Today’s Hobbyhorses

Our extended Indian summer continues.

Early this morning the three of us spent some time in the garden where I photographed

a number of blooms, the names of which are all included in the galleries. The blue Morning Glories only flowered for the first time last week. Bees are still plundering the cosmoses.

After this we shopped at Ferndene Farm Shop, and continued on a forest drive.

Pigs and their piglets scurried across the road at Pilley. Louise, who lives in the house on the corner seen beyond the scene including porkers, a Shetland pony and a walker, stood for while at the gate flagging down motorists to point out the piglets they could not see as they approached the cattle grid. Jessie joined me in photographing the animals. Its bright berries enliven a cotoneaster tree on the green.

The beach at the end of Tanners Lane was gathering visitors like the two above; teasels grew in the field at the top of the slope.

This evening Jackie drove us to Mudeford to catch the


Swans were unperturbed by gulls taking flight.

I watched approaching its runway.

Two children sped along the shore on bikes with no pedals (Dandy horse bikes)- today’s hobbyhorses.

This evening we dined on tender roast lamb; crisp Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, sage and onion stuffing; crunchy carrots and cauliflower; tender runner beans, and meaty gravy, followed by coffee cake and New Forest ice cream, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden, I drank more of the Fleurie, and Jessie drank water.


  1. What a lot of pigs out today. I was unable to identify your red berries too.. The birds will be have a wonderful feeding frenzy right now.

  2. Such a beautiful array of blooms still looking lovely – I’m with the bees; Cosmos are my top pick!
    Your sky is so wonderfully full of warm Autumn Orange. I hope it means the same as ‘red sky at night’!

  3. I love all these photos, Derrick and Jackie! The ponies and porkers (my favorite Gloucester Old Spots) are adorable, and the molten sunsets over the water are gorgeous. Your gardens are still beautiful. The morning glories are only blooming now? That is unusual. So many things were out of sync due to this year’s weather.

    1. Thanks very much from us both, Lavinia. Jackie had been watching those morning glories all year – and suddenly, from about a week ago they are blooming above the kitchen roof.

  4. A gorgeous sunset Dwight … and Haiku for you
    Blazing the sky sinks
    Sunset kisses everything
    Fall’s finale crown …

      1. Hi Derrick, with your permission, may I use your ‘Sunset’ photo for my new poem’s feature image.. The poem will be called, “Is It True? “That Rainbows Dance At Sunset”

  5. You’ve outdone yourself today, Derrick! I love the wildness of the flowers, the delightful piglets and ponies, and the golden glowing sunset.

  6. Shetland ponies are doing quite the sensible thing, knowing fully well the rogues that pigs are. Kids along the shore make a pretty picture β€”the black, mysterious dog in the foreground adds richness to the frame.

  7. Gorgeous photos!
    Looks like the ponies are having a good hair day! πŸ™‚
    What an amazing sunset…and you captured it perfectly…it’s duet with water is breath-taking!
    Love that last photo…so sweet…kids and a dog (a little wiener-y dog, at that!)…not much better than this! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  8. So many beautiful photos. Jessie is fortunate to be there when the weather is so lovely. I particularly like the pigs, the gorgeous sunset photos, and the landing gull.

  9. Boy the garden is still looking absolutely fantastic! πŸ™‚ And those sunset shots are perfection, I especially loved the one with all the boats πŸ™‚

  10. Ohmyword….such beautiful photos! I love the ones with the children on their hobby horses in front of the lake ???

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