Hotter Than Expected

This morning I worked on the next “A Knight’s Tale” post.

On this unseasonably balmy afternoon Jackie drove us up to the north of the forest, where

donkeys on the road outside Faraway Cottage caused a certain amount of traffic chaos.

My chauffeuse parked at Godshill Pit while I wandered among

dappled woodland with variously hued bracken and tree foliage.

Jackie also pictured spiky gorse, brown and green bracken; and, as I ambled along she produced an image for “Where’s Derrick?” (5)

As we passed a pair of Joggers on the road outside Hale, one, like me in my jacket, had found the day hotter than expected, prompting her to complete the peeling of her sweater.

This evening we dined on succulent pork chops served on a moist melange of leaks, peppers, and onions; boiled and roasted potatoes; flavoursome roast parsnips; crisp Yorkshire pudding, and tasty gravy with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I finished the zinfandel.


  1. Luckily, I was on my way out the door to pick up a friend to go to a restaurant for comida when I decided to stop and read a few blogs. Your ending promptly whetted my appetite, as usual, and this time I won’t have to wait for hours to satisfy the urge!

  2. Beautiful colors. It seems to glow. Lovely photos by you and Jackie. (You are well-hidden.)
    A store near us has that Zinfandel. I may have to try it. ?

  3. Jackie, you took a great picture, but Derrick is too big to hide, haha ?
    And Derrick, what are you ding taking a picture of a jogger taking her clothes off – (just kidding of course). ?

  4. Enjoy the warmth while it lasts, guys! The forest floor there looks very much like it does in Michigan, my home state. It smells so good! ?โค๏ธ??

  5. You are well camouflaged amongst the bracken, but I spy you!
    Jackie’s selection of vegetables sounds like a wonderful transition from late summer to Autumn; perfectly chosen. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Beautiful photos, Derrick and Jackie!

    Great “W’sD” photo, Jackie! He is camouflaged so well in the autumn-ness around him! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I bet Derrick was easy to find when you put the pork chops (and ETC!) on the table! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜›
    Yum on all the veggies you served! ๐Ÿ™‚ I could eat up any leftovers for you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You know I always love seeing the donkeys! I hope nobody yelled at them, or told them “Move your a$$!” ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Stay cool…don’t drool! (Cooper added the “don’t drool” part! ๐Ÿ˜€ )
    ((((HUGS))) <3 ๐Ÿ™‚
    Q: What did the donkey do when he saw a bad driver?
    A: HEE-HAWnked his horn!

  7. So, bracken is a type of fern? By whatever name, I’ve always loved their primal look and have some ferns in my shady front yard.

  8. Your unseasonable warm weather and in our part of the world winter refuses to leave for good! You have captured the turning colours of the bracken very well.

  9. We had a wonderfully warm day like that here yesterday. Today we are back in the clouds with rain in the forecast.

    I planted the daffodils around your Michael’s tree early this afternoon. A ring of 30 golden beauties.

  10. I enjoyed traveling through the dappled woodland with you, Derrick. These are our last two days in Europe. Itโ€™s another magical, blue sky day here. We had tomato fondue for lunch and raclette for dinner last night with which we drank a yummy Syrah and an Italian Nebbiolo ?

  11. That looks like a determined donkey duo near the Faraway Cottage. It is an idyllic photograph nonetheless, and I wish I was home and had the luxury of a larger screen which would have also facilitated solving the puzzle โ€˜Where โ€˜s Derrick?โ€™ Your shooting predilections have kindled in me an interest for the fallen foliage and trees.

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