Pool Patterns

Straight after lunch on another dimly lit unseasonably warm day we revisited

a largely lifeless Lyndhurst High Street where we shopped once more in Down to the Wood and this time in the Antiques Centre; and Jackie managed to resist entering Tasty Pastries.

On our return through Boldrewood one of the pottering ponies produced pool patterns blended with knobbly branches.

Enticed by a pink streak slashing the distant sky we diverted to Barton on Sea for a look at it.

This evening we dined on slow roasted boned and rolled breast of lamb; small new boiled potatoes, crunchy carrots, cauliflower and broccoli; and tender runner beans, with which I drank more of the Pomerol while Jackie abstained.


  1. I can so imagine the ponies pottering on what really was such an unseasonably warm day!
    I do enjoy the images you create with your words as well as those with your camera.
    A day for end of year reflections as they pottered, I think ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. To me, those old roots and branches typify as Nature’s abstract art. Terrific!
    Jackie, it’s the Holidays!! If you get to the Antiques Centre again – walk right into that pastry shop!!

  3. Fun shops!
    Such beautiful pony AND sky photos!
    I love your p- alliteration! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Pretty pony pondering pose, perhaps pondering pastries…possibly physiognomy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. What a wonderfully “knobbly” set of photogenic branches. And please tell Jackie that Sher and I admire her self restraint. There is no way we would have been able to resist Tasty Pastries, especially after a jaunt in the Antiques store.

  5. I enjoyed all the photos from your day. The pony and tree reflecting in the pool make an interesting composition. The tree’s reflection looks a bit other-worldly under a moody grey sky.

  6. Resisting pastries can be tough โ€”itโ€™s a mental game one has to win over oneโ€™s impulses. Jackieโ€™s restraint is commendable. The reflections in still water have produced sterling images. The landscape looks great.

  7. A lovely variety of town and country. I love the pony reflections, and the bright holiday windows. I don’t know why I think Jackie’s mouth was watering behind her mask!

  8. What is that pink streak? I can’t work it out. Loved the reflection in the pond. The reflection was so still it looked better than the real tree above it.

  9. Lyndhurst High Street: now that is something you’d never see in Australia. How wonderfully evocative. And in regard to Boldrewood I imagine Thomas Browne (Robbery Under Arms) took that name for some connection he had?

    1. Thanks very much, John. Your question about Boldrewood got me researching, as although I had heard of Robbery Under Arms I had not known Browne. Here is a paragraph from the Australian National Biography entry: ‘His first book, printed in 1878 as Ups and Downs, was a realistic description of his squatting experiences in fictional form, and originally published as the serial ‘The Squatter’s Dream’, 1875. For the serial he first adopted his pen-name, taking the ‘Boldrewood’ from Scott’s Marmion and prefacing it with the Norse ‘Rolf’. His 1879 diary reveals that he was the author of the anonymous S. W. Silver’s Australian Grazier’s Guide (1879-81), a comprehensive two-volume manual on sheep and cattle.

  10. What a magnificent photo of the “pottering ponies [who] produced pool patterns” … and I love your prose as much as your photography!

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