Stable Yard Aroma

After an early start when Jackie concentrated on watering and I dug out a couple of brambles, we called a halt on gardening and drove to Rosie Lea for a very enjoyable full English brunch which, even under the open shelter had us oozing in the heat.

We then set off for the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, but didn’t get very far. Our first encounter with

desperately sheltering sun-dappled ponies clustered together for protection against insufferable flies came immediately after leaving Brockenhurst on the Rhinefield Road.

A little further along, beside Whitemoor Pond Car Park where Jackie waited in the Modus, I walked around a pool inhaling the stable yard aroma sucked from the panting, pulsating, hides of ponies, including Shetlands, and Highland cattle, by the unrelenting 29C heat.

As usual, the larger Highlanders hogged the water while the poor native ponies patiently waited their turn on the banks. Sometimes, even those paddling, seemed unable to hold up their heads, or to be bothered to drink.

The still water scarcely summoned the energy to raise a ripple.

I went off the idea of a walk in the woods and we returned home. While I drafted this, Jackie watched TV Garden Rescue programmes, pausing them every 45 minutes to move the garden sprinkler hose.

As usual, after a hearty brunch, a light salad sufficed for our evening meal.


  1. As usual, magnificent photography! I particularly like the reflections of the ponies in the ponds/puddles, and of the lazy cattle resting or standing in water trying to stay cool! Would that I had a back yard pond in which to sit or stand for the hot afternoons!

  2. Interesting that the Highlander cattle rule the roost. I was never able to run cattle and horses together. The horses liked to chase the cattle. Hot weather coupled with flies are always a tremendous stress on livestock. Glad that you and Jackie have the ability to water your gardens.

  3. WooWee! I can smell the stable yard aroma from here! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I’m convinced the bovine, equine, porcine, cervine, elaphine canine, donkey-ine, and all the -ines gather and wait for you to show up and take their beautiful photos! ๐Ÿ™‚
    LOVE your reflection photos AND your B&W photos today! Amazing and gorgeous!
    OH, that hair on the highland cattle! I’d think they’d need haircuts to survive the hot days. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS…Stay safe. Stay cool. Don’t melt. Don’t drool. (Cooper added the don’t drool part! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜› )

  4. Good to see Jackie had some down time. She usually keeps on the go! Even though 29’c doesn’t sound much to us, I was in England once when it was low 30s and it definitely was hard to take. Of course I hadn’t packed for that either.

      1. I don’t envy you that experience. When I lived in Adelaide pre air conditioning I used to put a tray of ice in front of an oscillating fan to try to cool the air across the bed.

    1. Thank you very much, Liz. Your appreciation of the header and its companion is so welcome, because, until I converted them I almost didn’t use them.

  5. Those sanguine four-hoofed consciences donโ€™t give a hoot to the biped-infested madness pervading the planet. Lovely photos as ever.

  6. I’ve felt so sorry for the animals in this heat, I do not know how they have coped. Even poor Woody who is a sun worshiper has been ill.

    1. On other occasions I have seen them wait for the cattle to leave. Ponies do often go in the water. I think they let the big girls have their way ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks a lot, John

  7. Everyone grows accustomed to their ‘normal’ temperatures, but when I read 29C, I had to do the calculations, just to see. That would be about 84F — which often is close to our low nighttime temps in summer. I’d kill for a few days of 29C just now — in fact, our current temp at 6 a.m. is 28C, and its going to trend up for the next few days. Of course, this is standard operating procedure here, and at least I’m not wearing coats like the Highlanders!

  8. I enjoyed all your photos, Derrick and Jackie. A beautiful collection of ponies and cattle! The heat is hard on the larger animals, and the heat and humidity do accentuate the barnyard fragrance, and the flies. Those shaggy Highland cattle in the water trying to cool off make an interesting set of photos.

  9. I think I may have seen the highland cattle in the very same pool some years ago. Their fur is ill-suited for this weather.

    1. We would if we could. His domestic circumstances have changed and he has employed a couple of new men who work as hard as he does, but weekly visits are no longer possible. He is always willing to be called, but we prefer to wait to be fitted in. However we will be asking him to take a truckload to the dump. Thanks for asking, Andrew.

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