Incineration Completed

This morning I posted

Jackie continued with the garden refuse incineration and after lunch

we emptied the last of the compost bags’ twiggy bits onto the middle bin to let them dry out before finally burning them; then carried half a dozen of the now empty bags to leave them at our free horse manure source in South Sway Lane. The yellow plank on the compost bin was the wonky mantelpiece we replaced soon after we arrived seven years ago.

Opposite the horse field in the lane a young copper beech was lit by the low sun.

We popped into Kitchen Makers where we delivered Richard’s jacket that he had left behind yesterday, then continued into the forest.

A bush of holly berries nodded to a tree draped with poppies of remembrance in Church Lane.

As we left Brockenhurst a silhouetted pony ambled across the road. Jackie parked on a patch of gravel beside the speed limit sign while I photographed

this animal and its companions against the still lowering sun.

Mushrooms grew on the verges of Sandy Down.

Wintery sunset signalled its approach from behind trees at Norley Wood.

This evening we dined on slow roasted belly of pork with crunchy crackling and Bramley apple sauce; crisp roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding; tender runner beans; firm Brussels sprouts; crunchy carrots, and tasty gravy, with which Jackie drank more of the Chardonnay, and I drank Azinhaga de Ouro 2019.


  1. Lovely photos, Derrick. Jackie is a hard worker taking care of all the foliage that needs to be burned. Once again, your dinner sounds so delicious, Jackie, you’re a wonderful cook! β˜ΊοΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§β€οΈ

  2. Those mushrooms look like little funnels!
    I love the pony pictures, especially the silhouette.
    Good job burning, Jackie. You must be glad that job is finished!

  3. There is a thread of peace and ‘winding down’ running through your post for today – including the ponies and the sunset pictures (lovely all). This is a sign of heading into winter, whereas we are enjoying the petrichor as drops of rain fall for the first time in a while, the greening of leaves and grass, the new wild flowers, and the sense that any day now swimming in our pool will bring welcome refreshment from the heat!

  4. I agree with everyone about how hard Jackie works. That’s a lot of smoke though.

    Beautiful photos–I particularly like the tree silhouette (also the pony with the same tree, I think?).

  5. What a productive day!
    I’d love to know what those fungi are, if you know their name – there are several around here, too – they are very attractive; like little space ships on stalks!

  6. Great work, Jackie!
    Great documenting of the work, Derrick!
    Beautiful photos today! Love the leaves, the nodding of the berries and the poppies, the pony silhouette, the upside-down-umbrella mushrooms, and the sun setting. πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  7. Your days are always an interesting round up. In this series, I was struck that your neighbour’s house forms part of your boundary fence. How curious. I’m glad you warned them about the burnoff. Not that I’d expect any less consideration from you two. So…I wonder whether those horses will contribute to stuffing your empty bags? And the mantlepiece – just one more wonky item from a house that never fails to deliver curiosities πŸ™‚ .

    1. Thank very much, Gwen. The neighbour’s house is a much extended cottage. Much of their garden was once part of ours. Yes, our house is a splendid example of dodgy DIY.

  8. Your mushrooms photos seem to stir my thoughts, and your image made me remember this old poem Derrick …

    “A Mushroom Anthem”

    Why is there always a dark side,
    When the moon shines so bright.
    Who’s taking us on this blindfold ride,
    While our reasoning is out of sight.

    Why is there always a silver lining,
    When the clouds are hovering so low.
    Who’s making the lower world glowing,
    While our malignant demons grow and grow.

    Why do we call them magic mushrooms,
    When all they bring is gloom and doom.
    Who’s controlling this aging Mother,
    While our pleading hands are hustled undercover.

    1. Thank you for those links, Clare; I think they may be Giant Funnels. Both apparently edible – though I’m not sure I have the courage to try – I wonder if you’ve eaten either?!

        1. Nor me – hence I haven’t either… but it seems such a shame not to be so sure – especially when forking out at the supermarket for fungi that look so similar. Stick to ‘better safe than sorry’, though! πŸ™‚

  9. Jackie looks determined in the upkeep of the conquered territory and presents great photographic storytelling opportunities. The silhouetted horse and the arched country road with a lone car are beautiful captures.

  10. The pony images are lovely, especially the silhouette.
    Jackie you must be relieved that the garden waste is cleared up and the bonfires have finally finished, I envy your energy; you are one amazing lady. πŸ˜‡.

    You Derrick must be pleased to have completed scourging the paperwork.

    It’s Thursday! Today’s the day. All the very best with your new system! πŸ™‚

  11. I presume that somebody has the job of taking down all those poppies. That will be a time consuming task although clearly worth it, given the visual effect they had.

  12. Oh, my, dinner sounds so, so good. My neighbor has a copper beech tree, rather large and just beginning to drop its leaves which will blow into my yard AFTER I raked my yard clear of maple leavesπŸ₯΄. Great pictures if your β€˜walk wherever we want to go’ animals.

  13. I love all these photos–so evocative of fall and the colors in the poppies and the holly pop. All the mist and smoke says fall. As for mushroom descriptions–I’m with you. I don’t know why the descriptions so often say they are edible…but might give you a stomach upset. I will stick to the ones I know for sure…or one of those logs impregnated with mushroom spores…

  14. I enjoyed all your photos from the day, Derrick and Jackie, especially the Copper Beech portrait. That is a very beautiful composition, and speaks of the season along with that wintry sunset.

  15. I like these photos a lot, Derrick. The copper beech in Autumn clothes, the holly berries and poppies, and especially the two darkest ones that show a shimmering outline of ponies.

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