Today we took an early lunch and drove to Tesco for our big shop. As usual I sat in the car, Jackie did the business, and I intended to read my book. After one page my sister, Jacqueline, phoned me and that was the end of the reading.
In fact Tesco wasn’t too difficult, so the Caterer in Chief wouldn’t let me unload the shopping into the car for Covid safety’s sake.
We took a diversion round Holmsley Passage and its misty, frosty, landscape on our way home.
As I wandered, fingers and toes tingling, I discerned just one group of grazing ponies.
Others, on Holmsley Road
and Wootton Common were nearer at hand. One, as soon as I paid it any attention, huddled against its companion seeking security.
A weak sun, putting in an appearance over Hordle Lane, silhouetted a number of oaks.
Undeterred by the fact that we are still consuming provisions bought in for Covid-cancelled Christmas, Jackie had made her first Easter egg purchases.
This evening we dined on more of Jackie’s perfect spicy pork paprika; boiled potatoes; firm carrots and cauliflower; and tender runner beans, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Malbec.
Doesn’t the landscape look so pretty when it’s frosty! At least nature can still delight ?
Indeed, Helen. Thank you very much
Derrick, those photographs of the oak silhouetted in black and white look incredible ???
Thanks very much, John
Yes – I love those, too.
They are so effective aren’t they Jodie ?
Awesome photos Derrick, how beautiful!
Thank you very much, Agnes
You are welcome Derrick, wishing you another year of happy blogging.
Thank you both
Beautiful photos–I like the frosty and misty trees and grasses. That Easter bunny candy is funny.
Thanks very much, Merril 🙂
Unlike Helen I thought how gloomy it looked in your wonderful photos.
Thanks very much, Sheree, too. Different takes on my pics are fine
Easter? And here I thought the store I went to last Sunday was jumping the gun with Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day decorations!
🙂 Thanks very much, GP
Fabulous frosty landscapes, especially the black and white ones and the oak branches.
Thanks very much, Dolly
You are very welcome, Derrick.
Lovely, moody photos, Derrick. I thought it was cute that the one pony needed to huddle close to his friend after you spoke to him.
Funny about the Easter candy. Hope springs eternal.
🙂 Thanks very much, Jodie
I loved the misty, frosty shots and I am glad that Jackie is thinking ahead. I find it hard enough to think about tomorrow.
🙂 Thanks a lot, Tootlepedal
I find misty, foggy days to be comforting…I feel like I’m wrapped in a blanket…safe, warm, at peace. 🙂
Love the equine twosome! Always nice to have a friend at your side. 🙂
Just looking at the fun Easter-ness brings the joy 🙂 !!! Great purchase, Jackie!!! ?
Ha! Maybe the rabbit in my backyard is The Easter Bunny…on vacation…he got nice digs and I’m feeding him every day! 😉
Thanks very much, Carolyn X
Yes, it’s time to put one of the most miserable Christmases behind us and move on. However, with Norm and my 40th wedding anniversary on January 10th and my birthday in March, we have a few extra celebrations before Easter. 🙂
Stay safe 🙂
Thank you very much, Chrissy. Congratulations to you both in advance
🙂 Thanks Derrick.
Oh wow Derrick, your collection of cold, wet, and frosty photos sent a shiver down my spine… best I step outside into my morning sunshine… 9.30am and it’s already 20’C…
🙂 Best you do, Ivor. Thanks a lot.
A frozen foggy world is still a beautiful one, as seen through your lens! The dark forms of trees against a variable grey sky are quite artistic.
Jackie’s Easter egg purchases remind me this month is flying by (though in some ways not fast enough!), and Easter with all spring’s new life and colors will be here before we know it. 🙂
Thank you very much, Lavinia. I appreciate tori judgement. Jackie hopes to make up for last Easter which was cancelled.
You sprung a new one on me, Derrick. I’m looking for a definition of tori judgement and not finding one. A British legal term? 🙂
I hope we can all have an enjoyable Easter weekend this year. 🙂
So sorry, Lavinia. That should be ‘your’ judgement. Dunno whether that was me or WP 🙁
The spell checker and auto-completion often get me. 🙂 No worries, Derrick. There does seem to be such a thing, though I only found one obscure reference to a “Declared Tori Judgement” in a PDF link I didn’t want to open.
Love the tree silhouettes – I think you have captured the weird sisters here. I find the second picture magical and also the alternative shot showing more of the scene later on in the post.
