Ice Cream Or Cream Tea?

Today we enjoyed lunch at Woodpeckers with Mum, Elizabeth, Danni and Ella.

Three of us chose roast chicken with all the trimmings; Elizabeth went for nut roast;

and some of her parents’ liquidised spaghetti bolognese found its way into Ella’s mouth. Danni’s delightful photograph demonstrates that her daughter still has to learn to feed herself while the infant’s great grandmother continues to manage the task. The four youngest adults chose pineapple and almond sponge with ice cream for dessert. Mum settled for the ice cream.

After the meal Jackie had a squeeze;

then G-Ma Elizabeth held Ella while Great G-Ma played ball with her.

I was pleased that Danni e-mailed the photographs.

Later, Jackie and I drove to Annie’s in Barton on Sea to drop in a print of a photograph I had taken of her with Frances a couple of years ago. We travelled on to Waterstones in Lymington to collect a book, and I took the opportunity to photograph some street scenes.

There was much evidence of mobile phones being implemented for conversations of which

others took place in person.

Shoppers passed up and down the street;

some had difficulty crossing the road in charge of a buggy;

one young woman appeared to be contemplating that she may have made the wrong choice between ice cream and a cream tea.

On a lane leading to Church Lane, Boldre raiding group ahead of us – in particular one young lady on a very frisky animal – were demonstrating excellent control of their horses. They pulled over to allow us to pass and I waited on Church Lane to take these shots.

Once more they paused to allow us to pass, and we stopped for me to photograph cattle, a horse, and a red plastic trug in a field of ragwort.

They soon caught up with us and I felt the need to claim that I wasn’t stalking them.

Even the normally full flowing stream beneath the road bridge seen above is looking rather shallow.

This evening we dined on scrambled egg on toast with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Malbec.


  1. Good Morning Derrick! I’m sure it was a ‘riding’ group, not a ‘raiding’ group that pulled aside to let you pass – or have things gotten out of hand in the UK recently? I love the shot of the woman with the ice cream in contemplative mode, I wonder if she went right on in and had the cream tea also…….

    1. Thanks very much, Pauline. That is one typo I’m not going to correct πŸ™‚ I think I may have got the woman’s thoughts wrong – she was probably contemplating just that. I took the photo from the opposite side of the road and didn’t notice the cream tea sign until afterwards – serendipity, I’d say.

  2. Judging from the bare arms and ice cream cones, you appear to be having some lovely weather in the UK! Certainly seems nicer there than here, where ‘the skies have been cloudy all day’!

  3. It’s so nice to see your Mum enjoying time with Ella. I always love your people watching photos, Derrick. I think they’re great for story prompts. I find myself wondering what they do for a living, what heartache they’ve endured…things like that. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Your mum seems to delighted to have luncheon guests. Once again you have shared some lovely photos with us. I know it happens every year but I’m always surprised when everything shoots up that couple of weeks earlier in the south. No ragwort up here yet, though after saying that I’ll
    probably go down the lane tomorrow and find the fields are full of the wretched stuff!

      1. Definitely poisonous for horses. Not had any in our fields, but next door had it on the edges of their fields and the horses appeared to keep away from it!

  5. A full and fine day. I like the photo of the parents with the child walking down the sidewalk, looking at him with interest as he says something.

  6. Such a wonderful variety of photos here–the family photos were a delight. Your mom looks like she is doing well.
    I don’t know if we have cream teas here–ice cream for now, but maybe that when it gets a bit cooler. πŸ™‚

  7. Ice cream, please! πŸ™‚ What is your favorite flavor, Derrick?!

    Those first 3 photos brought joy-tears to my eyes! πŸ™‚ Those sweet-babes certainly bring joy and entertainment to the rest of us folk! πŸ™‚ Your Mum looks good and so happy! I’m so glad! πŸ™‚ And it’s so wonderful she got to spend time with Ella! πŸ™‚ Ella will treasure those photos as she grows up! πŸ™‚

    Ha! Love the ice cream/tea cream contemplation photo! πŸ˜€

    Watch out for raiders and riders! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

    I was thinking of fixing roasted chicken for our dinner tonight.
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  8. So good to see your Mum looking so well, and enjoying her time with the younger generation! πŸ™‚

    An excellent selection of ‘country life’ in rural England.

    I do love a good cream tea, or a Devonshire one for that matter! πŸ˜‰

  9. That was a cute typo, Derrick. It certainly added mystery and suspense! Such an adorable baby, she’s going to grow up and be a heart-breaker, eh?!

  10. I like Ella’s expression in the spoon feeding and the grandmotherly expressions in the ball photos very much!

    The street scenes are interesting, but I particularly like the mother with three children. Something about the angle of her arm…

  11. Your photos bring the place and the people alive Derrick. I love the photo of three generations πŸ™‚ In August my daughter, son-in-law and children are coming. My mother will be here too. πŸ™‚

  12. ‘Conversations in a Cafe reflections’ is a stunning photograph. I love the engagement between the two women. Nicely done, sir. πŸ˜€

  13. Your comment on the low waterline reminds me that in spite of some rain, my pond is likewise on the low side. It’s given me an appreciation of just how much water is needed to fill a water body.

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      Cream tea
      DescriptionA cream tea is a form of afternoon tea light meal, consisting of tea taken with a combination of scones, clotted cream, and jam. Traditionally a speciality of Devon and Cornwall, cream teas are offered for sale in tea rooms in those two counties, as well as in other parts of England, and elsewhere in the Commonwealth. Wikipedia
      Place of origin: England
      Region or state: South West England
      Food energy (per serving): High kcal
      Serving temperature: Tea: hot; Scones: warm; Jam & cream: ambient
      Alternative names: Devonshire tea, Cornish cream tea
      Main ingredients: Tea & Infusions, Scone, Clotted cream, Jams & Preserves

      1. Thank you, Derrick. For a moment, I thought that cream was added to tea, and I am glad it isn’t the case. Images did not come through, but I do know what scones look like and have even made them.

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