Today was mostly bright, sunny, and dry, except for a shower or two this morning.
While Jackie filled the bird feeders she met and photographed Eric the Pheasant who has returned for his annual visit to announce he has once again evaded the seasonal guns. We know it is Eric because he amuses himself chucking the Head Gardener’s rows of ornamental shells in all directions.
Later we visited New Milton Post Office to send off a card, then Milford on Sea pharmacy for a repeat prescription, and into the forest for a drive.
En route to Milford strong sunlight set the Solent sparkling and
silhouetted walkers on the coastal promenade.
Similarly silhouetted were moored boats and
a gentleman encouraging his dog to take a bath at Keyhaven harbour
where the parking area now reflected pedestrians. Jackie waited patiently for these two to pass in order to avoid spray-showering them.
A pair of swans investigated the tidal shore-side waters. The second two photographs are Jackie’s.
A steady jogger ran down Lymore Lane.
We stopped at Puttles Bridge over Ober Water which was now bordered by reflective pools.
Jackie photographed me making my way to the bridge,
taking some of my own pictures,
and walking across for more.
The fast flowing stream reflected still skeletal oaks, cerulean skies, and scudding clouds.
Stirred by rocky bends, bubbling surface water sped upstream, clearly revealing the gravel bed.
Not so clear was the mud coloured liquid in the shallower pools lined by last year’s oak leaves, now nurturing bright green weed.
I wandered off piste to picture a grazing pony;
a shadow-strewn path;
roots exposed by the erosive action of the waters;
and a friendly family group.
Our first wedding was 52 years ago today. After a somewhat lengthy hiatus we enjoyed a second in 2017. This evening we are off to The Family House Chinese restaurant in Totton where will partake of our favourite set meal while drinking Tsing Tao beer.