A Garden Stream

This morning Jackie created and photographed in situ this stone for Scooby. As soon as she can order one next month, Becky will plant a softly scented rose ‘Little White Pet’.

Later, on this, Mum’s 98th birthday, we visited her at Woodpeckers Care Home, brought a card and pot plants, and sang Happy Birthday. The plaster on her arm remains as a precaution against clothes rubbing on the well healed skin. Mum peeled it back to show us that it is quite dry. The dressing will finally be removed tomorrow.

This afternoon we took a drive into the forest.

One end of Church Lane crosses a now fast flowing swollen stream stretching through the landscape and a long garden. We experienced a great deal of overnight rainfall which has contributed to this.

Close scrutiny of the recently cropped tails on some of the various ponies occupying Wooden House Lane in Pilley will indicate that they have been rounded up and freshly clipped in a Drift round up.

These creatures were particularly persistent in gaining my acquaintance; so much so that I could feel the breath from their nostrils tickling the hairs on the back of my hand. I therefore popped back into the car and changed my lens, so that I could keep a slightly more sociable distance.

Two of the equine creatures were not into maintaining any sort of distance.

On Pilley Bailey ponies on the road had no qualms about displaying their neat tail trims.

This evening we dined on spicy pork chops; roast potatoes, some of which were sweet; crisp carrots and cauliflower; with tender runner beans and meaty gravy. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank The Second Fleet Limestone Coast Shiraz 2019.


  1. I’m glad Scooby is now resting.

    The ponies are looking neat and trim for the coming Winter. I’d love to be that close to horses again. I’m going to make a point of it after this social distancing thing is over!! Hope I live that long!!

  2. Happy birthday to your mother, Derrick! She is looking well, and the reflection photo is fabulous. So reflection photos of the stream. The two ponies romancing each other are adorable.

  3. OH!!!! Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mum, Derrick! I hope she has a sweet day! I’m so happy you all got to spend time with her! 98 virtual (((HUGS))) and much love to her! πŸ™‚

    The stone Jackie created for Scooby is so wonderful! πŸ™‚

    All your photos today are smile-bringers…the equines and the water photos are brilliant! πŸ™‚ The ponies pony-tails are long and luxurious! πŸ™‚ Perfect photo for “The End”…Ha! πŸ˜€
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  4. The Little White Pet rose sounds like a lovely idea. We should find something like that for our Mickey cat’s remembrance.

    Happy Birthday to your mom! I like Jackie’s smiling reflection. I’m sure your mom was happy to have a birthday visit.

    I like the stream and reflection photos–and the horses, too.

  5. Thanks for sharing Scooby’s final resting place. The photo of Mum (And Jackie in reflection) is touching, glad you have time with her on her 98th. Some of the horses look suspiciously like they are with foal.

    1. The cuts indicate the ponies’ home territories – each one is different – they roam free but generally stick with their friends. Thanks very much, Chrissy

  6. I’m glad your mother healed well; I’m sure having that dressing off will be an additional nice birthday gift. The photo of her, with Jackie’s reflection, is just wonderful. I especially like the water photos.

  7. Happy 98th Birthday to your Mum! I know she enjoyed your visit and the “card and pot plants.” Necking ponies! lol. I think I spied a weeping willow tree.

  8. happy birthday to your Mum, Derrick! the ponies trimmed tails looked interesting. i love the first photo; Jackie did a wonderful job. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks very much, Lola. Although the ponies roam free they generally remain in their own areas. Tails are trimmed in different ways to indicate these areas.

  9. Derrick, How are your skills with the new editor? It seems using the old way through WP Admin is no longer possible.

    My biggest problem is that I can’t get the URLs to show the title of the link in the new editor.
    For example: Riverside Peace should appear as just Riverside Peace but I’m just getting the plain URL https://riversidepeace.com/

    Have you figured that one out yet?


      1. Sorry. I often speak gobly goop.

        I have a link at the end of all my posts with just the highlighted blue name without all the whole URL appearing. The new editor just shows the whole URL.

        I’ll try your link. Thanks.

        The comment probably went to spam because I placed URLs in it.

        πŸ™‚ I’ll just keep trying. Thanks.

  10. Belated Happy Birthday to your mum, I am pleased that she remains in good health.
    The photos of the overflowing stream are really lovely and I did enjoy seeing the horses on the lane and looking so beautifully groomed – what a fabulous name Wooden Hut Lane!

  11. A delightful post – I revelled in the sight of so much water (we have had 9mm of very soft rain overnight which has freshened the air beautifully) and enjoyed the many equine photographs. Your Mom is doing well – I hope you will be able to touch and hug her before long.

  12. Best wishes for your Mom on her 98th Birthday!
    Those ponies are immune to the doom unleashed by the Chinese, and are rightly engaged in their right to embrace.

  13. The stream is really beautiful.
    We have some streams like that on the outskirts of the city. I like to cycle there sometimes in summer.

  14. I love black and white photos of water – they show the sheen and texture of water so vividly. And happy birthday to your mom! 98 is an achievement and she looks well. Great pictures as always, Derrick. Be well.

  15. Happy birthday to your mother,. She is looking well, and I can only imagine the tales she can tell after 98 years of living πŸ™‚

  16. So glad you could visit your mum for her birthday–and that the horses at least don’t have to socially distance. I like the idea of a rose for Scooby.

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