This morning I read in the car while Jackie shopped first in Milford Supplies for hand gel, wipes, and a mask; then for pansies in Ferndene Farm Shop, after which we continued into the forest, where Holmsley Passage displayed signs of autumn in the form of

partially nibbled mushrooms, vibrant wild rose hips, and golden brown bracken.

The rippling stream flows beneath the little bridge spanning the lane, now so narrowly tarmacked as to be almost impassable.

While I focussed on the bracken Jackie photographed her resident wing mirror spider as it emerged from hiding, took a little exercise round the rim, and scuttled back inside.

As I wandered in the woodland alongside Bisterne Close the tranquility I shared with a pair of peaceful ponies was about to be disturbed by a steadily increasing rolling, reverberating, thunder, which, given the clarity of the skies was somewhat surprising.

Suddenly, streaming through the trees and into the open a string of assorted ponies rushed past, scooping up the original couple in their wake. Soon they could be seen among distant gorse bushes until their thundering hooves recommenced and instantly they were gone.

All was returned to calm normality by cattle leisurely blocking Bennet’s Lane.

This afternoon Jackie planted the pansies around Scooby’s grave with tete-a-tete daffodil bulbs beneath them.

Later we dined on a second sitting of Mr Chan’s excellent Hordle Chinese Take Away fare with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank a very smooth Bordeaux Médoc 2018

Published by derrickjknight

I am a septuagenarian 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

82 thoughts on “Thunder

  1. The tête-à-tête daffodils will look nice in Spring and be the right size to compliment rather than overpower the memorial. Good choice, Jackie. Good picture of the wing mirror spider too – I can never get mine in focus. Glad to know I’m not te only one with a wing mirroe spider. I often worry about it getting enough to eat.

  2. Both the stream and the pony are equally expressive in color and in black and white. I also enjoyed intensely dynamic photos of running equines. I didn’t know horses were afraid of thunder, just like my female cats.

  3. The action photos of the ponies thundering through woods are magnificent Derrick, I’m going save a couple of photos into my “Derrick” file… they are definitely inspiring enough for a poem, but I’m so busy and tired from working on my manuscript, I’ll rest this weekend, and come back to the Photos another time…

  4. the horses streaming through the woods look majestic! Scooby’s grave warms the heart. looking forward to the flowers in bloom! delightful gallery as always, Derrick! 🙂

  5. I am certain toadstools are magical beings and are privy to the secrets of the universe, but I will leave it at that. The resident anarchid in Modus’ side mirror surprised me. The stampede of horses was dramatic and well narrated.

    That is a nice memorial service for Scooby.

  6. Ponies in woodland …. ponies in wonderland where spiders live in mirrors and pansies come to celebrate sweet Scooby dogs. (I just finished writing my stream of consciousness post for tomorrow so I’m in SoC mode.) My but those action shots of the ponies are absolutely marvelous!

  7. Thunder AND thundering ponies! How wonderful! Love your action shots of them!
    You and Jackie capture-in-photo so many things that most people would just pass on by! Love the visiting spider, the mushrooms, rose hips, bubbly flowing stream, etc. 🙂
    Oh, Scooby’s resting place is beautiful…makes me teary-eyed. Jackie, you chose the perfect flowers to keep him company! I can’t wait to see them as they grow, flourish, and surround Scooby with love! ❤
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  8. Really like the header, reminded me of the wild horses of the Camargue.

    How odd you mention thunder, last night I dreamed about a thunderstorm that knocked out the electricity supply to the hotel where I was staying.

  9. Oh, how I wish I could get me hands on the wild mushroom. We always went into the forest in fall, collected mushrooms and berries. I was quite good. It seems like a lifetime ago -oh wait, it was a lifetime ago.

  10. Beautiful photos, Derrick and Jackie, and I loved the galloping ponies. So Jackie has a resident side mirror spider! We have one or two that live behind our porch thermometer every year, and are out there all winter. I like to think of the thermometer as a prime residence that gets handed down, generation to generation of new spiders. 🙂

  11. The running pony photos are splendid–that little one at the end is adorable. I wonder if something spooked them? It must have been a wonderful sight.

    Scooby’s grave will be lovely.

  12. Strange to have unanticipated thunder, but it appears the ponies knew it was coming, huh? I have always loved pansies. It never occurred to me that they should be planted in fall. They’d have a short life here before being buried in snow!

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