It Didn’t Seem Politic

The best light of the day was forecast to be seen this morning. And so it proved.

Fairly early on we drove to Tesco’s for petrol; to New Milton Post Office for currency exchange and Christmas stamps; and to Brockenhurst, where, in common with New Milton,

poppies ahead of Armistice Day adorn the lampposts, before making our leisurely way to Hockeys farm shop for lunch.

Our first pause was at Wilverley where a pair of pensive ponies beside the road from Wootton paid no attention to two walkers on the opposite side –

they were more interested in their necking session.

Meanwhile a friendly horse rider emerged from the


autumn landscape,

more of which was seen in the forest scenes on either side of

Roger Penny Way.

Jackie decided that I blended in rather well with the environment.

Having, tentatively as always, in second gear, scaled Blissford Hill we encountered a shaggy calf using a scratching post beside Hyde Parish Hall.

Coming across a band of bulls further along the road I speculated about which one may be the father.

Somehow it didn’t seem politic to enquire too closely into the infant’s parentage.

This evening we dined on spicy pizza and plentiful fresh salad with which I finished the Merlot and Jackie didn’t.



  1. Shaggy calf made me smile. She looks somewhere between a teddy bear and a trainee raging bull. I first thought the expression was aimed at you but realise it’s the scratching post she’s thinking about. I’m assuming it’s a she as she’s roaming freely!

  2. HA! Yes, that might have been too touchy a subject! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜€
    The shaggy calf…sweet! (Sometimes you just gotta’ scratch those itches…even in public!)
    The horny bulls…impressive! (Large and in-charge and watchful!)

    Love your landscape photos…and Jackie’s photos of you as part of the landscape! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Horses necking!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I averted my eyes! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›

    One of the walks Coop and I take…a few roads away…the land backs up on a large ranch…the horses, cows, and bulls are fun to watch. And Coop is glad their is a fence between him and bulls…as Coop is snack-size!
    HUGS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Poitic’s can be a very touchy subject as i am positive you are well aware! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I have a plant with 7 bright red, perfect, poppy-day poppies flowering on it today, i think it will be in flower on the 11th

  4. The expression that bull’s face was perfect your line, “Somehow it didnโ€™t seem politic to inquire too closely into the infantโ€™s parentage.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. hello derrick
    Autumn is a wonderful colorful season, thank you for these beautiful pictures
    ps: I have a question. We know that bulls are not always animals to approach because of their character. How (if we do not castrate them) can they thus live to several bulls? No big arguments, fights and risk of hurting people
    … with stallions it must be the same I think

    1. Thanks very much, Yoshimi. I really don’t know much about bulls, but I have been told that those allowed on public paths are not dangerous. Stallions are only let into the forest for a few weeks in the mating season.

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