Freckles Revealed

We arrived at Lidl at 8.30 this morning, which proved to be the perfect time. There was no queue and Jackie was able to make a month’s worth of purchases in good time while I sat in the car, read a book and received instruction from

other shoppers in how to load a car before I rendered assistance to Jackie in bagging up and packing her shopping.

Back at home we discovered curly caterpillars munching on our nasturtium salad bar.

Later this still hot and humid afternoon we drove into the forest.

For the first time since my knee surgery I ventured along the footpath off Undershore that runs alongside Lymington River’s reed beds. Cow Parsley seed pods had already opened. The largely overgrown path was riddled with tree root trip hazards so I didn’t go too far before turning back.

At the corner of Bull Hill and Jordan’s Lane in Pilley we were pleased to see the horse we will call Freckles, now free of flies, relieved of its protective mask. The diminutive companion knew that the grass was definitely greener on the other side of the fence.

Rans Wood, at the far end of Furzey Lodge, holds some mighty oaks, here dappled by the light of the sun.

This evening we dined on succulent roast chicken thighs; Jackie’s juicy ratatouille; crisp sage and onion stuffing; crunchy carrots; tasty boiled new potatoes; tender cauliflower and runner beans; and flavoursome gravy with which the Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I drank Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2018.


  1. I avoid the grocery queues by shopping at half past six on a Monday morning – am usually the first one in and am out before many others arrive. People packing their shopping into their cars makes an unusual topic, which I have enjoyed.

  2. Last year they opened a Lidl near our home. Next time I go, which might be never at this point, I’ll be thinking of you and Jackie. I’m glad your timing was good!

  3. Wonderful photos. You certainly enjoy yourself while sitting in the car waiting for Jackie. Freckles looks content.
    I love big old trees and dappled light!

  4. I always preferred early morning shopping, so many advantages, best parking spots for one!
    Haven’t been shopping for a few months and don’t miss it one bit.

  5. I’m glad to see that Freckles is no longer being tortued by flies. My two favorites out of this group are the two black-and-whites. They remind me of books I read as a child about hidden, secret places.

  6. Hee Hee you’re funny. I wondered why you were checking out the young lady loading her car.

    Norm has a strategy for loading the car. I have no say in it. LOL.

    Great post and photos as usual. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I like the photo of the horse (Freckles?) and the pony. It looks like a picture from an old movie – something about the lighting I think. They look like good friends. And of course I love those mighty oaks! I bet they are good friends, too.

  8. Early birds catch the shop crowd-free, donโ€™t they? The companion shoppers look content with their booty. The Caterpillar is going to bloom into a flower not dissimilar from nasturtiums. The monochrome picture of the woods are hypnotic. Freckle is certainly an interesting pony!

  9. Very dim memories of my Dad’s garden tell me that the caterpillar is a “Cabbage White”, as he used to call them. I’d always wondered where they had all gone now that people don’t grow vegetables quite so much.

  10. Freckles is lovely and has a sweet little side-kick! ๐Ÿ™‚
    People watching is one of life’s joys! And it IS interesting to see how people do things. Interesting that most of the supervisors seem to be female! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›
    And HA! I was enjoying looking at the men’s legs! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜€
    OH! on the caterpillar! Quite “freckly” himself! He would make a nice meal for some birdy! ๐Ÿ™‚
    HUGS, no bugs!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. ”Mum… Mum… There’s a strange man in the car over there taking pictures of people coming out of Lidl!”

    ”Don’t worry dear, he’s just a blogger”

    Great photos as ever Derrick, Freckles is a lovely looking horse.

  12. In March I was caught speeding. Today I drove 20 miles to attend my naughty driver course to find it cancelled. I was annoyed about that but went shopping in Lidl instead. I like Lidl but don’t have one nearby so generally have to go to ALDI instead.

  13. I enjoyed these forest scenes, Derrick and Jackie! It’s wonderful you can escape there and enjoy the scenery and all the animals. Freckles and his companion are beautiful! That bug cape must be hot though, I would think.

    That is a lovely caterpillar photo, and I wonder what sort of moth or butterfly it will develop into.

    1. Thanks very much from us both, Lavinia. Freckles certainly looked more comfortable. According to other commenters it is a boring old cabbage white – which is incidentally our most prolific variety this year.

  14. I love your caterpillar photo, Derrick … and of course, the horses are magnificent. I love borrowing your photos and hope my admiration for your photography and writing skills will send any of my readers who don’t already know your blog over here to join me in marveling at the beauty of your garden and countryside. I so appreciate the time you take to capture the images, edit them, select and post the scenes, and share your life with us. You are a treasure. Thank you! <3

      1. I love reading you. Often I cannot ‘like’ your post as I read it on a browser because the WP app gives me no end of grief. And on the browser it makes it hard to sign in so I can’t ‘like’ but I always read you xxx

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