They Have To Grow Into Their Legs.

This morning, in preparation for an early morning tutorial telephone conversation with a WordPress Happiness Engineer, I drafted a post on the further subject of our August 2000 Isle of Wight holiday. I will publish it after it has been polished up.

This afternoon Jackie drove me to Wessex Photographic in Lymington where I was helped to choose a new printer by a very attentive staff member. One will be ordered for me when the manager returns to the shop.

Later, we drove into the forest. I photographed a few ponies at Bashley. It is Jackie who has noticed that the reason that young foals need to splay their legs to graze is that their legs are so long at birth that they have to grow into them.

Highwood Lane is a narrow winding cul-de-sac. Where possible I left the car and photographed the woodland with its furrowed tracks, its still green bracken, turning leaves, and dappled sunlight.

Nugget, staking out his territory with sweet song – that John Knifton describes as an invitation to a punch-up to another robin – from ever widening vantage points, kept us fleeting company while we enjoyed our pre-dinner drinks in the Rose Garden.

“Where’s Nugget?” (27).

This evening we dined on our second sitting of Hordle Chinese Take Away’s tasty, well cooked, fare with which Jackie finished the Pinot Grigio and I drank more of the Saint-Chinian.


  1. Love your title, words, and photos today, Derrick! The two photos of Nugget are so beautiful! I hope one day there is a Mrs. Nugget and some little nuggets! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚
    The fern, leaves, forest, ponies, shade and light photos…all so wonderful! πŸ™‚
    When Cooper was a little 5 week old pup, he used to step on his ears…Ha! His legs were short and his ears long…so I guess we’d say he had to grow into his ears! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€
    HUGS to you and Jackie!!! πŸ™‚
    TWEETS to Nugget! πŸ™‚

  2. “Light and Shadow’ seems to be the theme for your photos today? πŸ™‚

    I was particularly intrigued by the leaf shadows on the mossy tree trunk, quite remarkable. πŸ™‚

    Little Nugget seems to be branching out into doing leaf impersonations today! πŸ˜‰

  3. As far as I know, nobody has ever mentioned this idea of “splayed legs”, so well done Jackie. It’s amazing that nobody has noticed this before.
    I wonder if it extends to antelopes and even camels. All of them are animals adapted to life on the plains and the young have to be able to run as fast as Mum within twenty minutes of birth…hence the long legs.

  4. Long time since I have heard the words splayed legs, quite common with young four legged animals I believe only other animals demonstrating splayed legs that I have seen was a Giraffe and Camel, thanks for an entertaining post Derrick.

  5. Lovely photos of the foals, Tey are funny when they reach the leggy stage!
    Our calves have past that now and are beginning to fill out and look like small cows.
    Super picture of Nugget.

    Sorry to hear you needed assistance from WP engineers. Is this one of the new sessions that you have to pay for? The face to face video link.They offered me one when they were first announced. Mine turned out to be an Apple update problem so there was nothing I could have done about it anyway. I turned them down, I feel we are paying enough for our premium sites and shouldn’t need to pay extra for a more support. It’s a great program they are using, super for face to face videos and for people like you and I it’s free to use.

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