At The Trough

James Peacock of Peacock Computers spent most of the morning with me on the phone and at my desk resolving the banking/computer problems. Naturally this has been a great relief.

While James and I clicked on icons and stuff outside the kitchen door our nostrils were treated to the delicious aromas of Jackie’s lamb curry bubbling and steaming on the hob.

This afternoon, continuing what Jackie had begun this morning,

I watered a few pots and hanging baskets while she

chopped the ingredients for mushroom rice.

It was far too hot for any further gardening this afternoon, so we took a short drive into the forest.

A group of Highland Cattle were slaking their thirst in the cattle trough on Wootton Heath. The comments on give intriguing additions providing an explanation of how this London icon found its way into the New Forest.

Most other animals kept out of sight of the scorching sun, as we discovered when traversing

Bisterne Close, where sun dappled woodland scenes were all that was on offer for a photographer.

From Lyndhurst Road we could look down onto field horses, two of which wore masks protecting eyes and ears from irritating flies. As usual the galleries can be accessed by clicking on any image and viewing full size by clicking the box beneath each picture which may then be further amplified.

Photographic clues earlier in the post will make our dinner no surprise when I tell you we enjoyed

Jackie’s excellent spicy lamb jalfrezi with mushroom rice, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Carinena.

It was the Assistant Photographer who, dinners in our dishes, dashed out to photograph what she could see from the kitchen table. I would never have got away with it. The landscape format shows bronze fennel in the Pond Bed; the portrait, fuchsia Chequerboard.


  1. Fascinating story about the trough. Also fascinating that one of your readers knew so much, in addition to the other chap who knew even more!

  2. Like reading the menu, always…but I really like the photos of the food! YUMMY! šŸ™‚
    My compliments to Jackie!!! šŸ™‚ I just love fixing meals that have to cook on low and slow for hours! It makes the house smell so wonderful!

    I’m so glad you got some good help to sort out the bank issues. Whew! That’s always a relief!

    The Highland Cattle look like they haven’t seen a barber in weeks! šŸ˜‰ HA! šŸ˜› Actually, they are very beautiful!

    Love the hanging baskets! Is one of them a hat?! I love the little owl hanging there, too! šŸ™‚

    Stay safe. Stay hydrated. Stay cool. Don’t drool. (Ha! Cooper added the “Don’t drool”! šŸ˜® )
    (((HUGS))) šŸ™‚

  3. Such an interesting diversity of photos! Of course, I love the highland cattle, and the hanging baskets are so bright and cheerful! As a vegetarian, I’d love to try some mushroom rice with curry.

  4. Oh, I had curry last week and this makes me want it again. I noticed Jackie got a glass top stove with the kitchen remodel. Does she like it? I like mine (there are some things about the way the burners heat up I’m not fond of, but getting used to) because it’s sooooo easy to clean. The Highland cattle are the hippies of the bovine world. They always make me think of Monty Python for some reason.

    1. The hobs were annoyingly difficult to understand at first, but now we wouldn’t be without them. Monty Python & the Holy Grail? Thanks very much, Lisa.

  5. Oh my, that curry looks amazing! And I love the first garden shot in this post, Derrick. I’m imagining wandering along that path…

  6. Did you get to the bottom of the banking scam? I have stopped paying for anti-virus software, I don’t thik it really works, it just frightens you.
    I really like the picture of the slobbering beast!

    1. Thanks very much, Andrew. It wasn’t a virus, it was me falling for a very convincing scam. The Mac blocked it immediately which is why I couldn’t get into my own account. Ultimately rather reassuring. Glad you liked that picture which is about 1/4 of the long distance shot.

  7. Hi Derrick, glad you got the banking issue resolved. I had mushroom rice with our dinner tonight, too… with fish, noy lamb. But that lamb curry looked really good. <3

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