Frisky Cattle, Somnolent Ponies

Hot, flyblown, weather has returned.This afternoon we took a short drive into the forest.

Cattle at East Boldre were surprisingly energetic in the humid heat. They travelled quickly across the moorland, interrupting their grazing with a mounting amount of head-butting.

More somnolent ponies took what shelter they could from the East Boldre bus hut. One prone grey looked as if it might be in need of the defibrillator now occupying the redundant telephone box.

The burning sun cast sharp shadows as the ponies clustered together

twitching tails as protection against

irritating insects.

Once I had returned to the car, this mare above chose to plant herself behind it. Slowly Jackie reversed to nudge her out of the way. The pony ambled round to the driver’s side and Jackie rapidly closed her window before the animal could make her objections known.

Later I listened to more of the Ashes Test match.

This evening Jackie and I joined Elizabeth and Jacqueline for dinner at The Fleur de Lys in Pilley. My starter consisted of crab and smoked mackerel; steak medallions formed the basis of my main course; treacle tart and ice cream was to follow. The service was excellent and the food as superb as ever. Elizabeth and I shared an excellent bottle of Malbec. I am past caring what anyone else consumed.


    1. ” I am past caring what anyone else consumed.” That made me laugh, too, Pauline. Your comment added insight as to why he was past caring. I love that you are so attuned to his habits – even though you are so far away.

  1. From an SAT tutor’s standpoint, “somnolent” is a very good word. If more people used it, my job would be easier.

    I love the pony and cattle pictures.

    A few months back I had a Malbec – It was new to me and I liked it very much.

  2. the cattle and horse photos are nice, D…

    and- laughing about not caring what everyone else had – hahah
    and my 19 year old son had mackerel for the first time and loved it

        1. Yes. These ponies don’t often lie down when they reach adulthood – they sleep standing. Getting up and down is almost as ungainly as it would be for me

  3. The animals must find the humid weather and accompanying flies so irritating. I am not surprised the ponies are a bit stroppy! I am glad Jackie shut her window in time. The meal sounds wonderful!

  4. Spectacular photos! From those beautiful faces to those twitching tails!
    I am often frisky…rarely somnolent. πŸ˜€
    Ha! on not caring what anyone else consumed. I snort-laughed! πŸ˜›
    Glad the horsey moved and didn’t get to protest any objections through an open car window! You might have been there a while…listening…especially if it was a female horse! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ Just teasin’! πŸ˜‰
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  5. I’ve given up with the World Champions. The same old story year after year. Why not bring back Colin Cowdrey and/or Ted Dexter? And Keith Fletcher. my own particular under-achiever.

  6. Loved the horse pictures. Hope the prone pony is okay. Like your other readers, I got a kick outta the “past caring” remark. I bet you were smirking as you typed that! Hah!!

  7. Great photos. We’re all having lovely bank holiday weather, even up here and although I’m staying put, it is a pleasure to see the sunshine and feel the warmth. Malbec is one of my favourites!

  8. The photo of the ponies clustered by their prone partner with a red ‘phone box encapsulating a defibrillator is one for the Ages! πŸ™‚

    Is there much of a call for defibrillators at bus stops where you are Derrick?? Or are they more for zonked out ponies?

    Denly and Root must have given you a glimmer of hope at winning a test? I rather fear the odds remain with the Aussies though.

    1. Thanks very much, Bob. We have a lot of defibrillators scattered about. I’ve never seen or heard of one used.
      You are right about the odds, but at least we are seeing a return to the ebb, flow, and application of Test cricket.

      1. Better to have one and not need it than to need it and not have it.

        I wonder if the English coach had some handy recently… not to flog a dead horse, of course! πŸ˜‰

  9. I don’t drink much wine these days, but I’ve never tried Malbec, and your mentions of it have made me curious. Perhaps there will be a little experimentation in the future. Presumably, it won’t leave me pony-prone, although it might leave me past caring about this or that!

  10. Like Pauline, I had a good laugh at that line, Derrick. The ponies are amazing. They do not really exhibit horse behavior. Perhaps they no longer think they are prey animals. The cattle were probably just on the move for better grazing, and jousting about who would lead…

  11. Excellent shots Derrick.. The heat is getting to the animals as well as ourselves.. I am not complaining mind you, so long as we find a shady spot.. πŸ™‚
    Hope you have a lovely Bank Holiday ..
    take care.. πŸ™‚

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