On Eyeworth Pond

Much of this very hot day was taken up with dead heading and watering.

Soon after 4 p.m. Jackie drove us to Eyeworth Pond and back.

At this time, ponies and cattle, although they did emerge later, made use of what shade they could find. These were spotted en route to Fritham,

where other cattle lay down in their field.

Foals are growing up fast. On a green above the pond this one manages its own grooming.

Water lilies are now beginning to bloom on the pond,

where a few ducks paddled.

Most of these birds, however,

occupied a dormitory on the bank.

Bright sunlight produces abstract reflections on the surface.

Motley cattle grazed on the hillside as we drove back up to Fritham and, via Hordle Chinese Take Away, to home.

With our usual excellent fare from Mr Chan, we both drank Tsing Tao beer this evening.


  1. My eye sight is not very good, is that close up of the bird’s feathers?
    If so very beautiful
    All of the photos are beautiful, I love animals.
    Especially birds I have a few that live outside my window. They wake me up every morning

      1. You’re welcome.
        And thank you for answering my question.
        Also I’m legally blind but its ok. I have a little bit of sight which is good enough for me.
        Blessings to you and your family Derrick.
        Keep the great blogging your blog is one of my favorites.

  2. Absolutely lovely photos (again) Derrick. We have a duck pond in our Domaine, but their dormitory is on an island in the middle of the lake though they do stray into other parts of the Domaine. However, I’ve had little luck in taking their photos.

  3. The feather fotos are delightful! I love the differing angular alignments and the ‘shimmering’ effect of those not-yet-preened feathers.

    You have some of the shaggiest coated cattle i have ever seen! I thought the ponies and donkey’s were woolly, but the cattle have them beat! 🙂

    I really like how you captured the young foal also! 🙂

  4. Love your water photos! And the water lilies are so beautiful!
    And I especially love that you’ve got your ducks in a row! 😉 HA! 😀
    Their feathers are so stunning! Great close-up idea for photos! 🙂
    The little foal might be ready to play Shadow Tag…sweet photo, Derrick! 🙂
    HUGS for you and Jackie, and some HUGS for your Mum! 🙂

  5. I especially like the water lilies.
    Curious weather this week. Hot and sunny yesterday, overcast and dull today. Heading down to Swansea for the weekend so will be interested to see what it is like there.

  6. Those watery green shots exude a refreshing coolness which belies the real temperatures, Derrick. We still have the unusually strong winds today, not sure if they have been a feature for you or are exclusive to the counties further west.

  7. The foal photo is award-worthy, as is the mallard whose back feathers look like something Alex Colville would have sculpted had he been a sculptor.

  8. All beautiful photos, Derrick! The one of the ducks lined up reminds me of the old expression over here, ‘getting your ducks in a row’.

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