Dreaming Of Christmas Dinner

Today Jackie filled the house with the aroma of her delicious jalfrezi sauce for the curry option of her Boxing Day culinary delights.

Taking a break after lunch on this mild, cloudy day occasionally graced with a peek of sunshine, she drove me into the forest.

Father Christmas once again toasts his toes on the Lymington River Christmas float, while gulls fly over moored boats.

Stopping at Shotts Lane to photograph skies and trees, we watched a raptor tracking potential prey, perhaps dreaming of its Christmas dinner.

Through holes in hedges along Lisle Court Lane we glimpsed the masts of Lymington Harbour.

The tree on the Portmore village green now sports its Christmas baubles;

someone must have dropped a jigsaw puzzle piece outside the telephone box converted to a book exchange. Although it did not belong to the puzzle inside the booth, I picked it up and placed it on top of the similar attraction, where at least it would have a chance to dry out.

A horse peered over a gate on Jordans Lane while another forever followed a pointer across a weather vane.

The crochet artist shy of publicity has now given us a Christmas mice theme atop the Pilley Hill letter collection box.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s tangy pasta arrabbiata and fresh green beans, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank Cahors Malbec 2019.

Published by derrickjknight

I am a septuagenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs

74 thoughts on “Dreaming Of Christmas Dinner

  1. I love the Christmas float in the river! Is it anchored, or does it float down the river? I also really like the pairing of the live horse and the weathervane horse.The crocheted mailbox topper is the best one yet!

  2. Not many more sleeps for Christmas Dinner Derrick.. There may be Grey skies above but you certainly found lots of Life and colour in both Nature and puzzles..
    A joy to read and that crocheting such fun and skill… πŸ˜€ Enjoy your new week ahead Derrick

  3. I enjoyed your little rhyme Derrick,
    “Father Christmas once again toasts
    his toes on the Lymington River Christmas float
    while gulls fly over moored boats.”

    which made me smile while I was writing a poem this morning … thank you for brightening my day Derrick

    “The calm whispering sky
    Becomes the morning’s warm footbath
    While doggie paws wander on the winding path

    Dawn’s old cogs begin turning
    Rusty axles are slowly rotating
    Daytime wheels start rolling
    Time never stops revolving
    New seasons always keep evolving
    And summertime lights up new horizons”

    The attached photo is from my/our morning walkie

  4. The jalfrezi sauce looks delicious, the raptor is breathtaking, and those Christmas mice are delightful! I wonder what happens to the crochet artist’s creations. She is quite talented.

  5. The silhouetted monochromes accentuate the colours of Christmas decorations. The post is festive and poetic in keeping with the season’s moods:

    Father Christmas once again
    toasts his toes on the
    Lymington River Christmas float,
    while gulls fly over
    moored boats.

  6. The river float, awesome. As for your crochet artist, they have got their knitting needles out as well.

    There’s a fb group aptly named Our Happy Place – a lot of us NZers on it but also smattering of other world wide places. photos to cheer one up – often with a theme, This week of course “it’s show us your Christmas decor” some very entertaining posts…

  7. I’d love to visit the Lymington River and where you photographed Lymington Harbour. How wonderful….

    I love the black and white photos but I’m sure glad that’s not a Veloci-raptor. πŸ˜‰

    “dreaming of its Christmas dinner” well maybe. I was soooo trying to get a sniff of Jackie’s jalfrezi sauce.

    Since we’re having Christmas a week before the actual dates with the “Siggee” family. Our son plans will begin with Christmas Eve and finish with a boxing day pool party. He’s a super cook when it comes to outdoor cooking. mmm… now after loosing 16 kilos over 4 months I hope I’m not tempted too much. I still want to wear my new size 12 swimming costumes for the real Christmas Day. πŸ˜‰ Looking forward to seeing grandchildren though.

    I so enjoyed today’s post Derrick.

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