For lunch today, we joined Mum, Elizabeth, Danni, and Ella for lunch at Woodpeckers.
Ella seemed at home in her throne while she played with Mum’s finger;
afterwards she was happy to be passed around. Danni e-mailed these images to me.
We all enjoyed tender, lean, beef casserole; creamy mashed potatoes; tender carrots and green beans, followed by pear sponge and custard. Apple juice and red and white wines were on offer. Each of us chose our preferred beverage. Mum was given her requested orange juice. Teas and coffees were to follow.
Afterwards Jackie and I continued into the forest. As we left I wondered where else one would find
ponies wandering about outside a care home carrying the outstanding rating of the top 3% in the country?
On Furzey Lane, near Beaulieu, one chestnut pony waited patiently at a gate; and a thatcher’s donkey took a rooftop view.
“Ah. A donkey derby”, exclaimed Jackie as we reached East Boldre and encountered these animals on the road, some making their way to their job of trimming grassy areas and holly hedges, turning up their noses at as yet unripe blackberries equally within their reach.
One unfortunate child, missing a shoe, had been forced to hop home from there.
At the end of Tanners Lane strong winds whipped waves ashore, attracting
both sailboarders and kite-surfers.
I was able to watch a young man and his father set up his sailboard, and, whilst enjoying a conversation with the older man and younger boy,
watch an impressive display of sailboarding. As always, enlargement of these images may be obtained with clicks which will access the galleries.
This evening we dined on piquant cheese and bacon omelettes with toast. Jackie drank Blue Moon and I didn’t.