Today was pleasantly temperate. We took an early drive into the forest where the wider roads are often crossed by hoofed animals who make the own tracks into the woodland.
We stopped at the junction between Crow Hill and Charles’s Lane for me to photograph examples.
The track forks with one tine running alongside Charles’s Lane
and the other crossing it to
continue beside Crow Hill.
Serendipitously, as I was making this record, a young equestrienne left the hill, crossed the lane,
and continued on down the slope. The horseshoe in this picture will be leaving its own print in the dusty soil;
the cloven , heart-shaped, depression in this will have been left by one of the string of cattle who are the real sappers of this terrain.
A couple of keen, fit, cyclists who stopped at this junction struggled to find a cycle track with the aid of their modern device. I offered them an example of old technology in the the form of an Ordnance Survey map. The woman said she preferred old technology, perused and returned it once they had established that they would probably need to continue on the road for a while. The gentleman recently cycled from Land’s End to John O’ Groats with a companion who had received two knee replacements three years ago. I suppose this should have been somewhat encouraging.
The first of these samples of verge detritus was photographed on the edge of Crow Hill, the second at Ibsley,
perhaps stamped on by an angry cow.
Outside Burley a group gathered beside a pony being fed by a young girl. At one point the animal turned away from the hand that the young lady extended, but later thought better of it.
“The smell of autumn”, fondly uttered Jackie as the scent of oak smoke from burning branches drifted into our nostrils.
We followed a splendid veteran car through Ibsley. The driver indicated that we should pass him. We waited on ahead so I could photograph him from the front. He turned off into a side road. Perhaps there cannot be too many happy accidents in one day.
We enjoyed a late breakfast at Hockey’s Farm shop in South Gorley.
A pair of young donkeys, showing signs of moulting, stopped for a snack in the middle of the road outside.
This afternoon Ronan of Tom Sutton Heating visited to check on our central heating problem. He diagnosed a drop in pressure resulting from a hidden leak in the system. He applied two cans of stuff designed to seek out and seal it.
This afternoon, Jackie gave the lavender in the Rose Garden a good haircut. She was not alone. “Where’s Nugget?” (10)
This evening we dined on Jackie’s succulent beef in red wine; creamy mashed potato; crunchy carrots and cauliflower; and tender runner beans I picked earlier. The Culinary Queen drank Blue Moon and I drank Tesco’s finest Western Cape Malbec 2017.
When Mrs T and I cycled from Lands End to John o’Groats a few years ago, I had a real map for every day. Half the fun of the trip was the map purchasing and planning though I did use print outs of digital OS maps too.
Thanks very much, Tootlepedal. That was quite a trip
I see the distinct possibility that Nugget will soon be sitting on Jackie’s knee, expecting to be hand fed! There was a distinct feel of spring in the air for our walk this morning – we are in balance 🙂
We are indeed in balance, Pauline. Thanks very much.
OOH! I love some of the smells of Autumn! (And Autumn sites, tastes, colors, and feels, too! 🙂 )
Wow! Nugget will soon be perched on Jackie’s foot, knee, shoulder or head! Ha! That is a sweet pic! 🙂
Such beautiful photos, Derrick! The cyclists, the cows and horses, the trails and tracks, the cool car, the peoples, etc! BUT, I especially love the little donkeys! 🙂
UGHS on the litter. 🙁
HUGS!!! to all!!! 🙂
Very many thanks, Carolyn. Lovely comments – I like UGHS/HUGS X
Yes, I always have HUGS to help with the UGHS!
That is a grand old vehicle. I look forward to your photos so much each day.
I’m delighted, Gary. Thanks very much.
Meteorologically speaking it’s the last day of Summer tomorrow, and the weather here certainly proves it, sad isn’t it? I feel as though I’ve missed out this year
I’ve not seen donkeys looking like Holstein Friesians before and I do enjoy seeing the classic cars.
We have an event that my husband took part in called The Yorkshire Pudding Run. It was such fun watching all those carefully maintained classics coming up our lane at the start of their five hour journey.
Thanks very much, Sue. I’d love to have been at the Yorkshire Pudding Run Wirth my camera.
I can’t find Nugget!
thanks a lot, Leslie. Look around Jackie’s shoe
Oh my! I thought he was a leaf. He’s certainly comfortable with her. Amazing.
🙂 He almost shoves her out of the way
I liked seeing the animal tracks criss-crossing the road, Derrick and I love to read an old-fashioned OS map, too.
Like minds, Clare. Many thanks
Nugget is definitely smitten with Jackie! Charles Lane doesn’t look wide enough for two car. I’d have to close my eyes!
As you know, we have many such lanes, Jill. Thanks very much
The colours of autumn are heading your way Derrick, maybe you’ll enjoy this video/music clip…..
Thank you for the link, Ivor. Lovely photographs I’d have been proud of
Nugget gets very close! I agree with Pauline that he may soon be lighting somewhere on Jackie’s person.
🙂 Many thanks, Lisa
Nugget seems to adore Jackie
The meal sounds quite wonderful
Thank you very much, More
Sure thing, you’re welcome.
Nugget?… Dead centre! (Not dead in the centre).
Well spotted, Roland. Thanks a lot
Do you know who is burning the oak branches and why?
Always sad to see the litter!
The farmer had removed the lower branches from an oak tree in the centre of his field. We thought the branches would have made good logs, but perhaps he thought otherwise.
Another wonderful ramble through the countryside beautifully photographed and scripted.
I’ve heard of wearing one’s heart on one’s sleeve but on the hoof? Why not? 😉
I see the rice cream puddings were not the only ‘clots’ on the roadside! 🙁
So adorable to see the trust tiny little Nugget has in Jackie the Giant (Sorry Jackie – relatively speaking, i mean) 😉
I spotted him ‘off the well-beaten track’ without biggifying, but biggified anyway! 🙂
Thanks very much, Bob, for reading and wit
I had to search hard for Nugget today – but yes, there he is! All is right with the world! 🙂
🙂 Well done, Sandra. Thanks very much
What a splendid day, I was pleased to be able to share it with you!
Thanks very much, Andrew
I love the tracks you leave here, Derrick.
You always find such interesting sights on your rambles!
We do try do 🙂 Thanks very much, Liz
What a wonderful day!! Horses, cows, friendly people and Wow is Nugget ever getting close. We know Jackie’s a very nice person, but how does the tiny bird know? Must be instinct.
Instinct it must be, GP. Many thanks
That is a well preserved vintage buggy indeed. I reckon Mr Nugget is bang in the middle of the frame indeed, rapt in conversation with Jackie.
Thanks very much, Uma. Well spotted
This time I couldn’t see Nugget without enlarging the photo. He sure gets close to Jackie!
Thanks very much, Tosha
You’re welcome. Happy Sunday.
I like your little play between the modern device and old technology. Paper maps have their place!
Thank you very much, Barbara
Amazing how tame is Nugget! Such a little dot trusting big humans.
Indeed. Thank you very much, Inese
The wee lad does like to get up close and personal. 🙂
He does indeed – mostly with the Head Gardener. Thanks very much, Widders
Sounds like a great day!
It was, Stuart, Thank you very much
Thanks you Rutika
I love the smell of burnt leaves in the fall! I don’t see much of that happening around here any longer.