Even at 8.30 this morning garden watering was shirt-soaking weather without having gone anywhere near the sprinkler.

I also produced a few photographs. Jackie said I made life difficult for myself with the camera slung round my neck. As usual, the gallery can be accessed by clicking on any image, each of which may be enlarged. This may be useful to find the camouflaged bee in the last picture.

Later, we set off for a picnic lunch. I should have known that the cattle drinking from the stream crossed by Holmsley Passage would have been inquisitive enough to

leave by the time I extricated myself from the car, and proceed to block the road.

The usual string of ponies did the same with considerably more effect than the bovines. Jackie considered that the traffic problem had been exacerbated by “old man in the road”. Well, it was a little difficult for me to round the obstacles to meet up with my Chauffeuse who had moved on ahead.

Outside Hyde CE Primary School a donkey foal stopped during feeding time for a scratch while waiting to be enrolled into ‘The Family in the Forest’.

Eventually we found a shady car park in Godshill Wood. We hadn’t bought chairs and there were no benches, so we could not emulate other, better prepared, picnickers and stayed in the open-windowed car watching

a trio of ponies clustered together for protection against the myriad of flies they had diverted from our lunch.

Another equine pair took direct shelter beneath the trees.

Occasionally a combination of the carelessly parked grey car and the cluster of ponies presented drivers with difficulty. One young lady left her car and proceeded to push a pony in an attempt to shift the group. She was pushed in turn, declared that the pony was either too hot or too grumpy, and returned her transport which threw up dust as it sped off into the distance.

This evening we dined on Hordle Chinese Take Away’s excellent fare with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Malbec.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

81 thoughts on “Picnicking

  1. Despite my local temperature being a single digit this morning I can feel the heat radiating from the photos of shade seeking animals and picnickers……. The relief found in dappled light is captured perfectly.

  2. It sounds like you’re having the same type of weather we’re having–but we just had a scary thunderstorm, too. Your flowers are so bright and beautiful–but it’s that little donkey foal that has my focus today. So cute!
    I can’t imagine picnicking with horses and cattle wandering about. There’s nothing like that around here unless you’re on a farm.

    1. I did wonder at one point how I was going to get round the ponies. Eventually a car waited for me – so Jackie’s observation was quite accurate. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks very much, Liz.

  3. A butterfly was hiding on the perennial peas too, though perhaps not quite such a master of disguise as the bee. I love the light you’ve captured on the petunias. It is far too hot for me at the moment.

  4. your flowers are gorgeous, well watered and holding up despite the heat. and good to see ponies sheltering. your photos are always delightful! thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oy! It take a special person to push a pony, she is lucky she wasn’t harmed…maybe next time she will understand the lesson of slowing down and enjoying the moment.

  6. Hi Derrick – well the other day it was a traffic jam of cars – I think I like this jam of cows and horses a little better. I don’t know why I like looking at donkeys so much – they are so cute to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I donโ€™t know whether the astuteness of the images or your description of the day convinced me of the stuffy climate out there, so I felt relaxed when you moved to Godshill Wood. The proceedings of the picnic spot have been described in a captivating manner.

  8. Hi, Arlene, it really is that hot, I am melting after about five minutes, it is very humid too. The Dahlia that I think you are referring too (the single with the dark centre?) is in a pot, it has been there for years and I have lost the label!

  9. The young lady could be someone who is used to being around horses, someone who knows that occasionally you just need to give them a blooming good shove!

  10. OOH! I found the bee! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ha! on Jackie’s comments! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Love that little donkey!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ He could come live at my house any time!

    What a beautiful place, and shady, to picnic! I would’ve thought they would have some benches and tables set up.

    Loved the middle horse in the trio! He was probably trying to convince the other two that they were pointed in the wrong direction! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Hmm…what is that old saying? “You can push a horse, but you can’t make him get out of the road if he doesn’t want to get out of the road. OH, and he might push you back!” Ha! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thank you so much for these lovely photos! A highlight in my day! ๐Ÿ™‚
    HUGS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS…we cooked a pot of pinto beans and then fixed some ribs to go with them!

      1. Oh please do call me Beck ๐ŸŒฟ Itโ€™s only my childrenโ€™s names I keep quiet – so that they can choose how to be online when they are older ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Here in New England we are also experiencing many sweat-soaked days. But itโ€™s worth it for you considering the views you get. Gorgeous photos and I love the idea of the woman driver trying to push the pony aside!

  12. I enjoyed seeing the garden, as always! I am sorry you hare having excessive heat there. We are in a temporary cool spell right here, but the forecast is now for 102 on Saturday, and high temperatures for the next week.

    The forest photos are always interesting. The ponies are probably hot and grumpy. in the current weather. So much gardener’s gold being left behind on the street! Who cleans that up or gets to go off with the gold? Does anyone get to come by with shovel and bucket to take it home for the garden?

    That one cow has some impressive horns, and I would not want to have to ask her to move. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Ik vind het heel erg apart, dat al dat “vee” gewoon vrij overal rond kan lopen: koeien, paarden en ezels alsof wij hun lastig vallen in hun territorium. Ik vind dat wel hรฉรฉl erg country site en snap er als Amsterdammer helemaal niks van. Dat dat kan in Engeland, hoe is het mogelijk!!!
    Nee, ik begrijp het niet: Komt in Nederland nergens ergens voor. Stel je voor zeg! Het hele dorp in rep-en-roer, de hele provincie in rep-en-roer … , heel Nederland in rep-en-roer: “De beesten lopen los!!! Bel 112! Desnoods de brandweer, want dit kan niet!”
    Dan kan je niet eens rustig op een bankje zitten te picknicken, omdat nieuwsgierig “vee” ook een hapje wil proeven. Rare mensen die Engelsen, maar uw tuin is onovertroffen … Amsterdam, 14 – 8 – 2020 * http://www.friedabblog.wordpress.com *

  14. You’ve received lots of comments about that one young lady who left her car and proceeded to push a pony… hah! If she thought the pony was ” either too hot or too grumpy,” she should have looked inward as she “threw up dust [speeding] off into the distance!” She has a lot to learn!! BTW, your garden is looking no worse for the wear of all that heat… thanks to the diligent waterers. Beautiful, {{{Derrick}}} and {{{Jackie}}} โค โค

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