More Equine Infants

A dull day brightened after lunch, when we visited Otter Nurseries to buy three more – the last – hanging baskets similar to the three Jackie had purchased this morning. We continued our drive into the forest, where

adult asses trimmed the verges and, scratching when necessary, blocked the road at the bottom of Bull Hill,

further up which we found a flurry of fresh foal births since our visit a few days ago.

Leaving one suckling we progressed to East End where an infant pony nuzzled for similar nourishment

among others in a field of swaying golden buttercups.

Later, with a background of glorious birdsong, I dug out a bramble; dead-headed masses of Welsh poppies; and photographed

the Chilean lantern tree lighting the way along the Shady Path.

This evening we dined on more of Jackie’s spicy pasta arrabbiata with the addition of firm broccoli. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Fleurie.


  1. that path is awesome
    and those last three hanging baskets are going to add another splash of beauty to your beautiful place

  2. YAY for more hanging baskets! The lantern tree is lovely!
    You know I LOVE the donkeys! Baby donkeys AND baby ponies…OHMYGOSH! Those sweet faces! πŸ™‚
    Livin’ life among the buttercups…what could be better! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    PS…now the song Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations is playing in my head. πŸ˜€

  3. I love the donkey nursery! The two donkeys on the verge look like they’re enjoying themselves. I love the Chilean lantern tree. They prefer a temperate climate?

  4. What a great day – more hanging baskets to enhance the garden further; is that even possible? And the unexpected encounter with the newborn. Doesn’t get much better than that!

  5. Such totally adorable photos of the foals and their mothers!
    I had not heard of ‘Welsh Poppies’ before, so have looked them up. They sound lovely, and hugely beneficial for wildlife. Great that they’re perennials, too – I’m sure I recognise them, but not their name!
    The Chiltern Lantern Tree is indeed lighting the shady path – and looks very inviting, too πŸ™‚

  6. The foals, donkey and pony, are adorable!

    That is a beautiful garden path, plantings and lantern tree. You, Jackie and Elizabeth have done a lot of hard work!

  7. Love the baby pictures. Wrangler sent me to town yesterday morning and I came home with another hanging pot and rain gauge. All were on sale. The gauge has a cute holder and the pot I had a bere spot on one side of our steps so I made a hangers for it. He thought I was done with flowers.

  8. You have captured a heartwarming album of the equine citizens of New Forest. The last passage about your work by the shady path is so poetic! You have become the skylark of The Garden.

  9. Thank you for sharing your lovely forests, fields, and foals. I like the donkey foal hair tuffs and the shaggy ponies. The buttercups are a nice touch, too!

  10. I’m lovin’ all the photos today, Derrick! (You knew I would). But can you estimate how tall the infant pony stands?

  11. Excellent sequence. If one must be blocked by asses on the road, or in life in general, this is the best type of blockage. Beautiful composition, and a wonderful peaceful atmosphere.

  12. Lovely to see the donkeys. You picked my favourite shot for the header. My only question is the shady path does not seem very shady. Has it been transformed since it was named?

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