Thank you very much, Susan. I do appreciate your close study
Lots of great photos! I love the frozen, misty landscapes and the trees against the sky.
Thank you very much, Liz
You’re welcome, Derrick.
A frosty landscape but still beautiful ☺️
Ues, Ribana. Many thanks
Love the silhouetted trees! Easter eggs? What about Valentine?
I’m sure Valentine was there, too, but Jackie looks ahead to Easter in hope. Thank you very much, Rosaliene
Beautiful photos, Derrick. Please be safe, you and Jackie, while you’re out and about. We just learned that Derek’s only uncle, who’s been fighting the virus, has taken a turn for the worse. He’s at the hospital, but they have no available beds. Sorry to be a downer, but I just want you guys to stay safe.
Thanks very much, Jill. Fully understood. I’m so sorry about Derek’s uncle.
Beautiful pictures as always – love those shots of the frost and mist!
Thank you very much, M.B.
I’m really surprised to see those Easter goodies already. Perhaps Valentine’s Day isn’t the marketing bonanza there that it is here. Our candy aisles turned pink and red about a nanosecond after Christmas.
Thanks very much, Linda. We do celebrate Valentine’s Day, but Jackie has her eye on Easter
The most wonderful post sir.
Thank you very much, Gary
I like the mystery of the frosty misty landscapes and the glowing sky behind the silhouetted trees.
Thank you very much, JoAnna. I’m pleased you picked up the sky. A perfectly round sun was out at that point, but too much for the camera.
That’s a frost-laden day, no wonder your limbs were tingling. Jackie’s Easter Eggs are harbingers of hope.
Indeed they are, Uma. Thank you very much
The landscape looks like it is under a spell. Somehow, Easter eggs taste different than Christmas candy, which means it is good to have both. 😉
🙂 Thanks very much, Laurie
Misty scenes and silhouetted oaks – the stuff of mystery stories! I was astounded to find shelves buckling under the weight of Easter eggs on my first visit to our local supermarket after Christmas. Already? Other items stacked high are non-alcoholic drinks ranging from bubblies to beer – to indicate that celebrations are still quite in order despite the current ban (again) on the sale of alcohol products.
Thanks very much, Anne. Last Easter was cancelled here because of Covid. So soon, indeed
Beautiful frosty landscape! And love the post. But I can’t imagine where you’d find Easter candy this time of year. LOL Wishing you both a very happy and prosperous new year. 🙂
Thank you very much, Cherie. Our supermarkets hardly let the dust settle on events before stocking up for the next
You’re very welcome, Derek. It sounds like they plan way ahead, which is always a good thing. 🙂
Enjoyed the photo tour Derrick. I am a fan of misty landscapes and fog. So miss that feeling.
Thank you very much, Amanda
That’s a lovely portrait of the ginger pony.
Thanks very much, John
Amazing frosty and misty pictures ❤️
Thank you very much, Olivia
beautiful misty images for us today, Derrick. lovely ponies! 🙂 🙂
Thank you very much, Lola
I especially like those oaks Derrick.
Thanks very much, Andrew.
I love the pictures. Waiting for my vision to settle down post cataract surgery so I can see clearly to read.
I hope it does so speedily. I was around 50+ when I had my cataract op – the consequence of a cricket ball in the eye aged 14. It is still good now. Thanks very much, Sherry
Bwhahahahahaha No, not Easter purchases! 😀
I know. Ridiculous. Thanks very much, Widders
Such interesting photos, Derrick!
Thank you very much, Cynthia
We’ve had frosty, foggy mornings here, too. Love your photos. You captured it so well! And Jackie, I like your idea of beginning Easter now… I am ready for January to take a back seat!
Thank you very much from us both, Jan
I love the very atmospheric skeleton trees and I am always pleased to a photo of my Hardy road. You always seem to take it from the same spot.
From the dip in the middle, John. Thanks very much.
I love the set of pictures which is looking almost black and white. Beautiful!
Thank you very much, Alexander
Lovely shots. The shots with frosts and silhouettes came out extremely well.
Thanks very much, Rupali. Your assessment is important
Oh this was a fun post and the photos had extra takeaways
Thanks very much, Yvette
Can feel that cold air…neat group of shots.
Thanks very much, Cynthia
The silhouetted oaks are outstanding. Well done, Derrick.
Thanks very much, Crystal