Ancient And Modern

Today it was mostly raining.

Nugget, however was determined to keep playing the game. Where is Nugget?

Following our trip this afternoon to Otter Nurseries to buy a couple of replacement pots for those damaged in the storm, the precipitation lessened so we drove into the forest.

Just outside Minstead, along the road between Emery Down and Stoney Cross that leads onto the A31

there is a sloping bank leading to an ancient hedgerow.

Clambering over the debris of recently fallen and sawn up trees,

I focussed on a group of ponies at the top of the bank.

One poor creature whose white blaze seemed a magnet for flies bashed her head on a lichen covered branch and shook herself distractedly in an unsuccessful effort to dislodge the pests.

As I made my way back to the car, speculating, as had Jackie, about the juxtaposition of these ancient hedgerows with fenced off modern forestry, she mentioned the three ponies that, with no warning, had suddenly thudded down the bank and clattered at great speed across the road. Any vehicle travelling round the bend in that first picture of the road at the permitted 40 m.p.h. would certainly have been involved in a collision. I had heard them when my back was to them on my return.

I was grateful to a young woman running with a terrier for, with her red sweater, adding a focal point to my landscapes from Picket Post.

This branch from high in an oak tree alongside Holmsley Passage was another victim of the recent storms.

A careful and competent riding group crossed the road outside The Rising Sun at Bashley.

This evening we dined on Mr Chan’s excellent Hordle Chinese Take Away with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Shiraz.

87 thoughts on “Ancient And Modern

  1. I found Nugget instantly – after I enlarged the image!! πŸ™‚
    Those poor horses, if it isn’t cars bumping into them, the insects are covering them.

  2. Hey Derrick
    We”ve been having a lot of rain here in Tampa as well. Now have many nature made ponds all around me! I want some dry weather so all this standing water will go away!

  3. I had to biggify to find Nugget – hidden in plain sight – perhaps practising his chameleon chances? I immediately thought of the impatient man from yesterday – or was it the day before – tooting at the animals slowing him down…. what if he had sped round the corner at the same time as those horses took to crossing the road. Fraught!!

  4. I also had to enlarge the photo to find Nugget. He’s rather well camouflaged. I didn’t think you had so many flies in the UK!

  5. Those poor horses and ponies! If I had the means I would try to provide them all with masks.
    What a lot of damage has been done by the recent storms! I am enjoying your ‘Where’s Nugget?’ photos πŸ™‚

  6. Hidden in plain sight is exactly right. He does look even smaller in that spot — such a darling little creature, he is! Sorry to see so much storm damage, but it seems everyone’s out and about again, and life is getting back to normal. Well — or what passes for normal these days!

    • Hedgerows before the Enclosure Act of 1720 – age can be dated by number of species therein. Height should be at least one metre. Lots of detailed requirements. I’m not sure about Charles the Bald’s time πŸ™‚ Thanks very much, Uma

  7. I see Little Nugget! His bright orange-iness helped me find him…as he is either getting off the path or about to go down the path! πŸ™‚

    The rain and storms sure can do damage. 😦

    Poor horses! Those flies can be too pesty! 😦

    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  8. The rain has returned here as well for the moment, although we are still far from meeting our August average rainfall figures. 😦

    I too needed to biggify the shot to find Nugget this time – a rewarding ‘task’ i might add πŸ™‚ Great work! May they long continue. πŸ™‚

    Those are some very handsome ponies sans all of their shaggy winter coats, at long last! I do feel sorry for their lot with those pesky flies though, having endured something similar on trips to the Western Australian ‘bush’.

  9. It’s nice of Nugget to continue the game. I saw him right away, but I might not have if you hadn’t mentioned he was there. I like the red focal point of the young woman’s sweater–lovely–and those tree branches! I’m glad no ponies were injured while you were out.

  10. Your rambles through the beautiful countryside always remind me of an idyllic driving vacation through England, Scotland and Wales with my mother. Me driving. One of the best trips of my life and certainly my best time with my mother.

  11. Your photos show how irritated that horse felt, and I can empathize. Thank you for the shots of that ancient hedgerow. How thought-provoking it is that the boundaries that once were important to someone are next to the new deceptively-flimsy fence which marks someone’s new important boundary. I agree with you that my thoughts turn to the overlap of ancient and modern.

      • Haha – I looked again, and STILL didn’t see. Maybe if I knew what I was looking for… what kind of creature is Nugget? It might help if I knew what I was looking for, but then again – maybe I’m just blind as a bat…

      • So sorry, Anna. You have missed the game’s origins. Nugget is our gardener’s friend robin. After I featured him a few times in close up. Lwbut suggested a regular feature of hiding him in a photo for people to find. This was the third one.

  12. How nice it would be to start a post with, “Today it was mostly raining”. I had to read all the comments to have any chance at spotting Nugget, bigefied or not. Still, a trip to the optometrist today did re-inforce I need a new prescription.

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