Rooting And Wallowing

This morning while Jackie shopped at Tesco I carried out a bunch of dead heading.

After lunch I wandered around the garden with my camera

and photographed a range of blooms, each of which is titled in the gallery;

a bee on a cosmos and a comma butterfly on verbena bonariensis.

Later this afternoon we drove into the forest and discovered from the presence of pigs trotting across Jordans Lane that pannage has begun. This is the period when pigs are freed to eat up the mast – acorns and other autumn fruits which are poisonous to ponies.

This gathering of pigs and piglets was more interested in rooting and wallowing on the still-muddy-enough-for-fun drying Pilley lake bed.

There had not been a scarecrow trail in Hordle this year, but it looks as if someone in Sheldrake Gardens had made their own individual effort in the form of this

pair representing the Gruffalo and mouse.

This evening we dined on oven fish and chips and peas, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Fleurie.


  1. We can look forward to more photographs of pigs! You and Jackie still have a wonderful array of colour in your garden – so beautiful to see.

  2. Your garden is still in full bloom and so lovely. Most of my pot plants are beginning to die off now.
    Lovely to see the pigs out again.

  3. The best part of gardening is the photographing haha!!!! Wonderful as usual. And those pigs. I know pigs can be a real pain, but they are quite cute!

  4. It must be quite a job to round up the pigs after they have time on the loose! And are the ponies somehow kept at bay while the pigs roam? The garden is still looking wonderful, with lots of variety and color!

  5. I am used to see free roaming horses but not pigs. Are they always there? The flower picture with the butterfly and the Clematis blooming through the chicken wire…are my favorites today.

  6. OHMYGOSH!!! The Fuchsia and the Snapdragons make me smile SO BIG!!! πŸ™‚ So good to see Dr. Ruppel, too! πŸ™‚ Ooh…and I also spotted an owl! πŸ™‚
    Aw, the piggies are working hard at their job and then taking the occasional snooze! πŸ˜€ Could their curlicue tails be any cuter! πŸ™‚
    The Comma Butterfly…how cool! I wonder if there are any Exclamation Point Butterflies in the world! ??? πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  7. Summer still reigns in your gardens, though the presence of pigs in the forest indicate autumn has arrived. Are those my favorite Gloucester Old Spots I see in some of those photos? Be careful of your trousers, Derrick! πŸ™‚

  8. Cosmos, verbena and pigs – three of my favourite things!
    Such a lovely idea to have a scarecrow trail!
    Those scarecrows are so creative – I hope the plot they are guarding is equally successful πŸ™‚

  9. Your garden photos are especially beautiful. The pigs look sweet. I’ve been getting to know two very large pigs at the sanctuary where i volunteer. They kinda remind me of dogs.

  10. That is a lovely parade of flowers of which it is hard to choose a favourite. Delta Sarah, Mrs Popple and Army Nurse, the dahlias and Lady Emma Hamilton are as enticing as they can be, and , importantly, I can remember their names now.

  11. Your garden doesn’t seem to care that autumn is coming – it’s beautiful!
    I appreciate the pigs even more now that I know they help protect the ponies!!

  12. Those fuchsias…be still my heart! They’re gorgeous, Derrick. I’ve missed growing cosmos these past few years. I had an amazing crop one year, and even gave seeds as gifts, but alas nothing nearly as spectacular since. You live in paradise: magazine-worthy gardens, ponies, wild pigs, and a loving companion.

  13. Your garden has such glorious colors while we are already beginning to see changes in our foliage. While I was walking yesterday, the tops of the trees were already showing their fall garb. I love your photos of the pigs!

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