Thanks very much, Carolyn. It would take a lot of ponies to clean our car. The dessert is a Greek custard tart in filo pastry. X
HA! Yes, a lot of ponies! You made me snort-laugh! 😀
Some of the barbecuers look about as keen on the smoke as i’m sure the deer weren’t!
Poor form sending the scent of searing flesh wafting through a wildlife preserve, eh what?
On a lighter note, that brown pony looks as if he’s parked his carcass upon your bonnet… or is that a trick of perspective?? 😉
That Greek place sounds like a ‘keeper’. 🙂
Thanks a lot, Bob. The pony was all over our car until it squeezed itself between us and one trying to pass
Kleftiko is always my choice in a Greek restaurant!
Me too, Andrew. Thanks very much
Thank you very much, Zeeshan
What a pleasant day, eh?! The overcast skies didn’t hamper any spirits!
Thanks a lot, GP. They didn’t
Your post about the lovely day comes at the perfect time. My friends, who is Greek, is taking me to her favorite Greek Restaurant to celebrate my birthday. Maybe I’ll order something you enjoyed, especially the dessert!
Thanks very much, Ronnie. I trust you enjoyed your birthday
I want what Jackie had. She looks so happy. And perspective isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
🙂 Many thanks, Sue
My husband is a foot taller than me so when he photographs me I always look much fatter than I am already and with very short legs. Perspective is important. Notwithstanding the problem with perspective, you all look very cheerful in a nicely spaced airy restaurant. I worry a lot about barbecues and find them irritating at best. I love the photo of the horse’s eye!
Look at all that smoke … amateurs.
At least four wonderful smiles were captured, perspective notwithstanding. 🙂
Many thanks, Widders, 🙂
Perspective aside, it is obvious that a good time was had by all. I am somewhat concerned about barbeques in the forest. Are there designated clearings, or is it free-for-all?
We don’t know the answer to the barbecue question. We do hope so. Thanks very much, Dolly
My pleasure, Derrick. We have an ongoing issue with tourists camping on smaller islands without any concern for wildlife and marine environment, so I was immediately alarmed looking at your photos with all this smoke in your magic forest.
Thanks for the solidarity, Dolly
Very welcome, Derrick
Thanks for another excursion Derrick. For some reason I find it very funny about horses that lick on cars.
It is very funny, Jerry 🙂 Thanks very much
I enjoy your outings every time Derrick. Thank you for taking us along. I’m afraid I would remember only my dessert too, ha ha!
🙂 Thanks very much, Crystal
A lovely day out capped by good food, Derrick and Jackie!
I wonder if those horses were after salt?
We think so – probably from sea spray. Thanks very much, Lavinia