One For GP

As was the case this morning, the seed feeder in the front garden is usually overcrowded by sparrows,

with the inevitable pecking consequence.

Great and blue tits share more harmonious meals.

This afternoon we drove into the forest and got no further than Holmsley Passage before we witnessed

a string of ponies crossing the moorland in our direction.

They were headed for pastures new,

and a visit to their swollen waterhole,

now freely flowing.

The Assistant Photographer produced an image she has entitled “two white manes”

while I leant on the bridge to photograph a grey drinking.

Others leaving the stream cast long shadows in the glow of the lowering sun.

Our blogging friend GP Cox really likes the ponies. So, here you are GP – a post for you.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s chic cottage pie; crunchy carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli; tender cabbage, and tasty gravy with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank Barbera d’Asti 2016.




  1. You’ve loaded some gorgeous pictures today Derrick – I would be very hard pressed to pick a favourite from all those bucolic and moody and just plain pretty pony photos. A good day’s work my friend!

    1. Hi! Try a feeder that sticks to the window with suckers, or maybe one that dangles from a branch. Surfaces should be ceramic or smooth plastic. This type of feeder may be adjustable so that you can make the gap between the top and the bottom accessible only to small birds
      Incidentally I am not endorsing this product, because I don’t have one. It’s just the first of the adjustable feeders that I came across. Good luck !

  2. I filled up my nut feeders today but dropped and smashed the pottery top of the remaining squirrel feeder. Tomorrow I will go in search of another.

    The ponies are looking well but I do hope so, one is supplementing the lack of grass this winter. Perhaps, just like hens they may return home at dusk at receive a tasty feed of hay and horse feed before retiring for the night.

    1. These forest ponies have to fend for themselves. In bad winters they can get quite bony – but they are tough survivors and have been here for thousands of years, Sue. Thanks very much.

  3. And here I thought “GP” stood for “graceful ponies”! It really was quite thoughtful of you to assemble such a fine gallery for our GP — I appreciated the series myself.

  4. Beautiful ponies post for GP! πŸ™‚

    Such artistic and beautiful birdies and ponies photos! πŸ™‚

    The photo Jackie took of you, Derrick, and entitled “Two White Manes” got me teary-eyed! That is a beautiful photo that should be framed and hung up to enjoy every day! πŸ™‚

    Jackie: your photos of The Great Photographer are so often so touching and unique! Thank you for sharing them! πŸ™‚

    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Carolyn, I like to capture our ‘G.P. (Great Photographer) as he works to produce his masterpieces, often in difficult circumstances!

  5. WOW! I wish I had been online 16 hours ago to respond here sooner, Derrick! And don’t forget to thank Jackie as well. She not only took more pictures – she made my favorite British dish of Cottage Pie (that I keep mistakenly calling my version of Shepard’s Pie. πŸ™‚
    I think the ponies knew exactly what you were doing – they were headed straight for you two and came to say hello. Ponies are smarter than people think!!
    Have a Great day!!

  6. Derrick, I really love and appreciate how closely you live with nature every day. Have you always been such a keen observer of the natural world?
    To White Manesβ€”the assistant is brilliant! All great photos.

    1. Thanks very much, Cheryl. I always have been, but it is only in retirement that I have really been able to focus so closely. When I was a child I would always draw and paint country and animal scenes from imagination.

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